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04-13-2005, 07:00 PM #1
Oldest competitive badminton player passes away
This is an article from badminton bc:
Henry O. Paynter
Badminton BC would like to note that badminton legend Henry O. Paynter (Westbank) passed away at age 98, the afternoon of March 30th. Henry was recognized as the world's oldest badminton player by Guinness World Records Inc. in 2003. He played out of the Kelowna Badminton Club.
Our thoughts are with the Paynter family as they go through this difficult time. Henry was an inspiration and will be remembered by many.
3:26 am April 5, 2005
WESTBANK, British Columbia â€“ Henry Paynter Sr., listed in the Guinness Book of World Record as the oldest competitive badminton player in the world, is dead at 98.
Paynter, an orchardist, farmer and beekeeper in this southern British Columbia interior town, died recently after his health declined following a mild stroke three weeks ago, relatives said.
He was born in 1907 in England, moving with his family to Kelowna at age 2 and then to Westbank 10 years later.
He became a beekeeper at age 12, bought his first orchard in 1927 and farmed his entire life, also studying at Herbert Business College and serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.
In his later years he competed in badminton tournaments across British Columbia and in major cities throughout Canada.
Two years ago, when Paynter was 96, he was listed in Guinness as the oldest competitive badminton player in the world. That same year he planted, watered and weeded a corn patch, then picked 1,900 ears of corn by himself.
After his stroke he insisted on attending one last badminton tournament, socializing with friends over the Easter weekend in Nelson.
Seems to be the week of baddy records lol
04-13-2005, 07:22 PM #2
i'm very sorry to hear that, as many others on BC. lets hope he rests in peace, and be remembered as a great badminton legend!!
04-13-2005, 11:18 PM #3
Huh, didn't know that Henry Paynter Sr recently passed away. Condonlences to the family. He was apparently quite a character and was playing competitive badminton in MD with his son, Henry Jr. (53 yrs) in the 45+ category and singles in the 80+ category!
I have heard from a number of senior players that badminton is what kept them young and going. Goes to show you what a great game badminton is!
For those interested, some family history of the Paynter family
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