With the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2024 fast approaching, Badminton Oceania is again taking the opportunity to incorporate a youth development programme for the Pacific countries into this seven-day, two-tournament event, providing the youngsters with insights into the world of international badminton.
The VICTOR Oceania Championships 2024 is a festival of badminton, showcasing an individual tournament, followed by the Men’s and Women’s team event with the winners going on to the TOTALENERGIES BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals being played in May in China. In total there will be over 212 players plus support staff from eight Oceania countries taking the court in Geelong 12-18 February.
Running alongside the VICTOR Oceania Championships will be the Pacific u17 Invitation Team Challenge and training camp. This opportunity for young Pacific players is the focus of the Badminton Oceania Tier 3 Player Development Programme for 2024, a follow on from the Pacific u15 Invitation Team Challenge and development camp played in Auckland in 2023.
In the lead up to February’s training camp and tournament, players have been training in-country with more than 60% of the 2024 participants having been part of the 2023 programme in Auckland. This opportunity also assists in the build-up to the 2024 World Junior Championships that several of the participating countries will be working toward as well as the 2025 Oceania Junior Championships.
Teams and players from Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia, Northern Marianas, and Tahiti, together with their managers and coaches, will be involved in the development camp for two days prior to the u17 Pacific Challenge. The camp will include on court and off court work including an integrity session showcasing the Badminton World Federation’s Player Education – Dual Career Programme.