BADMINTON England President Geoff Rofe today paid tribute to former England international, coach and team manager Paul Whetnall, who died on Thursday aged 67.
“He was a great servant to English and Kent badminton, first as a player then as a coach.
“I only saw him on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week. He came to see me about an idea for a trophy. It’s very sad news.”
In his playing career Paul won three English National singles titles (1970, 1975 and 1976) and one mixed doubles title with Maggie Boxall (1970) and made 36 England appearances between 1969 and 1980.
But his best achievement was winning the men’s singles silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970.
Four years later in Christchurch, New Zealand, he won the mixed doubles silver medal with Nora Perry while wife Sue took bronze with Elliot Stuart.
After ending his playing career he became a respected coach, first with the Canadian Badminton Association and then with England.
He coached the England squad at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh and was team manager at the 1990 Games in Auckland, New Zealand. England won team gold on both occasions.
He was in charge of the England squad at the 1983 world championships in Copenhagen and again in 1989 in Jakarta.Recently he has been coaching junior players in Kent.
He leaves wife Sue, son Andrew and daughter Claire.
His funeral will take place on 21 May at 11am – 12.30pm. Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane, Chatham ME5 9QU.
A celebration of his life will take place afterwards, with the venue and timings to be confirmed.
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