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.

The purpose of our Women In Badminton programme is to increase female representation in activities within Badminton Oceania where a lack of female participation has been identified and to increase the leadership skills of identified women.

Badminton Oceania is proud to have high female representation by some outstanding women in 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.

Women Board Members

Female staff

Female BWF Technical Officials from Oceania

Female coaches

Female Shuttle Time Workforce

Female Shuttle Time participants

Badminton Oceania strives for 50% women representation on our Executive Board. The women currently on the Badminton Ocenaia Executive Board are:

  • Geraldine Brown (AUS) – also BWF Gender Equity Commission Chair
  • Johanna Kou (NCL)
  • Ngaoa Ranginui (COK)
  • Leody Vainikolo (TGA)

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 President of Oceania Women’s Award (POWA) is awarded biannually to recognise outstanding contribution to promote women in badminton. Previous winners include:

Val Nesbitt

2014 Winner

Val Nesbitt (AUS)

Judith Cousins

2016 Winner

Judith Cousins (AUS)

Nynette Sass

2017 Winner

Nynette Sass (SAM)

Susan Taylor POWA2

2020 Winner

Susan Taylor (AUS)

Judith Brown

In 2018, Judith Cousins was awarded the prestigious BWF Women In Badminton Award

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