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Tim Thompson

Tim Thompson (Member 1987)

12 April 1913 - 22 July 1989

Tim Thompson dominated Tasmanian badminton during the 1930's, his prowess and skill at the game leading to numerous victories. He won the Tasmanian Men's Singles in 1934 and 1936, the Men's Doubles in 1932 and 1933 and the Mixed Doubles in 1936.

Thompson represented the State on three occasions in 1934, 1947 (as Captain) and 1950. In 1936, he took J. Devlin, the reigning world champion, to 3 sets in Hobart.

On a national level Thompson won the Australian Men's Singles in 1936 and the Mixed Doubles in the same year. 1939 was to see him take out his second Mixed Doubles. In 1938 and 1939 Thompson was a member of the Australian team who played New Zealand for the Whyte Trophy.

World War Two put an end to competitive badminton and it was not to resume until 1947. This seven year interval undoubtedly robbed Thompson of greater feats. However, with the return of competitive badminton, Thompson was able to demonstrate that he still had what it took, when he successfully won his second Australian Men's Singles crown in 1947.