Pam Stockton Brady
US Hall of Fame, World Champion Badminton Player
August 4, 2021
Pam Stockton Brady is as prolific as an athlete Flint has ever produced. That is a BIG statement, but it fits.
A genuine legend, Pam dominated the badminton courts of Flint, and indeed around the world, along with other Flint champions, making the Vehicle City arguably the badminton capitol of America during her run. She is a member of the United States Badminton Hall of Fame, elected in 1981.
Brilliant in every aspect of the game, she won twenty United States National Championships between 1972 and 1985; four in singles, eleven in women's doubles, and five in mixed doubles.
In the three years that were open to foreign competition during her badminton prime (1972, 1973, 1976) she reached the final in six of nine events, winning the women's doubles with Diane Hales in 1973. She also went on to with the South Africa open singles and women's doubles titles during a U.S. team tour of that country in 1971. Later, Pam shared both the women's doubles and mixed doubles titles at the first Pan American Championships in 1977.
She represented the USA in team matches including Uber Cup which was the women's world team in '71-'72, '77-'78, and '80-'81. In 1981 and 1982 she teamed with husband Danny Brady, to win The United States national mixed doubles titles in 1981 and 1982. She only failed to win a National Championship once between 1965 and 1983 and that was 1975 when her daughter was born. It’s an run that has included dominating performances around the world in addition to the states, Canada, and South Africa including England, Germany, France, Denmark, Peru, Bermuda, Japan, New Zealand and many others.
During the 70’s she joined her own coach, her mom, and helped train thousands of Flint kids in badminton, conducting training clinics, and organizing and running leagues and tournaments. In fact, she was Fish’s coach and helped him take 3rd in Flint in badminton! Her impact locally and around the world can not be understated. She is badminton royalty, and has made Flint proud all over the globe. When it comes to Flint legends she doesn’t just take her place in the room, she has a seat at the head table.
All below photos and article clippings are from Pam's personal collection