Olympic Dreaming with Sawan Serasinghe

Rio 2016 Olympian Sawan Serasinghe (Glen Waverley Badminton Club) joined our Junior State Team and Development Camp players for an up-close and personal conversation (virtually) last weekend.

Sawan shared his personal memories and experiences from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, accompanied by photos and videos from Rio and his travels along the way. He also answered questions about the uniforms and gear that Olympians receive, living at the Olympic Village, playing against one of his idols, Lee Yong-dae and of course his photo of his post-match McDonald’s meal that went viral online around the world.

Aside from the fun and unique experiences at the Olympic Games, Sawan highlighted the importance of being mentally fit, aware of yourself, having a good support network in and outside of the badminton life and tips on how as a young player you can plan out short- and long- term goals.

Also in attendance was Sawan’s fellow training comrade and State Team player Nathan Tang (Glen Waverley Badminton Club). Nathan shared advice from the perspective of competing in the Singles discipline. Nathan himself has also spent time competing on the international circuit in previous years.

Thank you to Sawan and Nathan for these special insights, and President Rochelle Liyanage, and the Junior Committee for organising this awesome opportunity for our rising stars.

Juniors Ask Kirsty Gilmour About What She Wished She Knew When She Was Young

“Almost always you can do one more set!”

That mindset in itself is one of many reasons why Kirsty Gilmour has proven to be a determined athlete on the international badminton circuit. Our Junior Committee, Junior State Team Players and Badminton Victoria Junior Camp participants were pleased to welcome Kirsty in one of their online conversation last weekend about levelling up physically and mentally as a young athlete.

Kirsty is a Women’s Singles player from Scotland and you may remember her winning the individual Bronze Medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. From across the other side of the world, she spoke to the juniors about what she wished she knew when we she was young and a junior.

She encouraged the juniors to not be disheartened if something does not go their way. Kirsty shared with our rising stars that there is more than one pathway to reach an elite level and achieve the goals you set for yourself.

Kirsty also spoke on the fact that badminton is a sport for all and that regardless of your body structure you can play what you want if you put the work into it. In saying that, she said that players have different techniques and it is important to figure out what works for you, and to get a good foundation.

“Try not to compare yourself to other players, that can have a negative impact on your mentally… Be the player you are.”

When it comes to training, Kirsty was very adamant that we can “almost always you can do one more set! Everyone has it in them: One more set.”

“How hard you work is in your control. How fit you are is in your control. So it’s important to work on what you can control…”

“Almost always you can do one more set!” (Kirsty loved saying this.)

The juniors also had the chance to ask her questions: How she prepares for events? How she keeps working on her game when she travels so much? How much she trains normally? Snd also how she’s come back to training after the lockdown restrictions?

And while competitive badminton tends to individual based, Kirsty enjoys being in a team and in fact, her favourite tournaments are team events. For Kirsty, winning in a team is the best feeling because of the support from her teammates.

During the past few months where the most of the badminton scene has been on hold, we think this final piece of advice from Kirsty is gold for anyone feeling a little flat lately:

“Setting goals no matter how crazy it may seem, set those goals and then work towards those goals by ticking those boxes along the way.”

Thank you Kirsty for chatting to our young badminton athletes and our attending juniors for being part of the conversation. And congratulations to our Junior Committee on another great online session!

Position Vacant: Executive General Manager

Applications are now open for the Executive General Manager position with Badminton Victoria.

The role is a full-time position based primarily at our office in the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in Albert Park, Victoria.

For more information, please see the full Badminton Victoria Executive General Manager post on Sportspeople here and Position Description (PDF): Click here.


To apply for the Executive GM position, please send your cover letter and recent CV to Rochelle Liyanage, recruitment@badmintonvic.com.au.

Badminton Victoria will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately.

Applications Close Monday 28 September 2020 at 5:00 PM.


Badminton Victoria Inc. is the peak body for the sport of Badminton in Victoria. Affiliated with Badminton Australia, it leads and develops the sport of badminton across the state in partnership with our members (affiliated associations, clubs and commercial venues).

Badminton Victoria has a rich history dating back to 1932, and currently boasts the most number of affiliated members and the most number of registered participants in Australia. We currently have a strong competition/events calendar and an ever-growing participation base.

Key functions of Badminton Victoria include overseeing the needs of the membership, managing the calendar of events including major tournaments that are critical to the organisation, development and implementation of participation programs which is largely funded by the Victorian Government. It also oversees participation, the facilitation of coach and technical official education and the growth of the sport in Victoria in general.

Badminton Victoria has a small group of key staff who are based in Melbourne and operate from the office located at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC).


