A bit about Ian –
"I was born in Croydon and lived most of my life around that area, apart from a few years in the Gulf where I learned to swim among other things. I have completed several 5K swimathons for Marie Curie and a few channel swims ( the indoor pool equivalents!).
I quit smoking in 2002 after 15 years a smoker which was not easy to do, and was diagnosed type 2 diabetic in 2005, requiring me to change my lifestyle radically.
I have completed over 100 fun runs. I entered into the Flora London Marathon in 2009 and got around safely.
I played badminton as a boy with my parents and at school but only took it up again in 2000 at the age of 29 as an entertaining way to exercise. I have won a few local club tournaments and played in the local leagues for Coulsdon and Purley Badminton Club, and more recently for Stevenage All Strings.
I began coaching in 2003 as an assistant and passed my UKCC Level 2 coaching award in 2008, allowing me to deliver sessions on my own.
I like to
introduce badminton into people’s lives as part of healthy living , rather than
a way of life itself. It can be very therapeutic for people in rehabilitation
or convalescence, is excellent for mobility and anaerobic exercise, can help
build and develop character from badminton etiquette and competition, and is
fantastic for meeting and socialising with like minded people. "