Sponsorship and lockdown gifts aspiring Paralympian, Céline Vinot, with time and motivation to adjust to the SL4 game

In the last five months, Celine Vinot has only been able to access a badminton court once – a tough blow to one of Australia’s Paralympic candidates. The Melbourne-based player lives and trains in one of Australia’s worst hit hotspots during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the state of Victoria continues to endure a strict lockdown.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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Three Oceania players remain in contention at the Hulic Daihatsu Japan Para-Badminton International 2019

Pictured: Corrie Robinson, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo Australia’s Caitlin Dransfield tasted more victory on day two at the Hulic Daihatsu Japan Para-Badminton International 2019. The SL4 player opened with a convincing win over her Ukranian opponent, with one more match remaining against the first seed in group A before the knockout stages commence.…

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Inspiration on and off the court: Para-Badminton star and Nurse, Corrie Robinson, qualifies for World Para-Badminton Championships.

New Zealand’s Para-Badminton star, Corrie Robinson, has qualified for this month’s TOTAL BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. The avid shuttler is the region’s reigning Para-Badminton Champion in the Men’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles from last year’s VICTOR Oceania Para-Badminton Championships. Having taken on some of this year’s top Para-Badminton tournaments in the…

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Para-Badminton bringing together a community at the TOTAL BWF Para-Badminton World Championships

Australian Para-Badminton player, Celine Vinot, continues to make waves on the region’s Para-Badminton scene, after medalling in all three disciplines at last year’s VICTOR Oceania Para-Badminton Championships. Following a year of international tournaments, Celine will compete in this month’s TOTAL BWF World Para-Badminton Championships in Basel, Switzerland, in the ‘Standing Lower 3’ (SL3) Women’s Singles,…

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Australia’s Caitlin Dransfield competes amongst the close-knit Para-Badminton community – Irish Para-Badminton Int’l ’19

Australia’s Caitlin Dransfield is currently competing in Ireland at the FZ Forza Irish Para-Badminton International 2019 as she aims to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – the first time Para-Badminton will be played. The international Para-Badminton circuit comes with an added twist for Dransfield, as a smaller community of players on the elite…

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