1986 Inductee, Edith Hayman – Badminton

1986 Inductee, Edith Hayman – Badminton

My name is Rick Mannen and I’m an inductee
into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition. I’m honoured today to be interviewing Edith
Hayman who’s also an inductee into the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition. She was inducted in 1986. I’ll just tell you a little bit about Edith. Edith has coached over 500 District, Provincial,
National, International and Olympic champions and participants. She’s established 107 camps, over a span of
40 years. For high performance, intermediate, and elementary
level badminton players. Some of the awards that Edith has received
and there’s a lot of them. She’s received the Ontario Government Special
Achievement Award for Contribution to Coach in 1987. Edith has received the Ontario Badminton Association
Award for high performance and coaching achievement, the Olympic comemorative Medal for coach of
the year also in 1987, She has been awarded the Ontario Teachers Federation Coaching Award,
the Canada Coaching Award, and the World International Badminton Federation Award. I saw badminton for the very first time in
my grade 12 when I came down into the gym for some reason. I normally, I didn’t take phys-ed in grade
11 when they introduced badminton because I was taking German instead. So when I came down at the end of the season
it was April, the end of April, and I saw them on the court playing this game that I
thought maybe I could play because I have only one hand, and that’s like this with-
so I wasn’t very good on the basketball team or the volleyball team or the baseball team,
I wasn’t really very good and certainly I knew nothing about track and field at that
time, cause that’s a long time ago. Anyway, I did see this badminton taking place
and I thought, I could play that, that’s left handed, I could play it left handed. I would be okay with this. So that’s what turned me on when I saw it
was something I could do, and be at an equal with everybody else. Do you have any mentors or do you have any
mentors that had an impact on your life or your sport or your career? Well my first mentor was Howard Cork. From Brantford. He was one of the top players that I happened-
that happened to live in Brantford and play at the Y where I took it up, and he told me
how to hold my racket right. If it hadn’t been for him I wouldn’t have
held my racket in the correct manner, and as it turned out, because of that, I ended
up being triple champion for Brantford and then I got really encouraged. But my other mentor was when I went to the
Worlds in Sweden and I learned all about the biomechanics of badminton, I would think that
would be Dr Woodell or Dave Woodell and he really helped me a lot with the pronation
supination biomechanics of badminton. And then my coaching went straight up, after
that. What are some of the highlights of your career? Well I have a lot of highlights. It’s very difficult for me to choose. I have been honoured by the World Federation
and I’ve been honoured by Ontario- I’m in the Ontario Hall of Fame, I won the 3M Award
which is an award given to the female in an individual sport. Now that means that I beat out the skating
coaches and the golf coaches and the curling coaches, I beat out everybody and that was
a real big thing to get a 3M Award from Canada- for Canada. But my biggest I think Achievement that we’re
talking about, achievements? Is the development of my manual which is this
one here for essentials which I made so that the teachers could know how to coach the sport
properly. It’s all done with the pictures and also the
components of how a stroke is done, so that it helps them. If you can read you can teach badminton while
reading this book. And of course it all started with my producing
two DVD’s which is really good for teachers because it can be made to run in four different
slow motion modes which really helps you learn the biomechanics of how the stroke is done. And that really helps the teachers because
they very often don’t have a demonstrator who can do it right where as the DVD can show
the kids the proper way to make a stroke. Fantastic. What made you transition into coaching? Well I was very upset with my never knowing
anything about badminton until I was 18 years old. 18 my goodness, half the time world players
are playing at the Olympics when their 18. Anyways I wanted every child to know about
badminton and just have a little bit of basics cause I had never been given any basics, I
learned by watching and again because of my hand I had been watching since I was 2 years
old how to do things. So by doing that, watching and watching and
watching I was able to learn how to do things and I wanted now to teach the kids my goal
was to teach the kids so they make their school team, their university team and their college
team. To me whether they win or not that’s up to
them at least I would give them their tools and we did because we have developed over
500 National, Provincial, District, OFSAA and QWOSSA Champions plus quite a few other
ones that I went to the World and to the Olympians. So that’s what my goal was and that’s why
I turned into being a coach because I could see the components that needed to be done
and done correctly. How did you and your husband Doug meet? He lived next door. I think I was 14 and he was 16 and we went
with, I went with 3 girls and he went with 3 guys, we used to just gather at our house
