John Forster was an avid supporter of para-badminton for several years and volunteered as the unofficial England team manager and coach for the vast majority of those years, (tirelessly doing the work of at least 2 people in one) and by attending all the international tournaments, and we were all extremely grateful for his help. He voluntarily took on the responsibility of attending meetings, sorting out food and drink vouchers for the players, organised the team and dealt with any other problems the England team had. No problem was too big or small, he happily and successfully dealt with them all.
Without John doing this voluntary manager and coach role there may not have been an England para-badminton team, as no one would have been there to do the various behind the scenes jobs that are crucial to the team, without him to do these jobs the team would have hugely struggled and been unable to play their games to the best of their abilities.
John was well known and loved by the para-badminton world, and by players all over the world. His death is a great loss to England para-badminton, especially to all his many friends from the para-badminton world – he will be greatly missed by all.
We extend our sincere condolences to John’s wife Pat and and to all of John’s family. Our thoughts are will them at this difficult time.
"For me, John was a great friend and always was a delight to see him at Para-Badminton tournaments, John directly instigated my ranking points in the Euros 2012. Thank you. I will miss you dearly, he will live forever in my heart" - Daniel Lee (SL4 Para-Badminton player).
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