Lavinia Radeglia

Radeglia, LaviniaLavinia Clara Radeglia was born in Kensington in 1878. She first played badminton in 1903 at the Richmond BC, but moved on to the Alexandra Palace BC. In the season 1907/8 she became a very promising player, her first notable performance in tournament play being at Surbiton in January 1908 when she reached the final of the Open Mixed Doubles with P.D.Fitton. In December 1908 she won her first open at Dieppe playing with Miss Larminie. She was recognised as a good singles player and in March 1909 reaching the final of the All England Ladies’ Singles losing to Miss Lucas.
During the next season, playing with Mr Fitton she won her first open championship in the Surrey Mixed Doubles. She also won the Dieppe Ladies’ Singles and took a game off Miss Lucas at the All England Championships. She was selected for England in 1909 and in all made 6 international appearances, the last in 1923. She was winner of the All England Singles on three occasions, 1913, 1914 and 1923, and the ladies doubles in 1920 when she played with Miss Elton.
During the middle 1920’s abandoned her amateur status and took the game up professionally with the result that a large number of pupils gained from her coaching. She gave much to badminton off the court, being at one time editor of the Badminton Gazette.
She was also well known as a Lawn Tennis player competing in many open tournaments with considerable success. She also became a professional tennis coach.
She died in 1947 at Budleigh Salterton, aged 68.