and my mother and I would play the piano. Of course we had no TV then. I would play the piano, we would sing or we
would sit down and play cards and of course I fell in love with him. And I guess we got engaged when I was 18 and
he was 20 and we got married when he was 23 and I was 21 and we’ve been married 60 years
now. And what would you say about your relationship
with Doug and I guess what has he done to help you and your-
Well he was very supportive in badminton and of course I went and bought him a badminton
racket for his birthday, he had to learn how to play. He did learn how to play but I was playing
a lot more than he was so in the beginning I was beating him when he was 20 and I was
18 but then as he got stronger and better he started beating me so but he always, he
was really quite a good player. He would be an Ontario Top B+ or an A- but
he didn’t practice a lot because he had other things that he loved. But he understood my passion and he was behind
me all the way, all the time. All the time. Great. What are you doing now to keep busy? Oh what I’m doing now is working with the
National coaches across Canada on revamping and reediting all the National Coaching Certification
Program so that keeps me pretty busy as well as looking after my husband and myself. That takes all my time. How did you manage your busy lifestyle considering
your career and all your other commitments? I managed it through support of my family. My children were basically when I was really
getting into they all made their high school and university teams so they all knew about
the badminton and they were all for me and they all helped out. I was gone sometimes for a week at a time
and then dad took over he was a good mother and that helped. The whole family just came together to help
me. I mean I’m very blessed in that they understood
my passion and I think they understood it because with having just one hand, my passion
was that I finally could do something that you know that equaled any other body with
two hands. So I think that was my passion too was to
prove that I was still able to perform. What do you think of the future of badminton
in this area? Well I am very pleased because as a master
course conductor for Canada and I’m in charge of all the coaches across Canada I always
had my top students become coaches so our club in Brantford has more coaches than any
other club in Canada even the big posh clubs. They usually only have 2 paid coaches, I have
maybe 10 unpaid but they’re all very good coaches and they know all the components of
the strokes. So I would say that the club here has got
Christina Hall, is one of my top coaches in Canada in the developmental area. You need the developmental coaches because
the first coach of a players life is the most important thing that you can have. I mean if you’re a good player, you’re not
necessarily a good coach cause you don’t- you’re teaching something they can’t do yet
so you have to know how to do it and we have at least 4-6, maybe even 10 coaches at the
moment in the Brantford area that can teach to a very high level, but also knows all about
the components at the lower level. So it should be good. If we have the facility. Are there any young prospects right now for
Provincial, National or potentially Olympic teams? Well, at 79, I’m now 81. At 79 I just taught two players age 13 and
12 and the 13 year old just won the Canadian Championships and the 12 year old just wo-
is now number 3 in Canada, and she’s only just 12. Yes we have some upcoming possibilities but
then again it all depends on the player and their goals and what they want and how much
they have. First of all to be a top Olympian as you suggest,
you have to have some talent and you have to have facility that will enable you to play
5-6 times a week and then you have to have parents who are willing to give up bingo to
you know to take you to the tournaments and then you have to have a coach who is able
to take you that level and then lastly you can’t be on welfare. So those 5 things are very important if you
want to be a top Olympian. But just to be anything else to be the best
you can be has nothing to do with being an Olympian. If it’s the best you can do that’s the ultimate
achievement and if it’s just to win one little tournament in your school; that’s the ultimate
achievement if that’s the best you can do and so therefore the student has to have a
realistic idea of where and what they want to do in order to progress along. If they feel that they have the potential
to go further and further and further and further, they have to have those 5 things. Cause just to go to the Olympics you have
to play in at least 10 different countries to get a top ranking. You have to be ranked in the top 20 in the
world and we have had 3 Olympians do that. But not all my players made it to the top
but not all of them had the desire to do that. A lot of them won their school, university
and college championships and or at least made their teams and my goal was that that’s
what they do. They make their teams, and what they wanna
do something else that’s their business that’s what they have to do and they have to spend
all the time and the money and everything that goes with it. Okay great! What advice would you share with a young aspiring
athlete? Oh. To do the best that you can do whether it’s
the best in the world or it’s the best that you can do- it’s the ultimate achievement. So if you- but you have to put work in to
