Meet the 1961 Canadian mixed open doubles badminton champions

In 1961, Finn Kobbero and Jean Miller won the national mixed doubles badminton championship, and were, I presume, presented with this silver plate. Forty-eight years later, I discovered their tarnished title trophy in a junk shop.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Kobbero:

Finn Kobberø (March 13, 1936 – January 21, 2009) was a badminton player from Denmark, who won numerous international titles in all of badminton’s three events (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) from the mid 1950’s to the mid 1960’s.

He was one of the most successful players in the history of the All England Open Badminton Championships with 15 titles between 1955 and 1966, 7 in men’s doubles and 8 in mixed doubles. He was also a three time singles finalist at the All-Englands despite a storied disdain for conditioning. A leading player on all of Denmark’s Thomas Cup (men’s international) teams from 1954 through 1964, he won 55 of 64 individual matches. Powerful, quick, and deceptive, he has been rated among the most talented players in the sport’s history. He won 22 Danish (closed) national championships in all. He also won each of the three events at the Danish Open Championships though the tournament was not held during most of the years that he was active as a player.

Kobberø was included in the Badminton Hall of Fame in 1997. He later worked as a sports journalist for national television in Denmark. He died January 21, 2009.


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