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Kenneth Charles Turner

Kenneth Charles Turner (Member 1987)

b. 20 August 1933

One of the greatest sportsmen produced by Tasmania, Turner has dominated the State and Australian badminton scene since 1955, first as a player and more recently as a coach. During his illustrious career Turner has clearly demonstrated that he was one of the most skilled and highly respected exponents of the game in Australia.

Turner represented Tasmania on 10 occasions, in eight of which he was Captain and on two occasions successfully led the Tasmanian team to victory in the interstate Clendinnen Shield (Hobart 1962 and Adelaide 1964).

In National competitions, 1958 saw Turner victorious in both the, men's singles and mixed doubles titles at the Adelaide championships. He was to go on in 1962 to win the men's doubles and mixed doubles and the singles, mixed and men's doubles in 1964.

In 1965 Turner was successful in the mixed doubles, repeating the performance in 1966.

In International matches, Turner represented Australia several times as Captain; in Thomas Cup contests for the world's men's championship and for the Whyte Trophy against New Zealand.

Turner was the first Tasmanian selected to Captain an Australian badminton team (1959) and was the first player to win three State championships in the one year 1954).

In 1966 he represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica as Captain, Manager and No.1 player of the badminton side.