get some work out in order to achieve you’ll have to give, and you have to give up yourself
and your time. You can’t go off to a concert somewhere when
you’re supposed to be practicing at home or somewhere. You know I mean you have to give up certain
things in order to achieve what your goals are. So your goal has to be achievable and if you
think you can’t make it then choose a smaller goal and make it. Make your goals little by little and then
achievement occurs. Their is a time that comes when you know that
you just don’t have the money; normally it’s the money. I’ve had at least 10 top international world
champions that could’ve been but couldn’t be because of money, and that’s sad. But it’s the way it is. It’s all- it’s the way it is. Edith what do you think of the badminton facilities
in the Brantford area? Well in the Brantford area, big surprise. Little Brantford at the time 80-9000s beats
every other city in Canada right now because of the coaching and the and the Parks and
Rec and school board letting us have the gym for 4 nights a week. We have it 3 nights and then one during the
week they used to let us have it. Now we’re lucky if we get two days a week
to play and we’re bumped off the calendar by basketball because there’s always a big
demand for basketball and volleyball and we don’t get a chance to practice enough. Facilities here are very very poor in the
community centres, usually the ceiling is not high enough, the lights are poor, you
know the lines aren’t right on the- and basketball lines are all over the place. We really don’t have a facility just for badminton. Now they have a facility just for squash but
not for badminton. They have facilities just for tennis but not
for badminton. And unfortunately badminton or fortunately
for badminton it is considered right now the second most participated sport in the whole
world. That includes an awful lot in China and Asia
and Malaysia and Indonesia and Europe and England. They have millions of badminton players. Canada doesn’t have that many, we have, when
our players get better and get good, they migrate to Europe and learn and come back
and win everything here. So we just don’t have the facilities and in
Brantford, very poor facilities. There’s none in Hamilton, there’s none in
Dundas, there is in Toronto and there is in Markham, there is in Kitchener and Woodstock
and Stratford. But not in Brantford and very often we have
to go to these other places to play when they take away our courts and it’s just not fair
that we give up out courts at a time when we are- it’s like not being able to practice
your piano and you’ve got a test on the next day. Well that’s what they do to us all the time
and so therefore it’s amazing that little Brantford has had so many champions come out
of here, but it is because of the Parks and Rec and the school board who have really in
the past years, not so much now, but in the past years supported us to the tenth degree. But I also think it’s a testament to you’re
coaching abilities and your training manuals that you’ve developed and all the coaches
you’ve developed around you and that has to have a big influence on
Oh well the coaching is the most important. The most important coach in the whole world
is the athletes first coach and I deal a lot with the basics and I’m a master course conductor
for badminton in Canada and I know all the coaches across Canada and none of them coach
by the component method and mine is the component method and that’s why the manual and the I
was asked please write something that tells us what you do. As I say this one was a former Canadian champion,
he asked me why is it your players all have such good stroke production Edith. What trick do you use? And I just about fell over because it’s not
a trick, it’s just knowing the biomechanic components and that’s what’s in the book and
in the video, is the components. And then 90% of coaches don’t know the components. They know how to play and boy do they ever,
I mean it’s gorgeous. You can’t take a beginner and show them that
component. You’re teaching them way in advance stuff
and they can’t do it and they end up doing it all wrong because they really, they haven’t
they haven’t taken grade 1 2 3 and 4 they immediately are taught grade 6 and 7 and 8
so to speak. So that’s what makes a big difference in our
club is that we teach the basics right and they have to be good before you advance. To take a little player and put him in with
a big guy and expect him to do well, it deflates them and sometimes it makes them feel important,
their playing with the very big guns well who wouldn’t be inflated playing with Wayne
Gretzky okay? But I mean it’s a developmental thing that
you have to be careful of. Make sure you develop at this stage and this
way up and that’s one thing that most coaches don’t do, they just go here and there and
there. You can do this and now do that, but you haven’t
even got that one in correctly or accurately or consistent and you give em something new. I mean that’s not the way you coach. You coach and make sure they’re doing it correctly
before you move them on to grade 2 grade 3 grade 4

Comments (2)

  1. Hello Edith – hope this note finds you well. It's been a while, and I miss you dearly. Will give you a call to catch up 🙂


  2. Dear Edith
    You are looking very good.
    Best wishes for 2017. Miss you….Wilfred

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