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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Oscar Guo makes a triumphant return as New Zealand, Australia and Tahiti win 5-0 – VICTOR Oceania Men’s and Women’s Team Championships 2020

New Zealand and Australia showed no mercy on the opening day of the VICTOR Oceania Men’s and Women’s Team Championships 2020 in Ballarat. The stakes are high as the winning men’s and women’s team will travel to Denmark in May to compete in the TOTAL BWF Thomas and Uber Cup 2020. With five teams competing…

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Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen makes history, Gronya and Abhinav doubles up on gold. Final highlights – VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020

Pictured: Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen, Australia. Photo credit: Ballarat Badminton MEN’S SINGLES The reigning Oceania junior champion Edward Lau stepped onto court in his first open final this evening. The 18-year-old was not to be underestimated as he stunned the men’s singles draw on day one when he ousted the fourth seed. However, the experience of…

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Gronya, Abhinav double booked in the final. Wendy Chen chases sixth title. Semifinal highlights – VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020

Men’s Singles New Zealand’s Edward Lau lit up the hall this morning as he topped of his impressive run to tonight’s final in an exhilarating three game thriller. Lau is on track to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion, Oscar Guo (also from New Zealand), who extended a legacy across the men’s singles…

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Quarterfinal highlights: Sawan and Matthew overcome first seeds to chase fifth title – VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020

The quarterfinals at the VICTOR Oceania Championship opened with the mixed doubles this afternoon. Top seeds Simon Wing Hang Leung and Gronya Somerville maintained their impressive run as they aim to defend their title from 2019. However, the second seeds from New Zealand, who are also in pursuit of Olympic qualification, suffered a shock exit…

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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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