Badminton Oceania actively supports participation of women and men in badminton at all levels of the sport – on and off the ‘field of play’.

Badminton Oceania is committed to strengthening gender equity across everything that we do with the aim of achieving a minimum representation of 40% of the under-represented gender.

Badminton Oceania is proud to have a strong balance between female and male participants across all areas: Executive Board, Staff, Technical Officials, Coaches, Administrators, Shuttle Time Trainers, Tutors and Teachers, Players and Volunteers. Data is collected from the most recent Annual Report.

Board Members



Staff Members



MA Presidents



Technical Officials



BWF Qualified Coaches



BOC Foundation Coaches



Shuttle Time Workforce



Shuttle Time Participants



Shuttle Time Online Component



This was awarded to honour the inaugural Badminton Oceania President – Heather Robson.

This is awarded to give recognition to any person (male or female) who are strong advocates of gender equity within badminton – either in their home country or within the wider Oceania region. Recipients contributed significantly to the promotion, development and advancement of gender equity within badminton with a particular focus on women and girls.

In 2022 the Executive Board expanded this award. Gender equity is standard practice across everything that Badminton Oceania and our Members do.

The award is now ‘in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the promotion and development of badminton in the Oceania region’.

The winner for the year listed is presented with the award the following year at the appropriate time. Previous winners include:

Winners of POWA

2013 Winner

Val Nesbitt (AUS)

Judith Cousins

2015 Winner

Judith Cousins (AUS)

Nynette Sass

2017 Winner

Nynette Sass (SAM)

Susan Taylor POWA2

2019 Winner

Susan Taylor (AUS)

The BWF Women in Badminton Award recognises an individual (woman or man) or organisation that has made a significant contribution towards the involvement of women or girls in badminton. Listed below are representatives from Oceania who have received the award:

Val Nesbitt

Val Nesbit (AUS)


Judith Brown

Judith Cousins (AUS)


Sport New Zealand Women + Girls Summit 2021 (Online)

Wednesday 29 September 2021, 9am – 3.30pm (New Zealand time)

There are places left for some members of our badminton family to attend. Learn more about the event here. .

If you would like to attend please email, no later than Monday 6 September

Sport NZ webinar “The Art and Science of Coaching Young Women” 

Wednesday 22 September, 7pm (New Zealand time)

This webinar is open to anyone. Click here to register – free of charge.

The IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, New Zealand

5-8 May 2022 

Badminton Oceania is currently in discussions with the BWF and Conference Organisers with a view to being able to offer some online scholarships to selected people from our member countries who are actively promoting Women’s and Girl’s programmes and activities which are making a difference. Further details on these opportunities will be circulated later in the year.  Click here for more information.

The 2020 Gender Equity projects were awarded for the following projects:

The 2019 Gender Equity Scholarships were awarded for the following projects:

  • Mele Seini Sifa (Tonga) Coach Development – support to undertake and complete BWF Level 1 Coaching Course
  • Papua New Guinea Female Para badminton player and coach development – support to attend Oceania Development Camp and in-country training
  • Tahiti Badminton Girls project – aim to increase the number of girls regularly playing and into structured training programmes
  • Solomon Islands Gender Equity project (SIGEP) – contracted project lead for in-country visits, identifying barriers, undertaking Shuttle Time training and implementing programmes.

The 2018 Gender Equity Scholarships were awarded for the following projects:

  • Para-badminton classifier training
  • Referee training and attendance at national events
  • Observation of a para-badminton event with a view to developing a national para-badminton plan
  • Coach development
  • Shuttle Time tutor training
  • In-country Board member leadership training

The ONOC Equity Commission (ECO), previously known as WASO, was formed to build the capacity of women in sport throughout the region to create new opportunities and improved results for the benefit of women and sport.

Find out what the organisation has been up to by clicking on their recent newsletters:

WASO News April 2016.pdf  May 2016

WASO News June 2017.pdf   June 2017

WASO News December 2017.pdf   December 2017

WASO News June 2018.pdf   June 2018

WASO News July 2018.pdf   July 2018

WASO News July 2018.pdf   April 2019

WASO News July 2018.pdf   September 2019

WASO News July 2018.pdf   December 2019

WASO News November 2020.pdf   November 2020

For more information on Gender Equity, please contact