BNZ Mourns Passing of Jeff Robson

September 7, 2022

Badminton New Zealand Life Member Jeff Robson has passed away aged 95 on 5th September in Auckland, after a distinguished career as a badminton administrator and player.

Robson was a dual-international, having represented New Zealand in both badminton and tennis, competing at both the Thomas Cup and Davis Cup (tennis). He played in five Thomas Cups and 12 Whyte Trophy ties for New Zealand.

After his retirement from playing, Robson continued contributing to the badminton community for many years as a BWF Certificated Referee and as a member of the IBF council for 25 years, including roles on the Executive Board and Events Committee. He was President of the New Zealand Badminton Federation, heavily involved in the building of Auckland Badminton Stadium and the development of the Badminton New Zealand Museum.

Badminton New Zealand mourns Jeff's passing and we share our sincere condolences with his family and many friends.

Dr Jeffrey Ellis Robson (MBE)

30 September 1926 - 5 September 2022

IBF Career
1979: Council Member
1989-2004: Vice President
1989-2004: Chairman of Technical Committee
1990-2002: Chair of International Championships and Tournaments Committee
1997-2002: Deputy Chair of Council
2000: Badminton Technical Delegate at Sydney Olympics
2005- : Honorary Life Vice President
2010: Herbert Scheele Award

New Zealand career
1973-75: President of Auckland Badminton
1977-: Life Member of Auckland Badminton
1981-83: President of Badminton New Zealand
1983-: Life Member of Badminton New Zealand
1995-: Patron of Badminton New Zealand

A Celebration of Jeff's life will be held at the All Saints Chapel, Purewa Crematorium, 100-102 St Johns Road, Meadowbank on Friday 9th September at 10am.