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)

Highlights from the 89th Annual General Meeting of Badminton Victoria Inc.

Thank you to our Member clubs, associations and venues for joining us for the 89th Annual General Meeting of Badminton Victoria Inc recently. We had some amazing nominations for our annual awards and presented them on the day. Here are all our award recipients for their achievements in 2021:

Life Member Inductees
Peejade Cheng (Badminton Connect)

For ten years of continuous service on the Board of Badminton Victoria.

  • Board Director since 2009.
  • President/Chair 2011 – 2014.
  • Finance Director 2014 – current.
Peter Brown (Ocean grove badminton club)

For ten years of continuous service on the Board of Badminton Victoria.

  • Board Director since 2010.
  • BV Junior Committee Member 2016 – 2021.
Distinguished Service Awards
Bob Causon (Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Assoc.)

Award the Service Award previously by Badminton Victoria.
Life Member of Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Assoc.
Runs the Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon social sessions.
Attends the Friday night junior sessions and assists with coaching the new juniors.
Bob is a tireless volunteer of the association, assisting where he can around the association.
Bob has also been playing badminton for over 50 years.
Was Hero of the Month in 2021 on the Badminton Australia newsletter.
Early years when his own kids were younger, travelled to junior tournaments and senior tournaments.

David Talbot (Werribee Junior Badminton Assoc.)

Has been coaching for more than 30 years.
Currently President of the club and has been for several years. We feel that he has saved the club from difficult situations by the outstanding commitment and service. David is popular with players and parents and has coached many kids at Victorian competitions.

Kerryn Hawkey (Mountain District Badminton Assoc.)

After joining the MDLBA (Ladies) in approx. 1987, Kerryn was Match Secretary for MDBA Ladies from 1988-1993. Kerryn has been on the MDBA Committee for many years and filled the position of Match Secretary from 1998-2008, where she then resigned to become the Administrator from 2009-2011. After a short retirement Kerryn returned to the Board and eventually became the Match Secretary in 2012 once again. In 2014 Kerryn became the Monday night Veterans Co-ordinator. The veterans’ competition boasts up to 18 teams and requires an enormous amount of time and meticulous organisational skills.
Kerryn not only is the match secretary and coordinator but is part of the MDBA badminton committee. Every Monday night after collecting match fees she is seen watching games and talking to all the players. Kerryn is a wealth of knowledge and information in the running of this Association, and we value her efforts greatly. We are proud to nominate Kerryn Hawkey for a BV Distinguished award.
Well and truly 25 plus years serving the badminton community at MDBA.

Margaret Anderson (South East Badminton Assoc.)

Has been part of the club and has volunteered her time for over 26 years at SEBA and continues to do so. She has over 40 years of service with the Dandenong Badminton Club as well and is a Life Member there.
She has also been helping at the HPB club for over 10 years.
On top of the time she puts towards all the clubs she is involved with, she is a well known umpire at the Victorian tournaments.

Sue Dunbar (Mountain District Badminton Assoc.)

Sue has been on the MDBA committee since 1994. Sue has worked endlessly in the MDBA Kitchen when events are on. Sue has also worked at many working bees in the initial stages of our Association and continues to do so. She spends many hours with beginners here at Kilsyth helping the grassroots players and potentially increasing membership numbers for the association. She helped run Mt. Evelyn Club for many years until it folded. Sue then started up the Warrandyte Club which covers the majority of our teams in Class 1 at Mountain District – 13 at present. After the passing of Mr. Noel Stephens, Sue took over as President in 2010. For Sue’s unwavering support and dedication to MDBA she was awarded with Life Membership to M.D.B.A. We cannot think a more worthy recipient of a distinguished service award. She leads by example always at events and takes the time to engage with members of MDBA. The amount of time and commitment put into MDBA and to badminton is immeasurable.

Service Awards
Lyn Cooper (Diamond Valley Badminton Assoc.)

