John Havers Obituary, Death – After 92 years, Badminton England mourns former Chairman and President John Havers. John played, managed, picked, and promoted badminton in England for years. Starting in the Barking League, Romford-born joined Essex before impressing England selections. In 1965, he and his younger brother Bill Havers won the English National Badminton Championships men’s doubles.
In 1964 and 1968, the couple finished second in England’s badminton championships. John got seven caps. He placed second in mixed doubles at the 1967 National Championships with sister-in-law Patricia Page. At his retirement, John selected the English badminton team and oversaw the 1974 Commonwealth Games team in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Off the court, he developed his leadership skills as Badminton England’s Deputy Chairman in 1966 and Chairman in 1996. After Chairmanship, John became the governing body president in 2004. He represented England, Europe, and the World Federation. Besides cricket and West Ham, John adored being a badminton ambassador. A 2004 BWF Meritorious Service Award honored his achievements. He was elected President in the same year and served for six years till 2010.
After obtaining the meritorious contribution Award again in 2015, “in recognition of long and distinguished service to badminton throughout the world,” his legacy will continue. John died with his family after a long Alzheimer’s battle. CEO Sue Storey said: “John gave a lifetime commitment to badminton, and Badminton England and the community are grateful for his passion and dedication. Thanks, John, and rest easy.” Badminton England and his many friends miss John and are thinking of his family during this difficult time.