The VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020 will return to Victoria, at the Ken Kay Badminton Stadium in Ballarat, Australia, from 10 – 16 February 2019.
Opening with the Men’s and Women’s Team Championships (10-12 Feb), the event will act as the qualifying event for the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals which take place in Denmark from 17-24 May 2020. The winning Men’s and Women’s Team from Oceania will qualify to compete in Denmark.
The Individual Championships (13-16 Feb) will take place after the Team’s event at the Ken Kay Badminton Centre, which last hosted the Oceania Championships in 2014.
Many of the player’s will also benefit from the World Ranking points as the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020 carries the equivalent points of a BWF International Challenge event – crucial for those player’s aiming for Olympic qualification.
Australia are the reigning Champions in both the Men’s and Women’s Team event, after defeating New Zealand in the final last year when it was held in Waikato, New Zealand.
Former Australian player, three-time Olympian and five-time Commonwealth Games athlete, Rhonda Cator, is currently the Manager of Ballarat Badminton. Combined with her experience as Sport Operations Manager for badminton at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Cator is determined to lead another successful event in 2020.
“The Ballarat Badminton Association is honoured to be announced as host of the 2020 Oceania Championships. As a host of previous international events including the 2014 Oceania Championships we look forward to showcasing Ballarat on the international stage.
The Championships will be held at the Ken Kay Badminton Stadium, an 18-court facility built during the peak of badminton over 40 years ago. The association is committed to developing badminton in the region specifically through our junior development program. Hosting the 2020 Oceania Championships will showcase the best badminton players in Oceania and further develop the sport in Ballarat.
Ballarat is a proud sporting community, producing many world level athletes, including badminton Olympians and Commonwealth Games medallists Peter Blackburn, Murray Hocking, and Kellie Lucas and runner up in the 2014 Oceania Ladies Singles, Tara Pilven.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to Ballarat in February 2020.”, says Rhonda Cator.
Chair of the Australian Technical Officials Committee, Sandra David, is also a pivotal member of the team at Ballarat Badminton and will be welcoming the players to the centre in February 2020.
More information about the event will be available on the Current Events page soon.