Volunteer for the Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022

The Oceania Para Badminton Championships are running during 29 – 31 July 2022 at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)!

Join the volunteer event team for days before and during the event: 27-31 July. Sign-up with your interest and availability here: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/badmintonvic/surveys/3352/

Photo of a man and two women posing with a photo frame for #iambadminton anti-doping campaignThe volunteer roles available are:

  • Mobility Van Drivers
  • Venue Bump-In / Bump Out / Practice Courts Supervisor / Presentation Ceremony Assistant
  • Line Judges
  • Player Marshalling
  • Shuttle Control / Court Steward
  • Live Stream Data Entry Assistants
  • Match Control / Announcer
  • Live Stream Commentators
  • Photographer

Sign-up with your interest and availability here: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/badmintonvic/surveys/3352/

Director for the Badminton Victoria Board (Appointed) – Applications Open

Badminton Victoria (BV) is the state sporting association in Victoria, affiliated with Badminton Australia (BA), it leads and develops the sport of Badminton across the state in partnership with its members and stakeholders. Badminton is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport. BV exists to represent its member’s and participants’ interests and strives to be an inclusive organisation. We ensure a sustainable and financial future for our sport. We lead and collaborate with our stakeholders and are ‘one voice’ in advocating for and representing the sport. We believe in instilling a ‘sense of community and belonging’ and a culture where members’ and participants’ pursuits are paramount in all we consider and undertake. It is an exciting phase for BV. The strategic plan is now in full swing, and the Board of Directors is looking for an enthusiastic volunteer who would like to join this dynamic Board to provide valuable input into the way BV markets its products, services, and engages with its members. If you feel you are the right candidate – please apply – we would love to have a conversation.

  • Organisation name: Badminton Victoria
  • Position(s) available: Board Director Position (Appointed)
  • Details on the position: Please see attached
  • Contact name: Tjitte (TJ) Weistra (Executive General Manager). All contact details are included in the attachment.
  • Application closing date: COB 15 July 2022
  • Any additional attachments: Download BV Board of Director (Appointed) Position Description (PDF)

Victorians in full flight for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Australian Falcons Team

We are excited by the announcement of the Victorians selected for the Badminton Australia Falcons Team competing at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from 28 July – to 8 August.

Of the ten (10) members of the Australian Falcons Team, four (4) of them hail from Victoria.

Heading to her third Commonwealth Games is Gronya Somervilleone of the senior players in the team.

“It is incredible to be selected for my third Commonwealth Games and have the opportunity to represent Australia again,” Somerville said.

“We have a great group of players who are going to be working hard and motivating one another to be at their best.

“It is always exciting to be at the Games… I can’t wait to be in Birmingham.”

Debutants in the team include Victorians Kaitlyn EaNathan Tang, and Jacob Schueler.

Victorians selected for the Australian Falcons Team competing at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:

PLAYER CLUB AGE COMMONWEALTH GAMES SUBURB
Kaitlyn Ea Infinity Badminton Association 18 Debut Keysborough, 3173
Gronya Somerville Play Badminton 27 3rd Games. Previous Results:
2014 – R16: Mixed Doubles,
Quarter-finals: Mixed Team;
2018 – 4th: Women’s Doubles,
Quarter-finals: Mixed Team
Brunswick East, 3057
Jacob Schueler Ocean Grove 24 Debut Grovedale, 3216
Nathan Tang Glen Waverley Badminton Club 31 Debut Doncaster, 3109

The team is aiming to break a gold-medal drought, and history suggests that if Australia were to win another medal at the Commonwealth Games, a Victorian could be one to get it done!

The last Gold Medal for Australia was achieved by Victorian legend Lisa Bryant, who won gold for Women’s Singles in 1994.

The last Commonwealth Games medal won in badminton for Australia was at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games; a Bronze medal in the Women’s Doubles featuring Angela and Jack Yu’s mother, He Tian “Rosy” Tang (formerly known as Tang Yongshu and residing in Victoria at the time) and Kate Wilson-Smith (WA).

