Four Para badminton representatives among finalists for 2022 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards

Pictured: Ian Bridge coaching Bree Mellberg (Australia). Photo Credit: Badminton Photo, James Varghese The 2022 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards (VDSR Awards) finalists have been announced. Para badminton is represented across two award categories, including Sportsperson of the Year (Community) and Administrator of the Year. Badminton Oceania’s Coaching and Development Officer, Ian Bridge, is…

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Paris 2024: Paralympic qualification regulations released

BWF MEDIA UPDATE The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Badminton World Federation (BWF) have published the qualification regulations for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Here’s the summary of the qualification timeline: Athlete Eligibility For singles, athletes must have participated in their relevant event at a minimum of three designated qualifying tournaments counting towards the Race…

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Smashing finals and the first triple crown winner at the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022

The finals of the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022 brought extra heat into the Melbourne winter cold today, with the first triple-crown winner in the history of the event. Moreover, each participating country, Australia (AUS), New Zealand (NZL) and Papua New Guinea (PNG) were represented on the podium this year. Jerome BUNGE was the…

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First Look: Paralympians aiming for Gold at VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022

The VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022 had the largest number of entries in the history of the event, including the entries of four Tokyo 2020 Australian Paralympians: Grant MANZONEY (AUS): competed in Wheelchair Class Badminton Caitlin DRANSFIELD (AUS): competed in Standing Class Badminton Janine WATSON (AUS): won Paralympic Bronze in Para-taekwondo Bree MELLBERG (AUS):…

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Competitive comrades in Quarter- and Semi-Finals of the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022

With the imminent finals day tomorrow, tension and excitement was high on Day 2 of the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships. The last of the preliminary round-robins were played throughout the day along with quarter- and semi-final matches throughout the afternoon and evening. In the group stages, there were tight matches in the Mixed Doubles…

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An even playing field: Newcomers not phased by international competition – VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022

Day 1 of the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022 has proven to be one of the most exciting days in the history of the event, with new players competing against seasoned athletes across 5 classifications. Also on court today were two recipients of the Badminton World Federation Female Participation Grant 2022: Dorna LONGBUT (PNG) and…

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Dorna Longbut: Landed and ready for badminton competition

Growing up and living in Papua New Guinea, Dorna Longbut discovered badminton a few months ago, ahead of her debut at the VICTOR Oceana Para Badminton Championships 2022. “Back in the country, badminton is not a really popular sport apart from Rugby league,” Dorna shares after her practice session yesterday. Before her badminton journey, Dorna…

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Marinda Jones comes back stronger for international badminton competition

The VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships returns this week, with the largest number of entries ever received for the event. A growth in overall para badminton participation over the last few years plus returning competitors makeup the history-making occasion, including WH 1 competitor Marinda Jones from Napier New Zealand. “I’ve been over to Australia… when…

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Dorna Longbut joins the PNG team to extend Para badminton legacy

Dorna Longbut (pictured second from left) prepares to make her Para badminton debut In 2020, four players made history as they became the first players to represent Papua New Guinea at an international badminton tournament – the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships in Ballarat, Australia. Jerome Bunge, David Joe Kaniku, Danny Ten and Nelly Leva…

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