At the Sport Newcastle Unsung Heroes Awards evening, NBA President Bob Pearson deservedly received an Unsung Heroes Award.

Read more about the many years of voluntary service that Bob has given to our sport:

Bob, current President of NBA, has been involved for well over 60 years in developing badminton at Club, County and National level.

He helped set up the first club he played in in Newcastle and was instrumental in setting up and expanding to over 100 members the badminton club at Ponteland Leisure Centre in the 1970s.

Bob joined NBA’s Management Committee around 1970, and after a few years became County Match Secretary, then Assistant Referee, then Referee of the prestigious Open Tournament which regularly attracted top international players. He then became NBA Chairman (2003-2008) followed by President (2011), a position he still holds today.

In 1986 Bob’s job led to a move down south for a number of years. In 1988 he was appointed an Honorary Vice President of NBA and was asked to represent the County on Badminton England’s Council. Bob rapidly became highly respected by Badminton England and served on their Development and Finance Committees, then the Events Committee and Tournament Policy Group, which he chaired for several years. After 16 years, Bob returned to the north-east and in 2003 became Chairman of NBA. He withdrew from all Badminton England Committees except Council in 2006, but remained very involved locally. When NBA was based for several years at the sports centre at Benfield School, Bob became a vital member of the Benfield Management Board, and was invited to join the school’s Board of Governors. Bob’s wide knowledge and meticulous planning for meetings have been outstanding and very highly respected nationally and locally. Even at his advanced age, Bob still regularly attends NBA Management Committee meetings and remains committed to our County.

Bob’s huge contribution to badminton in England was recognised during the 2005/6 season when he received an English Badminton Award “For long standing exceptional service to badminton in England”.

“It is fitting that Bob has been recognised locally for his huge contribution to badminton not only in Northumberland but nationally.” commented NBA Secretary Norma Waterfield, who successfully nominated Bob.

Bob receiving his award from Sport Newcastle Chairman Alan Younger

Badminton also played a part in two other Unsung Heroes Awards.  Russell Perry, current Match Secretary of NESLC, received his award for his huge contribution to cricket.  Dorothy Chipchase, who was a member of NBA’s Management Committee while she was teaching at Church High School, where she developed badminton into a major sport in the school, with several really good girls from the school progressing to County Junior and even Senior teams, received her award mainly for her huge contribution to athletics in the North East and nationally.

Dorothy receiving her award from Steve Harper

Russell receiving his award from Steve Harper

The three award winners

All the Unsung Heroes Award winners with Steve Harper and Alan Younger and also Karen Chapman who also presented some awards.

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