Extended Nominations: Para Badminton Ambassador Programme with Badminton Victoria

Badminton Victoria is pleased to introduce our new Para Badminton Ambassador Programme. The initiative aims to engage people with disability and providers of sport, recreation and community services with volunteers and passionate Para badminton players.

Aligned with Badminton Victoria’s Inclusive Vision for Badminton, Para Badminton Ambassadors help connect badminton with communities, share their personal experiences and promote Para badminton pathways and activities as a vehicle for engagement and inclusion.

The programme provides Ambassadors with an official platform to become involved in the introduction of badminton related initiatives in the community, as well as opportunities for professional development.

We hope the initiative will continue to encourage all people – regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, race, nationality, ethnic background, or disability – to engage with our diverse badminton community. We are looking forward to working with our member clubs, associations, venues, and stakeholders to deliver welcoming and accessible facilities and programmes for new, returning and existing badminton participants.

Nominations for the Badminton Victoria Para Badminton Ambassador Programme is open online here and closes Monday 7th December.

For more information and opportunities to be involved, contact Badminton Victoria:

Olivia Na

Participation and Inclusion Manager – Badminton Victoria


Phone: 03 9686 4777

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

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