CCAA Alf McGuire twenty years as Badminton Convenor

June 7th, 2015

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is saying goodbye to long-standing badminton convenor.

Alf McGuire, served 20 seasons as CCAA Badminton Convenor.

McGuire, of Vancouver Island University, has been the face of CCAA badminton for the past 17 seasons. He served one term as convenor from 1994-96 and after one season away, McGuire returned to the Association for 1997-98 season. He’s been the convenor ever since.

McGuire was honoured by the CCAA at the annual general meeting this week in Fredericton, NB. He received a plaque and a gift from the Association.

“The CCAA has been fortunate to have such a dedicated expert in the sport like that of Alf,” said Sandra Murray-MacDonell, the CCAA’s Executive Director.

McGuire has been a constant advocate for the sport of badminton in the CCAA whether it was ensuring the Association had an annual host in place, discussing product with badminton equipment suppliers or facilitating the assignment of officials to championships, he was invested in everything badminton.

“Alf has an attitude that nothing is insurmountable, no task is too great or not worth the effort,” said Murray-MacDonell. “His positive influence resonated at championships and meeting, making it always a joy to work with him.” 

During his long tenure as Convenor, McGuire has been committed to his mission of developing the sport.

“Through the years he has been a strong advocate for the operation of first class National Championships and he has been an invaluable resource for the host committees,” said Leigh Goldie, CCAA President.

At the CCAA board table, McGuire has represented badminton in a totally professional manner and has been a leader in presenting workable solutions to help the sport through some tough challenges, according to Goldie.

“His contributions have been immense,” said Goldie. “A man of seemingly endless energy and an appreciation for life, Alf will be missed by both the CCAA and the sport of badminton.”