Angela Bairstow
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Personal information
Born31 May 1942
Died13 February 2016(2016-02-13) (aged 73)
CoachH Ian palmer
Highest ranking1 (1965)
Medal record
Women's badminton
Representing  England
Uber Cup
Silver medal – second place 1963 Wilmington Women's team
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1966 Kingston Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1966 Kingston Mixed doubles
Silver medal – second place 1966 Kingston Women's doubles
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1965 Lucknow Women's singles
Gold medal – first place 1965 Lucknow Women's doubles
Gold medal – first place 1965 Lucknow Mixed doubles
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1968 Bochum Women's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Bochum Women's singles

Angela Bairstow (1942-2016) was an English international badminton player.

Badminton career

She first came to prominence in 1958 when she won the English National Junior singles title. Further wins followed in 1959 and 1960; in addition she won four English National Junior doubles titles. After the step up to senior competition she reached the final of the 1963 All England Badminton Championships singles losing out to Judy Hashman.[1] In 1963 at the All England Championships she was seeded to win in the Singles, Doubles and the Mixed.

Although never winning an All England title Bairstow became a significant player for England winning a host of titles from 1964-1968 including the Scottish Open, German Open, Dutch Open, Asia Cup, Irish Open, English National Badminton Championships and European Badminton Championships.

In 1965 Bairstow won the Dutch open in Singles, Doubles and Mixed in the same year with another three Dutch titles afterwards. She repeated the triple at the second Asian Championships in 1965 in Lucknow. After which the organisers banned non-Asian players from entering. Bairstow brought to prominence a deceptive backhand sliced serve and flick. She remains as one of the few players who won medals in both Asian and European Championships.

Bairstow represented England and won two golds and one silver medal, at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica;[2][3][4].

Personal life

She married her coach, H. Ian Palmer, in 1970 and had three children (born 1969, 1970 and 1972) and four grandchildren.[5]

Medal Record at the All England Badminton Championships


Medal Year Event
Silver medal – second place 1963 Women's singles


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  4. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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