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Introducing John Gilbert

Born in Sudbury in 1945, John Gilbert has made a considerable contribution to the sport of badminton, specifically as a coach at various levels of competition in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and internationally.

His prominence in the sport as a coach, has contributed to the development of players who won more than 70 Provincial championships, 6 Canadian Junior titles, 7 National and 4 Commonwealth championships.

John was also the national head coach for the Thomas Cup (Men’s World Team Championships), in 1979, 1982, and 1984.

John Gilbert resided in Oakville for approximately 20 years, and during those years in Oakville, he developed an exceptional and unparalleled badminton program at the Oakville Club.

Under his coaching expertise the Oakville Club produced:
19 Provincial junior champions (under 14)
23 Provincial junior champions (under 16)
17 Provincial junior champions (under 18)
10 Provincial champions
6 Canadian junior champions
7 Canadian and 4 Commonwealth champions

In addition to developing hundreds of players in Oakville, John has helped to develop the skills of many of today’s coaches, both in Oakville and across Ontario and Canada, and provided direct assistance and advice to others in the building of their own programs.

John Gilbert has achieved the highest levels of coaching certification and has conducted numerous sessions for certifying coaches at all levels.

In addition, he has published several articles on men’s and mixed doubles strategies for developing international caliber players.

To honour his significant contribution towards the development of the sport of badminton, and for the positive impact he has had on hundreds of players, John Gilbert has been granted a life membership in the Oakville Club, has been inducted as a coach into the Canadian Badminton Hall of Fame, and the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame.


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