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…

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. Having outplayed…

The Need For Speed

Pictured (left to right): Ian Bridge, Grant Manzoney and Caitlin Dransfield. Photo credit: Paralympics Australia It’s the speed of the game that got Grant Manzoney and Caitlin Dransfield hooked. The raw pace of the world’s fastest racquet sport. And once they were hooked, their Paralympic dream began. This is the first time Para-Badminton will appear…

Oceania line judge, Karen Arnold, ‘privileged’ to be part of the Paralympic debut

Pictured: Karen Arnold, line judging at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Australian line judge, Karen Arnold, has arrived in Tokyo, ready to officiate in the Para badminton tournament which starts tomorrow. Despite having over a year and a half away from international competitions, Karen has been preparing for the sport’s biggest stage by reviewing…

A pinnacle appointment – Justin Zuo to retire as an umpire after Tokyo 2020

Pictured: Justin Zuo, New Zealand, umpiring at the Singapore Open 2017. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo “I am so glad that this Paralympic Games will be my retirement appointment. It’s not only a memorable event for me, but also an honorable recognition from Badminton Oceania” Reflective and grateful words from the Oceania Certificated Umpire, Justin Zuo,…

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games draw

The much-awaited draw for the 14 events at Para badminton’s debut at the Paralympics was conducted today at the Main Press Centre in Tokyo today. Australia’s Caitlin Dransfield and Grant Manzoney were among the players to be pulled out of the boxes in their respective disciplines: Caitlin Dransfield – Women’s Singles SL4 Grant Manzoney -…

‘Having a keen interest and immersion in the game helps me to focus better’ – Paralympic Line Judge, Ravi Nadan

Pictured: Ravi Nadan, holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games Players were not the only group to celebrate the announcement of Para badminton being added to the Paralympic programme at the Tokyo 2020 Games. It boosts the fantastic opportunities available for technical officials too, with a chance to demonstrate their…

Transferable skills of Para badminton player and leader, Nellie Leva, assists qualification for Javelin in Tokyo

Nellie Ruth Leva is an inspirational leader and athlete in Papua New Guinea’s sporting circles. In 2020, she was part of the quadrant which competed in the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships, becoming PNG’s first athletes to compete in an international badminton tournament. Among them, they collected four medals and continued to inspire a legacy…