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.

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)

2022 Melbourne MS Mega Badminton

Are you with us? Register today for the 2022 Melbourne Mega Badminton.

A fun relay event raising much-needed funds for people living with multiple sclerosis – play for ten minutes or four hours, it is up to you!

Held on Saturday 30 April 12:00pm until Sunday 1 May 12:00pm at Altona Badminton Centre.

Register now via –  https://www.msmegachallenge.org.au/event/mega-badminton-melbourne

In partnership with Western Suburbs Badminton Association, Altona Badminton Centre and Badminton Victoria.

Badminton Victoria Player Levy

Please find a message below from our Executive General Manager, Tjitte “TJ” Weistra.

Dear Badminton Community,

You may have noticed that Badminton Victoria has introduced a new fee ($5) for players who are entering into BV sanctioned events in 2022 which is called “Player Levy”. I would like to take this opportunity to provide the reasons why this has been introduced to ensure that everyone understands the rationale for this fee.

Badminton Victoria has over 90 member clubs/associations/venues and at the end of 2021, our members overwhelmingly voted in favour of a new membership model. The new model proposed by BV replaced an outdated model which was no longer a good reflection of the wide range of different types of members we have as an organisation and the fee structure that was linked to that. The new model links the fee closely with the amount of badminton activity a member club/association undertakes throughout the year. Implementing the new model has lead to a fee reduction for 75% of all our members and becoming much fairer across the board.

The new model does mean that there is an overall reduction in membership fee income for Badminton Victoria, but we felt that it was necessary to provide our members with reduced fees where necessary and possible. Too many of our member clubs/associations were paying a fee that was too high. The new model also is the start of a fee model that is based on a “user-pay” model rather than a model where everyone pays the same, regardless of the services/benefits that members are accessing.

One of the services that BV offers are opportunities to participate in sanctioned events which are strongly linked to our overall player pathway. The number of players that participate in sanctioned events makes up a low percentage of the total number of affiliated players, as most people that play badminton only play socially or at a graded level. However, in our old membership model, all clubs/associations, and subsequently all players, ultimately pay for all services that BV offers regardless of whether they are accessing the service. To put it simply, a player that only plays socially still pays a fee to their club/association which includes a wide range of BV services but is unlikely to benefit from all the services.

By lowering the overall membership fee income, we are removing some of the fees that clubs/associations/players pay for services that may never be accessed. In a perfect world, this means that clubs/associations that are now paying much less for their membership to BV and passes those savings on to their affiliated players.

BV had to look at how to replace the loss of income from a reduction in membership fee income to ensure that we can continue to deliver services/benefits to our members. Applying the same “user-pay” principle, we have introduced the new Player Levy of $5 per player per tournament so that those players that access our sanctioned events pay a small additional fee to do so rather than spreading the cost of hosting sanctioned events across all members/players in Victoria regardless of whether they use the service.

Rather than just charging a $5 Player Levy to simply replace the lost income from membership fee income, BV is significantly improving the services we provide to our tournament hosts to ensure our events are delivered more consistently and with increased resources. The additional resources that BV will provide include but are not limited to:
• Standardised prospectuses across all sanctioned events
• Increased administration services to hosts in lead up to sanctioned events to ensure all events are delivered consistently from a rules, regulations, and guidelines perspective
• Increased PR & Marketing support
• BV staff at every sanctioned event

I fully appreciate that some of you may still have questions regarding the new Player Levy and I certainly encourage people to reach out and contact me if they would like further clarification as to why we have introduced this new fee. I look forward to seeing you out on the badminton courts whether playing, spectating, supporting, or officiating.

#LetsPlay

Kind Regards,

Tjitte “TJ” Weistra (Executive General Manager, Badminton Victoria)

Office Closure 2021-22 and Happy Holidays from Badminton Victoria!

The Badminton Victoria office is closed during the period of Friday 24th December 2021 to Sunday January 9th Sunday 2022. During this closure, our monitoring hours are reduced and it may take a little longer for us to respond to your messages. The Badminton Victoria office will return to normal hours on Monday 10th January 2022.

For COVID-19 pandemic updates for badminton, visit our webpage: https://www.badmintonvic.com.au/covid-19
For urgent enquiries please email our Executive General Manager, Tjitte (TJ) Weistra.

From the Badminton Victoria Board and Staff, have a wonderful festive season, happy holidays and Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you back on the badminton courts in 2022!

Badminton Victoria and Protech Partnership 2022-2024

Media Release   |   19 November 2021   |   Download PDF

Badminton Victoria (BV) is excited and proud to announce a new three-year partnership with Absolute Protech Sports and Protech Sports Australia starting on 1 January 2022. The partnership agreement is built around the Elite Series Open events and will be renamed the “Protech Elite Series” but will also feature benefits extended to all our member clubs, associations, venues, and academies who will have the opportunity to purchase shuttles at discounted prices.

The three-year agreement is the biggest sponsorship / partnership agreement ever to be signed by BV. Executive General Manager of BV, Tjitte (TJ) Weistra said, “I am beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to work closely with Protech over the next three years for the benefit of our members and participants. This agreement will allow us not only to keep delivering our flagship events but also to increase the value of being a member of BV.”

Protech Sports Australia Managing Director Andrew Dan said, “I am absolutely thrilled that Protech Sports will be part of the Elite Series in Victoria from next year. Our vision has always been to help grow the sport, to support grassroot players and clubs, especially the juniors. Who knows, they might one day become the next star player representing Victoria.”

This new partnership signals the end of a long-standing partnership with Gray-Nicolls Sports (Yonex Australia) who has been very supportive of BV over many years. BV would like to sincerely thank the team at Yonex Australia for their contribution to badminton in Victoria over many years.

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Launch Photos

For media enquiries, please contact:

 

Badminton Victoria Inc.

Tjitte (TJ) Weistra

+61 424 979 415

+61 3 9686 4777

Tjitte.weistra@badmintonvic.com.au

 

or

 

Badminton Victoria Inc.

Olivia Na

+61 3 9686 4777

olivia.na@badmintonvic.com.au

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.

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.