For the first time, the VICTOR Oceania Para-Badminton Championships were held at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre in July 2022. This year’s event saw a record number of entries Oceania-wide but in particular from Australia – the total number of Australian entries surpassed the total number of entries of the last championships in Ballarat, 2020.
Victorian athletes who competed came from a range of backgrounds, from members of our State Para Badminton Development Squad, players who only picked up the sport this year and even a Paralympian of another sport. Nonetheless, our Victorians played hard and with the hearts and achieved stunning results – even record-breaking! Check out the highlights here:
🥇🥇🥇 Mischa GINNS (Western Suburbs Badminton Association (WSBA), Ability Para Badminton Club), being the first triple-title winner, winning WH1-2 WS, WD and XD at the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships.
🥇🥇🥈 Bree MELLBERG (WSBA), Ability Para Badminton Club) won WH1 WS, WH1-2 WD with Mischa, and won Silver in WH1-2 XD with fellow Paralympian, Grant MANZONEY (WA).
🥈🥈 Qambar Ali AKHTEYARI (WSBA, Ability Para Badminton Club) won Silver WH2 MS and WH1-2 MD.
🥈🥉🥉 Céline VINOT (Melbourne Smashers Badminton Club) won Silver in SL3-SU5 WD, and Bronze in SL4 WS and SL3 – SU5 XD.
🥈🥉 Sarah CHESHIRE (WSBA, Ability Badminton Club) won Silver in WH1 WS and Bronze in WH1-2 XD.
🥉🥉 Brooke HOLT (Ocean Grove Badminton Club) won Bronze in WH1-2 WS and WD.
🥉🥉 Douglas YOULTEN (WSBA, Ability Para Badminton Club) won Bronze in WH1 MS and WH1-2 XD with Sarah.
🥉 Arnold RAZON (WSBA, Ability Para Badminton Club) won Bronze SL3 – SU5 XD with Céline.
Also a special mention to local para badminton athletes Rod Rantall (Ballarat Badminton Association) and Luke Missen (Sale and Maffra Badminton Association) for being part of the Live Stream Commentary team with Badminton Oceania.
We also want to congratulate all our volunteers and technical officials who supported the event, and to which without them the event could not have been possible. From assisting the live stream, marshalling players and calling the shots in matches, thank you!
For more media coverage from the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022, visit the Badminton Oceania website.
📸 All the photos from the event can be found on the Badminton Victoria Flickr page.
📺 Watch match replays from our live stream on the Badminton Oceania YouTube channel.