The All-England that was Won with a Racket with Two Shafts

Written by Geoff Hinder

Sondico BX4000 Twinshaft Racket

Photo: – Geoff Hinder                                                                                                                                           Click on images to enlarge

At the 1978 All-England Championships Gillian Gilks MBE (England) would win the woman’s singles title with a Sondico BX4000 twinshaft racket. Gillian had previously won the All-England woman’s singles title in 1976 when she completed the triple, also winning the woman’s doubles and the mixed doubles. Her All-England winning career started in 1969 at the age of 18 when she won the mixed doubles with Roger Mills (England). Gillian Gilks would win a total of 11 All-England titles, 2 x singles, 3 x woman’s doubles and 6 mixed doubles over a 15-year period.
The 1978 victory would make her the last Englishwoman to win the All-England singles title.
The Sondico BX4000 racket weighs 127.5 grams, a modern graphite racket weighs approximately 104 grams.

For more information on the history of the All-England Badminton Championships go to – Homepage – History – Events –  ‘The History of the All-England Badminton Championships’ on this website.

Photo: – Louis Ross

This racket and many more can be seen at the National Badminton Museum, National Badminton Centre, Bradwell Road, Loughton Lodge, MILTON KEYNES MK8 9LA
Visitors are welcome to look around the Museum unescorted at any time – the National Badminton Centre is normally open 9am to 8pm every day.

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