Nora Perry MBE

Written by Geoff Hinder

                                                                                                         Nora Perry MBE.

Jane Webster and Nora Perry.

Photo: Chris Bewick.

Nora Perry MBE reigned supreme on the English and international badminton courts for over a decade. She excelled in both women’s and mixed doubles with over 75 international titles in individual competition. Her most successful tournaments were the Danish Open with 10 titles; the All England Championships, the Swedish Open and the Portugal International with 8 titles each; and the Canadian Open with 7 titles.
Mike Tredgett and Nora Perry.

Photo: Peter Richardson.

She also claimed 10 National and 6 European Championships titles – 4 in individual and 2 in team competition. She is mostly remembered for being the only British player to have won two World Championships titles: one in women’s doubles in 1980 with Jane Webster followed by another one in mixed doubles in 1983 with Thomas Kihlstrom (Sweden). In international matches she made 90 appearances for England.
Gillian Gilks and Nora Perry at the 1980 All England Badminton Championships.

Photo: Peter Richardson.

 

In 1978 she was a member of England’s Commonwealth Games gold medal team also winning the individual women doubles gold with Anne Statt and the mixed with Mike Tredgett.
Billy Gilliland (Scotland) and Nora Perry winning the Mixed Doubles title at the 1985 Yonex All England Badminton Championships.

Photo: Peter Richardson.

 

 

Nora Perry was able to reach the highest peaks of badminton with a wide variety of partners but her most successful partnerships were with Mike Tredgett in mixed doubles and Jane Webster in women’s doubles. With these two exceptional players, she won 16 mixed doubles and 13 women’s doubles titles respectively.
Nora Perry in 1999 was inducted into the International Badminton Federation (now called Badminton World Federation) Hall of Fame.

Photo: Peter Richardson.

 

Always elegant and well-dressed, Nora was renowned for her touch at the net and the precision and effectiveness of her trade mark swivel low serve.
In 1984 she was awarded the MBE by the Queen for her services to badminton.
Nora in 1999 was inducted into the International Badminton Federation (now called Badminton World Federation ) Hall of Fame and she was elected as a Badminton World Federation Council member in 2009.

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