The Executive General Manager (Executive GM) in conjunction with the Board sets the vision for the organisation is responsible for the development and execution of the Badminton Victoria’s strategy required to realise the vision. To achieve this, the Executive GM is required to ensure the effective operation of the organisation including growing the membership base, supporting our members, raising additional funds for operations, maintaining strong and visible presence amongst key stakeholder groups, building a strong resource base and promoting ongoing growth and sustainability. The Executive GM must lead by example in promoting the sport of badminton throughout Victoria, working co-operatively with our members and in upholding the organisation’s values.

The Executive GM will build positive and effective working relationships with our members, government bodies, other state sporting bodies, whilst providing high-level representation to current and potential partners, sponsors and stakeholders. The Executive GM will also engage with the board committees on matters relating to governance and the strategic plan and will collaborate with the Badminton Victoria Committees on matters relating to their areas of interest.

To be considered for this role you will have strong experience in a strategic leadership role, ideally in a leadership role from within a sports environment. You will be a dynamic leader with a proven track record in managing and growing like-sized businesses, budgets and resources, with the ability to manage the day-to-day business operations whilst maintaining a focus on the long-term strategic priorities.

Your commercial and financial acumen will successfully deliver against strategic objectives whilst building strong networks and relationships across a wide range of stakeholders. You will have a proven track record of driving business development including securing and managing funding, commercial and/or sponsorship contracts and developing stable and diverse revenue streams.

A background in badminton is not required; however, you must have an understanding of state sporting organisations requirements and be committed to providing strong foundations for the growth and success of badminton throughout Victoria.

Enquiries about the position should be directed to Rochelle Liyanage via email – recruitment@badmintonvic.com.au

Free Online Courses for Badminton Development: Ready to plan and grow?

Learn more about how badminton and sport can have a positive impact in your community with these free courses and resources available online and to download.



COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What it is, how to prevent spread – Play By The Rules

COVID-19 infection control training – Australian Government Department of Health

Child Safe Standards – Vicsport

Governance for Clubs and Associations – Vicsport

Parents’ Guide to Clean Sport – Play By The Rules

Let Kids be Kids – Play By The Rules

Introduction to the Integrity of Sport – Play By The Rules

Ethics and Ethical Decision Making In Sport – Play By The Rules

Walking the Talk – Putting Integrity into Action – Play By The Rules

Child Protection – Play By The Rules

Harassment and Discrimination – Play By The Rules

Member Protection Information – Play By The Rules

Complaint Handling – Play By The Rules

Inclusive Coaching – Play By The Rules

LGBTI+ Participation in Badminton – Badminton Victoria



BWF certificated online modules to build the capacity of volunteers and staff

Sport for Sustainable Development for designing effective policies and programmes, marking the release of the first-ever, free massive open online course focused on Sport for Development.



Inclusive Coaching – Play By The Rules

BWF Shuttle Time online modules and teacher resources, BWF Level 1 & 2 Manuals



Education materials for Referees, Umpires and Line Judges


Granted! – Badminton Foundation Fund 2020

Badminton Victoria wishes to congratulate the following applicants who were recently granted funds under the Badminton Foundation Fund program:

Frederick Zhao (Badminton Player, Pro Badminton Academy)

  • Competed with the Under 17 Victoria Rebels State Team at the June Bevan Trophy and Australasian Under 17 Championships 2019.

  • Competed with the Under 15 Victoria Rebels State Team at the Val Nesbitt Trophy and Australian Under 15 Championships 2019

  • Participated in Badminton Victoria Junior Development Camp 2020


Kayson Goh (Badminton Player, Pro Badminton Academy)

  • Competed with the Under 17 Victoria Rebels State Team at the June Bevan Trophy and Australasian Under 17 Championships 2019.

  • Competed with the Under 19 Victoria Rebels State Team at the CP Maddern Trophy and Australian Under 19 Championships 2019.

  • Competed in the Australian National Championships 2020

  • Competed in the Singapore Youth International 2019


Cynthia Tam (Badminton Umpire, Badminton Connect)

  • Travels to events (local, interstate and international) to develop technical official skills and advance in umpire certification.

  • Have supported local events in Victoria including the Oceania Championships 2020

  • Travelled to Adelaide for South Australia International 2019

  • Planned to travel to New Zealand Open 2020 for assessment to a higher level of umpire certification, before the escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic

Kavinda Ratnapala (Badminton Coach, Badminton Connect)
  • Completed the Shuttle Time Coaching Course in 2019

  • Participated in the Badminton Victoria Coach Conference 2019

  • Enrolled to begin training for the Badminton Australia Umpire qualification

Funding under the program helps assist with expenses associated with development activities of players, coaches, officials and administrators in badminton incurred for the previous 12 months.

