Become a Host Partner for the Badminton Victoria Month of Women and Girls

Badminton Victoria is seeking applications from our Member clubs, associations and venues to become a Host Partner for the Month of Women and Girls in March 2021.

The 3-Week program can be adapted to environments with or without badminton courts, indoor and outdoor settings, a range of skill and ability levels, and even online.

  • E.g. Online adaption (Shuttle Time At Home) here.

  • E.g. Outdoor adaption (AirBadminton at Melbourne Chinatown) here

    For more information about the Month of Women and Girls host partnership, download the program guide here:


    If your club/association/venue is interested in this opportunity, complete the application via this online form.

    Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM Friday 5th March 2021, or until the funding allocation is exhausted.

    COVID-19 Update: Badminton Victoria will work closely with Host partners to ensure the Month of Women and Girls programs are run safely and in accordance with practice guidelines outlined by local governing bodies. Learn More

    The Badminton Victoria Month of Women and Girls is an initiative supported by the State Government of Victoria in 2021.

    Further enquiries can be directed to:

    Olivia Na, Participation and Inclusion Manager at Badminton Victoria

    (03) 9686 4777

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

A new look for a new era…

Today, Badminton Victoria celebrated a new look for a new era with Badminton Australia and our fellow state and territory associations!

We are excited to launch our new logo in collaboration with the new National Badminton Brand. Badminton Australia hosted the star-studded Launch event with an amazing line-up of guests today. You can watch it here:


The launch comes after over 7 months of planning, research, consultation and development with the One Message One Brand Working group, comprising of representatives from Badminton Australia, consultants, designers, and state and territory badminton organisations, including Badminton Victoria staff member, Olivia Na. We thank every person in our Victorian community who supported the journey, including every person who completed a survey, provided feedback in consultations, meetings and presentations, and shared the news and updates online and through word of mouth.

With a new logo and vision for a national brand for the sport, Badminton Victoria is excited to continue supporting the local badminton community and our member clubs, associations and venues.

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,

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 –

State Director changes as of June 2020

Badminton Victoria would like to advise that Craig Haydock has resigned as State Director after four half years at the helm of the organisation.

Craig was appointed to the position in April 2016 and has implemented numerous improvements to our processes during his time at Badminton Victoria. He played an important role in managing relationships with our members and stakeholders during this time. We thank Craig for the work that he has done over the last four years and wishes him well for the future.

We are pleased to inform you that Gillian Patmore will be stepping into the role as Acting State Director in a part-time capacity from Monday 1 June 2020. This will ensure that our day to day operations continue with minimal disruptions while Badminton Victoria searches for a suitable candidate.