It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of the passing of David Gannon. David was a true family man and will be very sadly missed by his loving wife Kim, daughters Leah and Abbie, Mother Mary, brother Niall, sister Celine and their families.
From a young age those around Whitehall Road knew David as a near permanent fixture in the center. He spent time watching his older brother Niall play, tagged along to coaching sessions run by his mother Mary, or simply spent time with his late dad Christy, who worked in the hall for many years.
In his underage playing days David was a formidable opponent. No matches were ever given up easily taking many titles in singles, doubles and mixed.
David represented Leinster and Ireland at every underage level possible and was part of the only Leinster Team to be victorious in the Nottingham ICT tournament in 1994. This team were also awarded the trophy for Sporting Spirit Award, something never done before by a winning team, showing the fondness with which, he and his teammates were regarded by their peers. In 1997 David traveled to The Czech Republic representing Ireland in the European Junior Badminton Championships a true reflection of the talent that he showed for the game.
Playing for the Leinster Senior Badminton Team on many occasions he was to the fore in the revival of the Team playing in the English Inter County competition. Over many years he played an integral part of the team that gained promotion back to the ICC Division One for the first time in a decade.
David’s one and only Senior Badminton club was Ailesbury where he won numerous mens and mixed league titles for the club. He served on many committees, ultimately becoming President of the club. At this time the club membership numbers were dwindling, and David took the reins and steered the club back to prosperity with possibly the largest playing numbers and teams entered in the Dublin and District league competitions by the club in its 100-year history.
David was a central figure in the setting up of the Leinster Branch run Badminton Premier League. He organised, promoted and played in the event, being a large part of the Ailesbury Team that won all three Premier League titles in one year.
The Branch would like to express our deepest sympathy to David’s wife Kim and his children on their very sad loss. David was a special person loved by so many in the badminton community and also a player of exceptional ability who graced the badminton court with style and good humour. His death at such a young age is a loss for the entire community. He will be sadly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
REST IN PEACE – YNWA