History of the Scott Open
The “Scott Open”, previously called the Nova Scotia Open, was started in 2008 in honor of the late Joe Scott. Joe had been a long time coach and competitive player in Nova Scotia, competing both at the Provincial level and the national level of the Armed Forces tournaments.
Joe was introduced to badminton in the late 1950’s by Nova Scotia legends Annie and Gladys Longard. Under their coaching Joe began a life-long love of the game which he passed on to the many players that he coached and to many of his family and extended family members.
Among those drawn into badminton by Joe were:
- His son, Mike, long time competitive player, two time Canada Games coach and long-time president of the Nova Scotia Badminton Association.
- Mike’s son Joey also took up the sport and became one of Nova Scotia’s most decorated players at the Provincial, Atlantic and National levels. Joey is now working with his young son to become a star himself.
- Mike’s wife Lynn also took up the sport, rising to the top of the Provincial and Atlantic rankings.
- Joe’s second wife Carole Shipp took up the sport both recreationally and competitively at the local and provincial level.
- Carole’s son Larry was a provincial badminton champion in the school federation and passed the sport on to his three children.
- Carole’s daughter-in-law Kathie Shipp also joined the sport and played many tournaments with Carole.
- Carole’s grandson Ritchie is still a keen player and is now passing the sport on to his three children.
- During his years of coaching both adults and kids, in the western area of Nova Scotia, Joe has influenced hundreds to embrace the sport of badminton.
Lately, the Scott Open has evolved into a celebration of not only Joe’s career, but of all of his family members and their contributions to badminton in Nova Scotia.