If you would like to contribute to this wonderful fund, please donate at https://asf.org.au/projects/badminton-victoria/

Badminton supported by Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package in Victoria

Our badminton community would like to thank the State Government of Victoria for supporting our badminton clubs and associations as part of the Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package. This initiative is part of the Victorian Government’s new Experience Economy Survival Package providing urgent support to help a range of key attractions, organisations and associations ride out the economic impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including the operational viability of community sport and active recreation organisations.

We congratulate our member clubs and associations for their drive to support our sport and applying for the grants with success.

  • Athlone Badminton Club (Baw Baw Shire Council)

  • Charlton Badminton Club (Loddon Shire Council)

  • Eaglehawk and Bendigo District Badminton Association (Loddon Shire Council)

  • Ellinbank Badminton Club part of Mid Gippsland Badminton Association (Baw Baw Shire Council)

  • Hawthorn Citizens Youth Club – Badminton Section, also known as Hawthorn Badminton Club (Boroondara City Council)

  • Landmark Community and Sports Club (Hume City Council)

  • Macedon Ranges Badminton Club (Macedon Ranges Shire Council)

  • Melbourne-City Badminton (Manningham City Council)

  • Moonee Valley Badminton Association (Moreland City Council)

  • Mornington Peninsula Ladies Badminton Association (Mornington Peninsula Shire Council)

  • South East Badminton Association (Greater Dandenong City Council)

  • Terang Badminton Club (Corangamite Shire Council)

  • Warragul Badminton Club part of Mid Gippsland Badminton Association (Baw Baw Shire Council)

  • Badminton Geelong (Greater Geelong City Council)

  • Drouin Badminton Club part of Mid Gippsland Badminton Association (Baw Baw Shire Council)

  • East Gippsland Badminton Association (East Gippsland Shire Council)

  • Melbourne Smashers Badminton Club (Hobsons Bay City Council)

  • Mornington Peninsula Badminton (Frankston City Council)

  • Shuttlecats Badminton Club (Darebin City Council)

  • Thornburn Ladies Badminton Association (Whitehorse City Council)

LGBTI+Edition of Love All; Play – Talk Series by Badminton Victoria

Watch the recording of the online event here:

About the event:

The LGBTI+ Edition was the first session of the Badminton Victoria Talk Series Love All; Play. During the live event, we talked to guest speakers from LGBTI+ people and allies in our badminton and sporting community. We want to thank everyone who supported the event:

We also hosted a Pop-Up Facebook LIVE chat with one of our speakers, Rudy Rigg leading up to the event which you can watch here:

Guest Speakers

  • Rudy Rigg is a 23-year-old, non-binary transgender person and a previous Badminton Victoria State Player and from a family with a huge history in the sport. Read more

  • Christine Granger, CEO of Proud 2 Play Read more

  • Shuttlecats Badminton Club Inc. is a Melbourne based LGBTQI+ social badminton club. Read more

  • Steph Chung, President of the Shuttlecats Badminton Club Inc. Read more

  • Nicole Castles, President of the Shuttlecats Badminton Club Inc. Read more

  • The Melbourne Smashers is a friendly LGBTQI badminton club based at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). Read more

  • Mark Gristock, Vice President of The Melbourne Smashers Read more

  • Sang Thai, Diversity Officer of The Melbourne Smashers Read more

Supported by Sport and Recreation Victoria, Vicsport, Proud 2 Play, the Shuttlecats Badminton Club and Melbourne Smashers Badminton Club


Introducing Love All; Play – Talk Series by Badminton Victoria

Save the date for the debut of the Badminton Victoria Talk Series, Love All; Play – debuting on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

Join us in this new LIVE and interactive event where we have inspired and open conversations with people of our local and diverse badminton community.

The LGBTI+ Edition is the first session of the Badminton Victoria Talk Series Love All; Play. During the live event, we will hear from and have our questions answered by guest speakers from LGBTI+ people and allies in our badminton and sporting community.

State Director changes as of June 2020

Badminton Victoria would like to advise that Craig Haydock has resigned as State Director after four half years at the helm of the organisation.

Craig was appointed to the position in April 2016 and has implemented numerous improvements to our processes during his time at Badminton Victoria. He played an important role in managing relationships with our members and stakeholders during this time. We thank Craig for the work that he has done over the last four years and wishes him well for the future.

We are pleased to inform you that Gillian Patmore will be stepping into the role as Acting State Director in a part-time capacity from Monday 1 June 2020. This will ensure that our day to day operations continue with minimal disruptions while Badminton Victoria searches for a suitable candidate.