Featured: Wojtek Czyz (NZL)
Oceania Para players are on the road again, this time traveling to Japan to play at the Hulic Daihatsu Japan Para Badminton International 2023. This BWF Para Badminton International Level 2 tournament, which is a qualifying tournament for the Paris Paralympics 2024, features nine Australian and one New Zealand player.
After recently competing at the VICTOR Oceania Para Championships 2023 and the Western Australia Para Badminton International 2023, the Oceania players will be taking good form into this international in Japan.
Wheelchair athlete and Oceania Para Badminton Champion, Mischa Ginns is competing in women’s singles and mixed doubles with fellow Australian, Lochan Cowper. Ginns and Cowper won the XD WH1-WH2 and Oceania title in Mandurah, Perth, while also impressing in her singles campaign to take the Oceania title for WS WH1+WH2. She is one of 11 athletes in her women’s singles class in Tokyo.
New Zealand standing athlete, Wojtek Czyz will play in two classes this week. The Oceania Para Badminton Champion will not have his compatriot, Corrie Robinson on court with him at this tournament, but will partner Mohammad Ali Imam (BAN) in the MD SL3-SL4. Czyz will also play in the MS SL3 class in a field of 18 players.
Seasoned campaigner, Grant Manzoney will feature in the MS WH1, XD WH1-WH2 and MD WH1-WH2 with continuing partner, Martyn Ford (AUS). This will be Manzoney’s eighth Para Badminton International this year in his quest to represent Australia at the Paris Paralympics 2024.
Further Australian athletes to keep across are Kenneth Adlawan, Amonrat Jamporn, Lam Tsz Huen, Celine Vinot and Janine Watson.