Tjitte “TJ” WEISTRA

Executive General Manager (EGM) (since late November 2020) & Chair of the Performance Committee (since January 2021)

  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Sponsors and Partners
  • Coach Education
  • Performance

TJ comes with extensive experience in leadership, strategy, development, events and stakeholder relations. TJ has a rich history in badminton, representing the Netherlands in the 90s and early 2000’s before moving on to a National Coaching role with the Peruvian Badminton Federation. TJ made his mark in New Zealand, where he was an integral part of the Waikato Badminton Association first as Director of Coaching and later as CEO guiding the organisation through a major governance and operational restructure. TJ was also the Badminton NZ National Coach and High Performance Manager for several years which included leading NZ teams to the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Olympics, Thomas & Uber Cups finals, and various World Junior Championships. TJ and his family relocated to the Mornington Peninsula early in 2019.

Olivia NA

Participation, Inclusion and Communications Manager

  • Participation and Inclusion Development
  • Government-funded Programs
  • Media and Communications
  • Merchandise

Prior to her employment with Badminton Victoria grew up playing badminton locally and in international competitions. She has represented Mountain District Badminton Association and Badminton Academy of Victoria Club previously, but most recently played for the Victoria Strikers State Team in 2018. Passionate about igniting community spirit, Olivia has volunteered at community events and tournaments, managed sports teams and served on volunteer committees for badminton.

Some of her career highlights in badminton include being the tournament director for Australian National and Oceania Championships, and volunteering at the 2017 BWF Sudirman Cup and 2018 Commonwealth Games, both held in the Gold Coast, Australia. Her skills in media has lead to opportunities to also work for Badminton Oceania and receive an honourable mention for the Sportscover Clubbies and Inside Sport Awards 2019 for Best Use of Media. She has also contributed to the Badminton Australia One Message, One Brand Working Group in 2020 and currently volunteers on the Badminton Oceania Gender Equity and Diversity Committee.

 

Nick PETTITT

Member Services Manager

  • Member Services
  • State Team and Player Relationships (transitioning out)
  • Tournaments and Events
  • Uniforms

Nick comes to Badminton Victoria with 25+ years of customer service experience in the airline industry and has played a key role in the growth of the Melbourne Smashers Badminton Club.

Nick’s focus is customer-oriented. He is passionate about delivering customer service and supporting our members with a range of new initiatives.

Vee-Vian CHONG

Performance Program Coach & Member of the Performance Committee

  • Senior State Squad Coach
  • State Para Badminton Development Squad Coach
  • Assists in the Junior Performance Squad training sessions
  • Co-founder and coach of Westside Badminton

“I was introduced to Badminton when I was 11 years old. After being selected into the Malaysia National Team, I started representing Malaysia in various national and international tournaments. I moved to Melbourne, Australia when I was 19 years old to pursue my higher education and was delighted to find such a significant badminton community. I have had the opportunity to represent Australia in several local, national and international tournaments. Having experienced different training styles in two countries, I have found passion in sharing this experience, skill and knowledge through coaching others from different age groups and have recently established a BV [Member] club called Westside Badminton. With my high level of skill and [a] broad range of techniques, I am hoping to assist Para badminton in reaching the highest level in Australia.”

Ross SMITH

Performance Program Coach & Member of the Performance Committee.

  • Junior Squad Coach and mentors the Under 19 and Under 17 Junior players in the State Performance Program
  • Ross is a former Australian representative player, 2 x Olympian, 4 x Commonwealth Games representative
  • 4 x Oceania Champion and holds more than 12 International titles
  • Coach at Play Badminton
  • Coach at Maribyrnong Sports Academy

Matthew CHAU

Performance Program Coach & Member of the Performance Committee

  • Junior Squad Coach and mentors the Under 15 and Under 13 Junior players in the State Performance Program.
  • Former Australian representative player, Olympian & Commonwealth Games athlete
  • 4 x Oceania Champion and holds various international titles.