Badminton Oceania, in partnership with Badminton Cook Islands, is delighted to announce that an additional wheelchair division will be added to the Oceania Masters in Paradise 2022 programme – taking place from 26-31 May 2022.
Since the inaugural Australia Para Badminton International 2018, Oceania’s Para badminton community has expanded with a greater presence of development camps and representation at the BWF World Championships, VICTOR Oceania Championships 2018/2020 and most recently, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Unsurprisingly, the last two years have left all players feeling frustrated. But the Oceania Masters in Paradise 2022 brings newfound hope and joy to the tournament calendar. It will be the perfect route back into competition, combining the ultimate highlights of a holiday and badminton in the beautiful surroundings of Rarotonga.
Taking place at the Telecom Arena, the tournament has secured exclusive flight deals (from Auckland only) with Air New Zealand, alongside more exclusive deals with the official accommodation partners, The Edgewater Resort & Spa.
Player and supporter packages allow for a stress-free and memorable week, including:
- Transport to and from the airport, accommodation and playing venue (for those staying at the Edgewater and arriving/leaving on the official tournament dates)
- Welcome function (including a meal)
- Island night/prizegiving (including food and a one-hour drinks package)
- Tournament costs
- Goodie bag
- A fantastic tourist excursion
All while allowing for some free time to explore the paradisiac island in their free time.
Over 100 local and international participants are expected to take part in the whole tournament, with the wheelchair division taking place on the courts parallel to the able-bodied tournament. While the able-bodied team tournament will consist of teams of up to 8 people, over 4 ties, the wheelchair event will consist of teams of 2 who will play 2 singles each per tie, also totaling 4 matches in a tie.
“We take pride in offering the Para badminton community these unique experiences in a region where our players already have to overcome significant travel and logistical barriers to compete. With the Cook Islands on our doorstep, we are delighted to offer players the opportunity to get more tournament experience, while exploring the stunning island of Rarotonga”, says Badminton Oceania Secretary General, Julie Carrel
Interested in playing in Oceania Masters in Paradise? All information, including event schedule, sign up forms and FAQs are available on the links below:
- Cook Islands is set to open quarantine-free travel to New Zealand from 14 January 2022. It is anticipated that quarantine-free travel from Australia will be announced over the coming months. Any players are welcome to enter the event, providing their local and the Cook Islands government allows them to enter the country. Please consult with your local COVID-19 government information hub for the latest information.
- The Cook Islands government have also announced that it will be mandatory for all visitors aged 12 and above to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country.
- All associated registration fees (team and player packages) are fully refundable in the event that the government imposes COVID-19 restrictions that do not allow travel to the Cook Islands.
- It is strongly advised that you seek travel insurance. If you book on the exclusive flight deals with Air New Zealand (mentioned in ‘Step 3’ above) then your travel is covered in our terms and conditions as it does not come under the Air New Zealand policy..
- The policy for the Edgewater Resort and Spa is also covered on page 4 of the Accommodation Provider pack.