Badminton is a sport for all, meaning that it is accessible to men and women of all ages and for people with a wide range of impairments.

Badminton is now recognised as a Paralympic sport and will be inaugurated for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which has been postponed until August 2021. The International Paralympic Comittee (IPC) recognises the Badminton World Federation (BWF) as the world governing body for Para badminton.

Badminton Oceania works with our member countries to promote and develop Para badminton in the region including delivering the Disability Module as part of our coach education programme.

In 2018, Australia was the first country in Oceania to stage a BWF sanctioned Para badminton tournament; this was followed by the Oceania Para badminton Championships which will be held every second year.

Para badminton athletes compete in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, where they are classified into one of six different sport classes to ensure fairness in competition.

In 2018, Australia was the first country in Oceania to stage a BWF sanctioned Para-badminton tournament; this was followed by the Oceania Para-badminton Championships which will be held every second year. Click on the links below to find out more information or view the results.


Badminton is also part of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. To find out what classifications and what events are on the programme, click here.




Find out the results from the previous Para-Badminton events to take place in the region on our Past Events page.

Wheelchair 1 (WH 1)

Players in this class requires a wheelchair to play badminton. Players in this Sport Class usually have impairment in both lower limbs and trunk function.

Wheelchair 2 (WH 2)

A player in this class could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and minimal or no impairment of the trunk.

Standing Lower (SL 3)

In this class a player must play standing. The player could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance.

Standing Lower (SL 4)

A second standing class where the player has a lesser impairment compared to Sport Class SL 3. The player could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and minimal impairment in walking/running balance.

Standing Upper (SU 5)

The player in this class has impairment of the upper limbs.

Short Stature (SH 6)

These are players who have a short stature due to a genetic condition often referred to as “dwarfism”.

Source: Badminton World Federation

New para-badminton players who wish to be classified need to go through a Classification process. To know more about this process and which documents are needed, click here.

The Badminton World Federation statutes outline the rules and regulations surrounding the sport.

You can find the para-badminton specific regulations in the following sections:

  • Section 5.5 – Para-Badminton Competition Regulations
  • Section 5.5.1 – International Representation Chart
  • Section 5.5.2 – Specifications for International Standards Para-Badminton Facilities
  • Section 5.5.3 – Time Lines for Para-Badminton Tournaments
  • Section 5.5.4 – Tournament Sanction Policy
  • Section 5.5.5 – Para-Badminton Classification Regulations
  • Section 5.5.6 – Regulations for Para-Badminton World and Continental Championships
  • Section 2.6 – Para-Badminton Offences and Penalties
  • Section 2.2.7 – BWF Classifiers Code of Conduct

The latest world rankings for Para badminton players are available here.

The role of Badminton Oceania is to assist Member Countries to develop their own in-country Para badminton programme providing opportunities for players, coaches, classifiers and technical officials.

Our development programme is closely aligned to the BWF Para badminton development structure.

In 2020, Badminton Oceania will be organising and running two para-badminton training camps.  The aim of the camps is to build on the in-country programmes to further develop and prepare players and coaches for competitive play.

The first camp took place in January originally to be held in Canberra but had to be moved to Melbourne due to the Australian Bushfires. More information on the second camp will be available soon.

For coaches working with players with disabilities, it is important to keep in mind the BWF’s inclusive philosophy of “One Sport – One Team”.

The principles in the Shuttle Time and Coach Education resources are applicable to ALL players, including those with physical or intellectual disabilities. In essence, disability coaching is good badminton coaching.

As the inclusivity statement in the Coach Education manuals explains, coaches should not be afraid to apply and adapt:

  • the “How to Coach” and “What to Coach” principles and practices
  • technical practices according to the needs and abilities of the players
  • questioning skills to identify the best ways to provide meaningful and appropriate practice

Badminton Oceania organises and delivers a Para badminton Coaching module; in 2019 this was held in conjunction with the second player development camp in November.  To be eligible to undertake this course the coach must already hold a BWF Level 1 Coaching qualification.

For all enquires, please contact

For more information on Para badminton, please contact

Watch the BWF Para-Badminton coaching videos, part of its level 1 coach education course. Clips number 48-62
Check out the Para-Badminton event calendar for 2020