Dan Travers

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Dan Travers
Personal information
CountryScotland
Born (1956-06-16) 16 June 1956 (age 64)
Scotland
HandednessRight
Doubles
Highest ranking2 (with Billy Gilliland) (1982)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Great Britain
World Games
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Santa Clara Men's doubles
Representing  Scotland
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1986 Edinburgh Men's doubles
European Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Preston Men's doubles
BWF profile

Dan Travers (also known as Daniel Travers; born 16 June 1956) is a former British badminton player and National coach.[1][2]

About[edit]

Travers was a bronze medalist at the 1981 World Games, losing out to Swedish pair in semifinals. Travers competed in three commonwealth games in 1978, 1986 & 1990. He is a former Commonwealth games champion of 1986 in men's doubles with Gilliland, first ever player(s) in history of Scottish badminton to be a gold medalist. Until now, they remain only gold medalist from their country. They also reached career high of World no. 2 after their stellar display at the All England in 1982.[3] In 1986 along with Billy Gilliland, they were awarded with BBC Scotland Sportsperson of the year.[4] He became National coach of Scotland in 1997 and later president of Badminton Scotland and has coached players at many Commonwealth games & other championships, even playing competitive sport himself at the senior level. He is a numerous time European Senior Champion and World Senior Champion as well.[5]

Achievements[edit]

World Games[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1981 San Jose Civic Auditorium, California, United States United Kingdom Billy Gilliland Sweden Thomas Kihlström
Sweden Stefan Karlsson
15–10, 0–15, 9–15 Silver Bronze

Commonwealth Games[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1986 Meadowbank Sports Centre,
Edinburgh, Scotland
Scotland Billy Gilliland England Andy Goode
England Nigel Tier
15–8, 15–5 Gold Gold

European Championships[edit]

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Guild Hall, Preston, England Scotland Billy Gilliland Denmark Morten Frost
Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff
13–15, 14–18 Bronze Bronze

IBF World Grand Prix[edit]

The World Badminton Grand Prix sanctioned by International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 2006.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1984 Canada Open Scotland Billy Gilliland Malaysia Razif Sidek
Malaysia Jalani Sidek
11–15, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1985 Canada Open Scotland Billy Gilliland Denmark Jens Peter Nierhoff
Denmark Henrik Svarrer
12–15, 11–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1985 Scottish Open Scotland Billy Gilliland Denmark Michael Kjeldsen
Denmark Mark Christiansen
2–15, 4–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 Dutch Open Scotland Billy Gilliland China He Xiangyang
China Tang Hai
13–18, 9–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 Scottish Open Scotland Billy Gilliland Denmark Jesper Knudsen
Denmark Henrik Svarrer
10–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Open tournaments[edit]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1980 Irish Open –, – –, – 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1980 Irish Open Scotland Gordon Hamilton –, – –, – 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1981 Dutch Open Scotland Billy Gilliland England Andy Goode
England Mike Tredgett
15–5, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1982 Scottish Open Scotland Billy Gilliland England Donald Burden
England Mark Elliott
15–10, 15–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1982 All England Open Scotland Billy Gilliland Malaysia Jalani Sidek
Malaysia Razif Sidek
15–8, 9–15, 10–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1982 Irish Open Scotland Billy Gilliland Netherlands Ed Romejin
Netherlands Bas von Barnau Sijthoff
15–7, 15–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1982 Portugal Open Scotland Billy Gilliland England Darren Hall
England Ray Stevens
13–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

IBF International[edit]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
1986 Irish International Scotland Alex White –, – 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Irish International Scotland Billy Gilliland Republic of Ireland Barry Coffey
Republic of Ireland John McArdle
15–2, 15–4 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1983 Scottish International Scotland Billy Gilliland England Gerry Asquith
England Andy Goode
15–6, 15–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1984 Welsh International Scotland Billy Gilliland –, – –, – 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1985 Irish International Scotland Billy Gilliland England Mark Elliott
England Gary Scott
15–3, 18–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1986 Irish International Scotland Alex White –, – –, – 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
1987 Irish International Scotland Billy Gilliland Scotland Iain Pringle
Scotland Alex White
9–15, 15–12, 16–18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1988 Irish International Scotland Anthony Gallagher Scotland Iain Pringle
Scotland Alex White
7–15, 8–15 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1989 Irish International Scotland Kenny Middlemiss Scotland Anthony Gallagher
Scotland Russell Hogg
15–6, 15–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
1983 Irish International Scotland Pamela Hamilton Scotland Billy Gilliland
Scotland Christine Heatly
–, – 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1985 Irish International Scotland Pamela Hamilton England Martin Dew
England Gillian Gilks
–, – 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
1986 Irish International Scotland Morag McKay –, – –, – 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile:Dan Travers". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Daniel "Dan" Travers". universitystory.gla.ac.uk. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  3. ^ Egelstaff, Susan (30 April 2014). "Meeting two men who took gold at our last home Games". www.heraldscotland.com. The Herald. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  4. ^ Burnside, Elspeth (10 December 1986). "Travers in with treble chance". Glasgow Herald. p. 22. Retrieved 17 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Perth's Dan Travers reflects on World Senior Championships victory". www.dailyrecord.co.uk. Perthshire Advertiser. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2021.

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