Lyn has been the heartbeat of Diamond Valley Badminton; a Life member of the club Lyn continues to donate her time as match committee chair while also being part of the Victorian Badminton Veterans Assoc.
Lyn has had 16 years of continual service to the DVBA committee while helping to run many of the competitions at Eltham in the years prior to being officially being on the committee. From memory she is one of the organizer’s of the competitions at Eltham back in the 1990s.

Ruth Smythe (East Gippsland Badminton Assoc.)

Ruth has 10 years of continuous service to the East Gippsland Badminton Assoc. committee – 2 as a general committee member and 8 years as president.
Always involved in the day-to-day running of the club – booking venues, communicating with members, liaising with BV/other organisations as required.
Responsible for establishing club’s website and email communications.
Successfully applied for several sporting grants for equipment and support through COVID restrictions.

Perpetual Awards for 2021
Ern Harding Memorial Trophy – Awarded to Kenneth Choo (2G Sports)

A perpetual trophy donated by Sir Albert Jennings, who played badminton with Ern Harding, the first Vice-President when the V.B.A. was formed.
Presented to the man who returned the best performances in tournaments.

Robert Bruce Maxfield Perpetual Trophy – Awarded to Gronya Somerville (Play Badminton)

First presented in 1969 to the man or woman player who returned the best performances in tournaments. Since 1971 presented to women only.

H. Roy Brady Memorial Trophy – Awarded to Athi Selladurai (Infinity Badminton AssoC.)

Presented by the BV Performance Committee for court demeanour & attitude.

Paul Tyrrell Trophy – Awarded to Jazmine Lam (Pro Badminton Academy)

Presented to the Most Improved Junior player of the year.

For the Annual Report and Records presented at the AGM, visit our History page.

For all the photos from the AGM and Awards, visit our Flickr album.

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)

Badminton Victoria Performance Committee

First posted 30th March 2021. Updated 7th June 2021.

Selection of players for Badminton Victoria (BV) State Squads and Teams will now be the responsibility of the new Badminton Victoria Performance Committee (BVPC). This committee is made up of the Junior and Senior State Squad coaches, Para Badminton Development Squad coach, and two other highly-qualified personnel:

  • Vee-Vian Chong – BV Performance Coach (Senior State Squad, Para Badminton Development Squad)
  • Ross Smith – BV Junior U17/19 State Squad Coach
  • Matthew Chau – BV Junior U13/15 State Squad Coach
  • Gillian Patmore – Former BV Junior Committee member and Junior Selector
  • Mei Wan – Former BV Junior Committee member
  • Tjitte “TJ” Weistra – BV Executive General Manager (Chair)

The establishment of the BVPC will also mean the discontinuation of the BV Junior Committee, and the Junior and Senior Selectors groups. We thank all of the volunteers who have been part of these groups and playing key roles in assembling our high-performing State Teams over the years.

We look forward to working with the BVPC to continue developing our high-performing athletes of the future and work within the Badminton Australia High-Performance Pathways.

Update 7th June 2021: Jeff Tho has stepped down from the Badminton Victoria Performance Committee upon his resignation as the Senior State Squad Coach.

Nominations for BV Awards, Life Membership and Board Directors at the 88th AGM in 2021

We are seeking nominations for Awards, Life Membership and Board Directors to be presented at the 88th Annual General Meeting of Badminton Victoria Inc in April 2021.

Badminton Victoria must receive nominations no later than Monday 29th of March 2021.

For eligibility information and to nominate a person, please visit the links below:

Board Director

Nomination Form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6JPGDJC

Life Member

Nomination Form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JZVW9XH

Distinguished Service Awards

Nomination Form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/66TYQVH

Service Awards

Nomination Form:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6Q6CBDN

Happy Holidays 2020! – Office Closure

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Thank you for sticking with our sport in 2020. We, the board, staff and committees of Badminton Victoria, are very excited to bring you more exciting initiatives in the new year!

The BV Office will be closed from Thursday 12 PM Midday on Christmas Eve, 24th December 2020.

The office will open again in the new year resuming normal office hours on Monday 11th January 2021.

For urgent enquiries during office closure, please contact our Executive General Manager on egm@badmintonvic.com.au.

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/