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Cedric Anthony Baxter OAM

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Awarded Life Membership 8 July 1995

 

Born: 1930

 

Born in Burma is 1930, fleeing during World War II where they moved firstly to India then Australia in 1947, Cedric Baxter’s involvement in badminton began at a young age as a regular tournament player before moving into the administration of the game he loved in Western Australia.

In 1965 he became secretary of Badminton Western Australia and served as President for 11 years from 1966. During this time, he also became President of Badminton Australia in 1971 and again in 1979.

Following his final term as President, Cedric became Secretary of Badminton Australia, a position he held from 1979 to 1991.

He was involved in the formation of Oceania Badminton Confederation in 1987 and served as their representative on the International Badminton Federation for 16 years.

His roles withing Badminton saw him sit on the Board of Commonwealth Games Australia.

Outside of his life in sport, Cedric was a graphic design and painter working as a cadet in graphics with West Australian Newspapers from 1949-1951. He loved creating cartoons, including a poster for the Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games and many which featured in the International Badminton Federation magazine during the 1990’s. He also enjoyed political cartoons and won a Walkley Award for Cartoon of the Year in 1968.

Cedric was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia in 1990 ‘In recognition of service to the sport of badminton’, Life membership of Badminton Western Australia (1968) and Badminton Australia along with the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for his role in national and international badminton.

Perth 1962 Commonwealth Games poster designed by Cedric Baxter. (CGA Archive)