This presentation, was made by the Chairman, Jeff Brydon, in recognition of the outstanding contribution Abby has made to not only Wycombe Badminton Centre, but Badminton as a whole.
His many years of voluntary work, both as a coach and latterly as an official have taken Abby around the world, where his expertise in line judging has been in demand, in both an organisational as well as a teaching capacity.
Abby officiated at the London Olympic games in 2012, as well as many World Championships and high profile tournaments on a global scale.
Abby was a pioneering influence when he contributed to junior club ”Booker Tigers” , where weekends were devoted to promoting and developing junior players.
He was instrumental in gaining Performance Centre status, an accreditation from the governing body Badminton England, which is still flourishing today, producing many top England juniors as well as boasting three senior England internationals.
All of these achievements would not have been possible without Abby’s dedication to the Centre. Indeed in 2006 he was responsible for overseeing the project management of a new floor in the hall and a complete refurbishment. Today the hall at the Centre is still regarded as the best practice facility in the country and this is due in no small part to the exacting standards instilled by Abby Kumar.
In recognising Abby’s outstanding contribution, the current Centre manger Alistair jones, described him as “a unique figure in the sport of Badminton, whose generous time and expert overview is sort and acted upon by the decision makers at the highest level”.
As the current Vice President of Badminton England, Abby still contributes to committees nationally, and Wycombe Badminton Centre is very proud to have been able to acknowledge his outstanding contribution to the development of Badminton .