Pictured: Grant Manzoney (left) and Caitlin Dransfield (right), Australia. Photo Credit: Craig Burgess, Badminton Photo Australia’s Para badminton debutants, Grant…
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.
Para badminton is now recognised as a Paralympic sport and will be inaugurated for the first time at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with the Para Badminton programme scheduled to take place from 1-5 September 2021. The International Paralympic Committee (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.