Pasifika Festival will bring badminton to Auckland’s Pasifika communities

This weekend, Badminton Oceania is partnering up with Counties Manukau Badminton Association and CLM Community Sport to deliver a Pasifika Festival. The fun-filled day aims to bring badminton to the forefront for Pasifika communities in Auckland and facilitate connections to the national body of their respective countries – our member associations. From 12 midday –…

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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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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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Reigning champion, Grant Manzoney, thrilled by Para badminton’s growth

Pictured: Grant Manzoney, Australia. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo, Craig Burgess Australia’s Grant Manzoney was part of Para badminton’s history-making Paralympic Games debut in Tokyo last year. He is also the two-time reigning WH2 men’s singles and men’s doubles Continental Champion, with every intention of defending his titlew in next week’s VICTOR Oceania Championships 2022. The…

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BWF Celebrates Inaugural World Badminton Day

Thousands of people have picked up a badminton racket today as part of the inaugural World Badminton Day celebrations. A total of 199 official registered events from 60 countries were planned, giving people and communities an opportunity to experience fun and inclusive badminton for the first time. While the events ranged in size, location, and…

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Wallis and Futuna and Northern Marianas raise the roof; New Caledonia and Tahiti dominate on day two

Pictured: Leonard Manuel, Northern Marianas. Photo Credit: Michael Jornal Morning Session The home team (Northern Marianas) celebrated their first win this morning, with an empathic 5-0 victory over the Solomon Islands. In the men’s singles, Jeffery Kalia (Solomon Islands) showed glimpses of hope to take one match for the team, but Leonard Manuel proved too…

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