The first Individual Commonwealth Games medals won in Badminton for Australia were achieved in 1986:

Other Victorians who won individual medals for Australia at the Commonwealth Games include Peter Blackburn, Rhonda Cator and Mark Nichols.

And while our Commonwealth Games legends have achieved so much on the court, their continuous contributions beyond their athlete career are invaluable to inspiring the up and coming generations. In the past few weeks, Rhonda Cator was awarded Life Membership of Commonwealth Games Australia.

“This morning I was humbled to be awarded Life Membership of Commonwealth Games Australia. Thanks to the CGA and my beautiful family for all their support over the 32-year Commonwealth Games journey”, Rhonda shares.

For the full press release of the Australian Falcons Commonwealth Games Badminton Team for Birmingham 2022, visit the Commonwealth Games Australia website.

For the full press release of the inducted Life Members of Commonwealth Games Australia, visit the Commonwealth Games Australia website.

For the announcement by Badminton Australia, visit the Badminton Australia website.

For more records of Australians in Badminton at the Commonwealth Games, visit the Badminton Australia website.

2022 Women-In Badminton Leadership Program – Pilot Program by Badminton Victoria

** Changed dates and schedule ** Updated 12th April 2022. Originally published 8th March 2022.

Happy International Women’s Day to our wonderful badminton community! In the theme of this year’s campaign message, “Break The Bias”, Badminton Victoria is excited to launch the Women-In Badminton Leadership Program in 2022. We hope that the program supports women who want to volunteer or work in badminton to access professional development opportunities, placing them in the best position to obtain and thrive in leadership roles.

In partnership with the Change Our Game campaign and the State Government of Victoria, the Women-In Badminton Leadership Program focuses on developing the talent and leadership skills of women interested in pursuing a career or role in badminton and sport.

Included in the program is the amazing weekend workshop facilitated by Alison Crabb and Lyndall Russell from Mad4Leaders. About the Mad4Leaders team, Badminton Victoria staff member Olivia Na shares, “Having worked directly with Alison and Lyndall from Mad4Leaders in the Vicsport with LEAP – female professional development program, I can tell you that their in-person training experiences are insightful and challenging, but all in a very supportive environment. With the opportunity to offer my fellow women in the badminton community to experience these sessions with Mad4Leaders, I had to jump at the opportunity!”

Badminton Victoria Participation, Inclusion and Communications Manager, Olivia Na graduating from the Vicsport LEAP – female leadership development program, with Mad4Leaders in 2021

Thanks to the support of our partners, we are pleased to offer the program at a subsidised cost of $50 per person, which includes:

  • Weekend workshop: 4-5 June
  • Networking sessions: July, September and November
  • Presentation in December

Are you ready to level up? Apply today via the online form here: https://bit.ly/BVWomenIn2022

Download a Flyer (PDF)

Tjitte (TJ) Weistra appointed Executive General Manager for Badminton Victoria

Badminton Victoria is excited to announce the appointment of Tjitte (TJ) Weistra as the Executive General Manager for Badminton Victoria after a thorough recruitment process. TJ will commence in the role from Monday 30 November 2020.

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.

TJ will take over from Acting State Director Gillian Patmore. Gillian will continue at Badminton Victoria until the end of 2020 to assist TJ to settle into the role.

TJ shared his excitement about leading Badminton Victoria:

I am looking forward to servicing the Victorian badminton community and bringing my passion for badminton and my previous experience to this exciting role. Badminton Victoria is entering a new era building on previous hard work and successes both on and off the court and it is a privilege to be given the opportunity to be part of this new chapter.”

We look forward to TJ joining our badminton community to be part of our journey in to 2021 and beyond.

We thank Gillian Patmore for taking on the role of Acting State Director at short notice and for doing such a wonderful job in the role. She may be stepping down from this role, but she will continue to be an integral part of our badminton community.

 

Kind regards,

 

Rochelle Liyanage

President, Badminton Victoria