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EDE-CLENDINNEN SHIELD - HISTORY
(Adapted from BA website)
The Ede-Clendinnen teams event is Australia's senior event. It is usually hosted in late August / early September each year. It has a maximum of eight State/Territory Teams. This interstate teams competition is followed by an individual tournament.
It has a significant history. Reginald Ede-Clendinnen, with the support of Victorians Harold Wray and Alf Lennard, decided to start an official interstate series in 1935, the year the Australian Badminton Association was formed (previously there had been a series of interstate competitions from 1929 to 1934). Clendinnen donated the shield for the teams competition, with the three states of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia contesting the event. The competition has continued till today with only a short break from 1940 to 1946.
When the original shield was completely filled with the winners names, the Hon. Roy Ward donated a second shield perpetuating the name "Clendinnen". The original shield hangs in the headquarters of the Badminton Association of Western Australia.
Clendinnen was a significant person in Australian Badminton. He was born in New Zealand, Badminton Tasmania President in 1930 and 1931 and in 1933 he became a life member of the Tasmanian Badminton Association. Clendinnen was also the founding President of the Australian Badminton Association in 1935.
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