MEET THE TEAM
Lorraine was introduced to disability badminton coaching by Disability Sport Fife in 2006 where she set up badminton sessions for adults and children, whilst training to become a UKCC Level 2 coach. Shortly after the sessions had begun, Lorraine became part of a steering group in Scotland, facilitating in the introduction of disability badminton groups in both Glasgow and Lothian.
Lorraine moved to London in 2008 and set up a weekly disability badminton session as part of the Badminton England Inclusive Club programme at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club, where she also plays badminton herself. The session has grown year on year and Lorraine has effectively introduced a new session for physically disabled and wheelchair players, ensuring all individuals can pick up a racket and play. With the support of Badminton England Disability Badminton Fund, Lorraine has also introduced a new pan-disability session at East Surrey YMCA, Redhill as well as joining forces with Special Olympics GB to introduce badminton into Surrey’s extensive sports programme for players with a learning disability.
“I aspire to increase participation in disability badminton through grassroots projects aimed at youngsters in the UK as this will be fundamental to creating the next generation of world class players”
Kaity started playing badminton when she was 6 years old at her local games hall in Scotland and over the years played in the Scottish National Junior team between the ages of 14 and 18, winning two national titles. Kaity’s journey into disability badminton was encouraged by the late Russell Hogg, Kaity’s coach at the time - volunteering at the '4 Nations' event when she was just sixteen and thoroughly enjoying supporting the coaches and organisers whilst meeting some inspirational players.
Over the next 4 years Kaity trained as a coach supported by Lyndon Williams and Alex Bird and was over the moon to be asked to coach the Para-Badminton team at the Europeans. Kaity spent the next 6 years as the Scottish Para-Badminton head coach and has since moved to London to work with Lorraine at Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club alongside taking on a sports development role at Enable Leisure and Culture, where a main priority of the role is disability sport. As if the above was not enough(!), Kaity works alongside the Badminton World Federation and Badminton Europe delivering Disability Badminton Coach Education worldwide.
"I am extremely excited for Para-Badminton to be in the Paralympics it is a real showpiece event and I can’t wait to see the impact the exposure is going to have in the development of Disability Badminton across the UK"
Jim has spent 40 years working in Corporate Finance in the UK, Ireland and the USA. He now sits on and chairs a number of Boards in both an executive and non-executive capacity. With his wealth of experience in the finance sector, Jim provides financial and strategic support to ADBC.
Jim is a keen sportsman.
"Sport not only supports individuals physically, it also supports mental health. ADBC want to ensure as many individuals as possible can access disability badminton sessions throughout the UK"