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…

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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…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Christy Villaflor – Northern Marianas

The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Christy Villaflor, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Northern Marianas Badminton Association, talks about her journey with badminton which started in the Philippines. After starting to play in a gym, she took her new passion…

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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…

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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Australian Para Badminton Player, Duke Trench-Thiedeman, appointed to Badminton Oceania Athletes’ Commission

Pictured: Duke Trench-Thiedeman, Australia. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo Australia’s Duke Trench-Thiedeman has expressed his excitement on becoming the Para badminton representative on the Badminton Oceania’s Athletes’ Commission, helping to shape the future of Oceania’s events and initiatives for Para badminton players. Duke has competed in all Victorian, Australian and Oceania Championships since 2016, represented Australia…

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A thank you to all the teachers who make badminton happen

Every year on 5th October, World Teacher’s Day is celebrated across the world to highlight the unique role that adults play in children’s lives. For Badminton Oceania, there are over 2500 Shuttle Time teachers and plenty more coaches who bring badminton into the lives of thousands more across the continent. Whether it is for grass…

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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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