Melbourne project legacy; Come and Try Para badminton a success

Over the last three years, the ‘Melbourne project’ was undertaken by Badminton Oceania’s Coaching and Development Officer, Ian Bridge, in collaboration with Badminton Australia, Badminton Victoria and Paralympics Australia. The findings were released last year (delayed by the impacts of COVID-19), with results to aid the understanding and planning of Para badminton programmes. Originally, the…

Study: ‘The Melbourne Project’ highlights key findings to influence Para badminton growth

November 2018 was the start of a new era for Para badminton in Oceania. The inaugural Australia Para Badminton International and VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships in Geelong paved the way for the formation of development camps, enhanced coaching, communication and greater opportunities for Para badminton players across the region. So much so, that by…

Ian Bridge wins Carbine Club Coach of the Year at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards

The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards (VDSR Awards) are a celebration of the achievements of sportspeople with disability, the coaches, organisations, officials and volunteers who support them, and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across Victoria. Hosted by Disability Sport & Recreation, the VDSR Awards are an opportunity to discover notable champions and rising…

Wheelchair division added to Oceania Masters in Paradise 2022 programme

Badminton Oceania, in partnership with Badminton Cook Islands, is delighted to announce that an additional wheelchair division will be added to the Oceania Masters in Paradise 2022 programme – taking place from 26-31 May 2022. Since the inaugural Australia Para Badminton International 2018, Oceania’s Para badminton community has expanded with a greater presence of development…

A Paralympic debrief – Grant Manzoney and Caitlin Dransfield

Pictured: Grant Manzoney (left) and Caitlin Dransfield (right), Australia. Photo Credit: Craig Burgess, Badminton Photo Australia’s Para badminton debutants, Grant Manzoney and Caitlin Dransfield, shared their thoughts and favourite moments from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Additionally, the pair now hold the beacon for the future of Para badminton in Australia in Oceania. Listen to…

Caitlin Dransfield continues to push for change

Pictured: Caitlin Dransfield, Australia. Photo credit: Craig Burgess, Badminton Photo Caitlin Dransfield believes she is in a unique position to advance the cause of the disabled. Earlier this month, she represented Australia in women’s singles SL 4 discipline at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. However, her association with disability goes beyond just being a Para badminton…

Humans of Shuttle Time: Christy Villaflor – Northern Marianas

The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Christy Villaflor, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Northern Marianas Badminton Association, talks about her journey with badminton which started in the Philippines. After starting to play in a gym, she took her new passion…

Historic night in Tokyo as first-ever Para badminton gold medallists crowned at the Paralympic Games

Pictured (left to right): Dheva Anrimusthi, Cheah Lieh Hou and Suryo Nugroho. Photo Credit: Parabadmintonphoto/BWF Cheah Liek Hou of Malaysia has the distinction of being the first-ever Para badminton gold medallist at the Paralympic Games after a clinical performance in the men’s singles SU5 final against Indonesia’s Dheva Anrimusthi in Tokyo on Saturday. Cheah Liek…