Chief Technical Official

Posted by Carissa Turner at 03:08 on 7 August 2017

Badminton Wales are pleased to announce the appointment of David Bayliss as our Chief Technical Official.

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David has been an umpire representing Wales in many international tournaments since 2011 and is an International Line Judge in the Badminton Line Judges Association of England, working at the All England Championships since 2011 and from 2016 as a Team leader there. He has worked at the Belgium International, the Commonwealth Games 2014 and has been selected for the World Championships in Glasgow in August 2017.
David has refereed junior tournaments and the Four Nations Para-Badminton Championships for Wales. He plays in the local Gwent League for Abersychan Club, having played for Ponthir, Llantarnam, Cwmbran Star and Gwent Police and Wales Police in the annual national police competitions as he 
served as an Independent Member of Gwent Police Authority from 2007 to 2012.

As well as being involved in badminton, David has worked in international tennis for over 20 years in the ITF, WTA, LTA and Wimbledon for 19 years, as an umpire, line judge and as a Team Leader where he has officiated at the Australian Open and Sydney International.

David also volunteers as a school governor at West Monmouth School, Pontypool, responsible for Numeracy and Welsh in the school. He has held the post of Vice-chairman in the past, he started in 2013 and finish in 2019 when his term of appointment ends. 

David joined the WBUA in 2011 in order that he may learn badminton officiating. He found that he could utilise skills from tennis in to his badminton officiating – where they use similar techniques, the same tournament software and personal skills required for individual decision making on court and for working under pressure in teams at various levels.

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(Bernardino Lorenzo, David Bayliss, Callum Searlle at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014)

In his new role David will work alongside the Events Officer, Carissa Turner in delivering top quality events and act as the liaison between Badminton Wales and the Officials. 
He will be integral in the recruitment and training of new officials, continued development of current officials and delivery of the Badminton Wales events calendar.

To grow the Events programme we will need to grow the officials workforce in Wales and we will need to do so within the constraints of limited funding. David and Carissa will work together, along with help from other Welsh officials, to achieve the goal of growing the officials workforce and provide training courses across Wales. 

All Badminton Wales Officials work on a voluntary basis and we are forever grateful to all Officials, past and present, for their dedication and commitment to ensuring our sport thrives. 
We believe that by adopting a structured and centrally coordinated approach to Umpire and Line Judge recruitment, training, and deployment it will strengthen the foundations of the Umpire and Line Judge programme in Wales enabling us to grow numbers. 

Badminton Wales would like to officially welcome David to the role and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.
Please keep an eye out in the coming weeks for an updated Events Calendar and Officials Page on our website.