The 35th Annual General Meeting took place at Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre on Saturday 30 April 2022.
The voting AGM was also a hybrid AGM, with a combination of personnel meeting in the same room and the majority of member association representatives and delegates joining via Zoom.
There were two nominations for the Presidential election: Geraldine Brown and Loke Poh Wong – both residing in Australia.
Geraldine has been an Executive Board Member since 2005, voted on as the Vice President in 2010 and elected as President in 2012. She will continue to contribute her services towards the development of badminton in Oceania as an Executive Board Member, while also continuing to fulfil the role as BWF Vice-President Oceania which she has done since 2013.
Similarly, Loke Poh Wong has been an Executive Board member since 2010 and undertakes the role as Events Advisor (previously the event’s committee), where he has provided support since 2012.
Ultimately, the votes swayed in Loke Poh’s favour and he has been elected as President from 2022-2026.
The result meant that the Nigel Skelt (New Zealand) was the only remaining candidate for Deputy President and will continue his position in the role which he has undertaken from 2005-2007 and since 2012.
Meanwhile, Glenn Cox was reelected unopposed to the Executive Board, a position he has held since 2017.
Badminton Oceania congratulates Loke Poh on his successful campaign and thanks all candidates for their loyalty and services to the overarching mission and vision.
“First of all, I’d like to thank Geraldine Brown, who was my mentor for many years and she has been a terrific President. Of course, I’d also like to thank Oceania’s members who have elected me as your new President, for entrusting me with such an honour and I hope to serve you well in this role. We really want to make badminton accessible to everybody in Oceania and have a racket in everybody’s hand. As a confederation of the Badminton World Federation, we look forward to delivering the programmes and exceeding expectations over the next four years”, says Loke Poh Wong
“I’d like to firstly congratulate Loke Poh, on his successful challenge to gain Presidency. I look forward to working with him as I am still on the Executive Board for Badminton Oceania and am proud to be a part of it. We look forward to working together in the future for the betterment of Oceania”, says Geraldine Brown