Sadly one of Cornwall's most well-known players, Graham Drew, passed away this season.
A keen sportsman with an interest in a variety of sports, Graham was a gifted badminton player raised in the Helston area, though he moved away from Cornwall as a young man to Surrey to commence a career in banking.
Eventually he moved into teaching, where he used his banking knowledge to introduce his pupils to the importance of taking care of personal finances, which many must have come to appreciate later in their own lives.
Teaching brought him back to Cornwall and he soon re-established himself into the local badminton scene and represented Helston club; the Drew brothers Peter, Tony and Graham became feared opponents on-court, helping to promote Helston club as a force to be reckoned with.
In time he was to move to the Newquay area and play with the club there, eventually marrying fellow club member Rosie Sylvestre and setting up home together in Newquay.
There are many young players in that area who came to value Grahams help as a coach in honing their court craft.
Perhaps his most valuable contribution to Cornish badminton was his service as County Chairman in the early years of this century, presiding over the bold initiative to appoint a Development Officer, a move which can now be seen as instrumental in reviving the fortunes of the sport by forging closer links with the established senior squads and the fast progressing junior side, with many young players now forming a crucial element of those senior teams.
A natural raconteur, Grahams witty and incisive addresses are the stuff of legend at annual county presentations; for this and his many other talents he will be missed.