Oceania players connect online in search of training, tactics, community and kindness

Seven Para badminton players extended their isolation bubble via Zoom conference call this week, connecting wheelchair athletes from New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia to maintain the community spirit which thrives on Oceania’s Para badminton scene. Adapting to the COVID-19 era, Papua New Guinea’s coach (Brian Karo) joined Badminton Oceania’s Coaching and Development Officer…

Significant implications for Oceania Para players following cancellation of the Spanish Para Badminton International 2020

Pictured: Corrie Keith Robinson, New Zealand. Photo credit: Badminton Photo On Saturday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed the cancellation of the Spanish Para Badminton International 2020. Four players from Australia and New Zealand had entered the event: Corrie Keith Robinson (NZL) Kim Duong (AUS) Celine Vinot (AUS) Hayden Bognar (AUS) Despite trying to ensure…

Seven Para badminton players from Oceania reaping the benefits from the BWF Female Participation Grant

Pictured: Carrie Wilson, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Ballarat Badminton In 2020, over 70 applications were received from more than 30 countries worldwide as female athletes were encouraged to apply for financial support to attend and be Internationally Classified at a number of BWF sanctioned International tournaments in 2020. Seven female Para badminton players from Oceania…

Papua New Guinea’s newcomer, David Joe Kaniku, one match away from gold. Day one highlights – VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2020

Pictured: David Joe Kaniku, Papua New Guinea. Photo credit: Ballarat Badminton For the first time in Oceania’s history, the able-bodied and Para badminton events have taken place in the same venue, in the same week. The last time the event took place was in 2018 at Geelong Badminton, with 23 players from 3 countries. In…

“I’ve come a long way since the last continental championships”, Celine Vinot is raring to go – VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020

For the first time, the VICTOR Oceania Championships will combine the able-bodied and the Para badminton Championships in the same venue, in the same week. Last year, we saw the benefits from Oceania’s players who attended the TOTAL BWF World Para Badminton Championships in Basel, Switzerland. Australia’s Luke Missen was delighted to see the likes…

New courts, new country, new beginnings: Players from Papua New Guinea venture abroad to compete in their first VICTOR Oceania Championships

With the growing popularity of badminton in Papua New Guinea, yet only half marked badminton courts available to the aspiring players, the talent of Papua New Guinea’s Para badminton players could not go unnoticed as Badminton Oceania’s Coaching and Development Officer, Ian Bridge, and Regional Development Officer, Kini Karo, stepped in to lead a Para…