Jim Mackay

Posted by Laura Morgan at 02:07 on 17 July 2015

Tribute - Jim Mackay

Para-badminton sadly lost one of its champions, Jim Mackay, on Thursday 16th July 2015. 

Jim was a champion of the sport in both senses of the word, on court as a former European and World Champion in Wheelchair badminton and also in his work towards getting badminton into the Paralympic Games.

His contribution to para-badminton, through work with the International Badminton Association for the Disabled (IBAD), which later become the Para-Badminton World Federation (PBWF), resulted in Jim being awarded the "Distinguished Service Award" by BWF in 2010.

Lyndon Williams said of Jim,

“In a nutshell it was Jim who first got me involved with Disability Badminton and thus Welsh Badminton took up the challenge. The journey with Jim and the rest of the crew in Wales was always educational and always entertaining. I am pleased Jim was able to see that something that he helped start, make it all the way to the top…..the Paralympic Games. My memories of Jim will not fade and I know I will still be smiling in years to come”

CEO Eddie O’Neill commented,

“Jim was unmistakably Scottish with strong views about the world but always tinged with an element of humour which made him many friends in the world of badminton. It’s clear that his contribution to disability badminton both as an athlete and as an administrator will long be remembered and its without doubt that he played a vital part in the process which now sees Para badminton as an Olympic sport.”

Badminton Wales extends its deepest sympathies to Jim’s family.