Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

Tribute to Cedric Baxter, OAM

Carnegiecentre.com pays tribute to the late Cedric Baxter, OAM, a distinguished figure in the world of badminton who passed away on March 10, 2024, at the age of 93.

A Remarkable Career

Cedric Baxter had an impressive career in badminton that spanned nearly 40 years, where he made a significant impact at various levels of the sport. He served with great distinction at the state (Badminton Western Australia), national (Badminton Australia), continental (Badminton Oceania), and international (IBF) levels.

Contributions to Badminton

Cedric Baxter was one of the key figures who played a crucial role in the establishment of the Oceania Badminton Confederation (OBC) in 1987. Alongside other prominent individuals such as Roy Ward, Heather Robson, Jeff Robson, and Ian Palmer, he laid the foundation for the OBC, which has played a vital role in the development of badminton in the Oceania region.

Throughout his tenure, Cedric Baxter served in various capacities, including as the OBC Continental Representative on the IBF Council from 1993 to 2003. He also actively participated in several IBF committees, such as the Rules and Laws Committee, Development Committee, Continental Coordination Committee, Awards Committee, and Publicity Committee, showcasing his deep commitment to the sport.

Achievements and Recognitions

In addition to his administrative contributions, Cedric Baxter was also an accomplished player. Born in Burma in 1930, he brought his passion for the sport to Australia after World War II. He served as the President of Badminton Western Australia for 11 years, during which time he also held the position of President of Badminton Australia twice, in 1971 and 1977. Following his presidency, Cedric Baxter served as the Honorary Secretary of Badminton Australia from 1979 to 1991.

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Cedric Baxter’s dedication to badminton was recognized with numerous honors. In 1990, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his outstanding service to the sport. He was also a Life Member of Badminton Australia, Badminton Western Australia, and Commonwealth Games Australia. In 2003, he received the prestigious BWF Distinguished Service Award, which further solidified his impact on the badminton community.

Beyond Badminton

Apart from his contributions to badminton, Cedric Baxter was also a talented graphic designer and artist. His exceptional skills as a cartoonist allowed him to bring humor and lightheartedness to discussions and meetings within the sport’s governing bodies. His drawings depicting the Laws of Badminton, featured in various publications, will be remembered as part of his enduring legacy.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Cedric Baxter’s lifelong companion Patricia, their sons, and the entire family who have lost a beloved father. The world of badminton bids farewell to a remarkable personality who will be greatly missed.

-Torsten Berg, BWF Honorary Life Vice President

FAQs

Q: What were Cedric Baxter’s notable accomplishments in the world of badminton?
A: Cedric Baxter had a remarkable career in badminton, making significant contributions at the state, national, continental, and international levels. He played a crucial role in the establishment of the Oceania Badminton Confederation and served as the OBC Continental Representative on the IBF Council. Additionally, he actively participated in various IBF committees, showcasing his dedication to the sport.

Q: How was Cedric Baxter recognized for his contributions?
A: Cedric Baxter received several honors for his outstanding service to badminton. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1990 and was a Life Member of Badminton Australia, Badminton Western Australia, and Commonwealth Games Australia. In 2003, he was bestowed with the prestigious BWF Distinguished Service Award.

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Summary

Carnegiecentre.com commemorates the life and achievements of Cedric Baxter, OAM, an influential figure in the world of badminton. With a career spanning almost four decades, he left an indelible mark on the sport at various levels. His instrumental role in establishing the Oceania Badminton Confederation and his active involvement in numerous IBF committees are testaments to his dedication to the game. Cedric Baxter’s contributions were recognized with prestigious honors and awards, solidifying his impact on the badminton community. Beyond his sporting endeavors, he was a talented graphic designer and artist, known for his humor-filled illustrations. The badminton world bids farewell to an outstanding personality, and our thoughts go out to his loved ones.