Ulster badminton are saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie Watt. Ronnie was a re-noun coaching figure in both Ulster and Ireland, giving words of wisdom and encouragement to many in the badminton Community. Our former Development officer and High Performance coach Leslie Dewart sums Ronnie up perfectly with his tribute:
A Tribute to Ronnie Watt
“He indeed made Michael Watt’s life great in Irish Badminton History, but his wider achievement was to make countless lesser Badminton player’s just that little bit greater. Up and down the country, there will be folk today with a particular memory of Ronnie, whether they saw him in the damp hall of a winter competition in one of the four provinces – setting up his video camera, from the cold days in the McCallum hall in Belfast to many on court marathons coaching passionately his charges against players from across the globe or taking just another coaching session in Alpha – cajoling his players through their paces whilst emphasising court etiquette, letting their imaginations visualise the matches and competition that lay ahead!”
Yea/yea/yea – was all it took to squeeze out those last sets of multi feeds from his self made feeding tube.
His passion and dedication to Badminton in Ireland will never be forgotten.
A much loved coach indeed!
From a close family friend and privileged receiver of Ronnie’s coaching wisdom’
For those wishing to attend, the funeral arrangements are Wednesday 29th at 1.30pm, Hillsborough Presbyterian Church.