The Bob Forster Salvers – Annual Awards for The Most Promising Girl & Boy in The County

These awards were established in 2001.  Mrs Brenda Forster donated two salvers in memory of her late husband Bob Forster, who served on the Executive Committee (now renamed Management Committee) for 14 years, acting as County Secretary for 10 of those.  Bob retired from the Committee in 1997, but unfortunately became very ill in the autumn of 1998 and died towards the end of the following year.  Bob represented Northumberland during his playing career and did a huge amount of voluntary administrative work for the County.

 

The annual awards that bear his name are made to Northumberland’s “most promising” girl and boy.  The criteria, as agreed previously by the Association’s former Schools and Youth Sub-Committee, are as follows:

·   Players considered should generally be Under 15 or over (using Badminton England’s age classifications), although particularly strong candidates at younger ages may be considered;

·   They would have clear promise to develop into strong players at senior County level;

·   They would be expected to be in the top County squad;

·   They would be strong supporters of the junior County teams; and

·   They would be nominated by the County coach(es) in conjunction with appropriate team managers.

Previous winners of the awards are:

 

YEAR

GIRL

BOY

2001

Lauren Young

Will Sharp

2002

Sara Potter

Maurice Bourke

2003

Niki Cholakova

Tom Sharp

2004

Sarah Taylor

Hugh Woodford

2005

Eleanor Laws

Andrew Grant

2006

Helena Woodburn

Ben Mellish

2007

Victoria Brewis

Steven Gibbons

2008

Emma Reaston

Ben Oakley

2009

Alex Brown

Mayank Banerjee

2010

Katherine Tyler

Tom Appleyard

2011

Lauren Walker

Daniel Conway

2012

Hannah Charlton

Jishnu Bhattacharya

2013

Annie Karn

Garrylee McMullen

 

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