2021 State Para Badminton Development Squad

Originally published on 26th of March 2021. Last Updated on 5th August 2021

We are excited to have launched our first Badminton Victoria Para Badminton Development Squad recently! Our first session at Altona Badminton Centre – WSBA Inc. went swimmingly, with newly appointed coach Vee-Vian Chong (Westside Badminton) leading the squad in 2021.

Congratulations to our eight (8) athletes on being part of the first Victorian state squad for para badminton in Australia:

  • Kaed Dawber (Ability Para Badminton Club)
  • Luke Missen (Sale & Maffra Badminton Association)
  • Ali Qambar (Ability Para Badminton Club
  • Arnold Razon (Ability Para Badminton Club)
  • Adam Torey-Toth (Ability Para Badminton Club)
  • Duke Trench-Thiedeman (Ability Para Badminton Club)
  • Céline Vinot (Melbourne Smashers Badminton Club)
  • Douglas Youlten (Ability Para Badminton Club)

We would like to thank Ian Bridge of Badminton Australia and Badminton Oceania for supporting the initiative. We look forward to continuing leading high-performance para badminton with the establishment of the squad.

View more photos and videos from their first session here.

Come and Try Para badminton, Wheelchair tennis & Para-table tennis with Paralympics Australia

Try a range of racquet para-sports – including Para badminton.

  • Have fun and have a go

  • Meet new friends

  • Connect with local clubs

Suitable for ages 10+ (participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)


Questions? Contact participation@paralympic.org.au

This event is brought to you by Paralympics Australia, in partnership with Sport Australia, Badminton Australia, Table Tennis Australia and Tennis Australia.

Want to get involved in Para-sport? Register your interest and a member of the Team will be in touch.

Download a Flyer (PDF)

Para Badminton Ambassadors for 2021

We are pleased to welcome our new Para Badminton Ambassadors for Badminton Victoria in 2021: Céline Vinot (Melbourne Smashers) and Duke Trench-Thiedeman (Ability Para Badminton Club).


If you see them around the community, please say hello!

An Inclusive Vision for Badminton Victoria

Badminton Victoria (BV) is proud to launch our new Inclusion Policy and Strategy for People with Disability. We recognise the diverse range of communities who enjoy badminton throughout the state and aim to proactively welcome all people to our sporting community through these evolving governing and planning initiatives.

Inclusion Policy

The new Inclusion Policy encourages greater representation in badminton across our community. It aims to increase participation, especially amongst groups that face additional barriers to play, with a focus on marginalised communities such as but not limited to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

  • People with disability

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse people

  • LGBTQIA+ people

Strategy for People with Disability (PWD Strategy)

The PWD Strategy was developed in consultation with research conducted with Badminton Australia and Badminton Oceania to build a strong grassroots base for people of all abilities to enjoy badminton and support a pathway for para badminton at all skill levels. The PWD Strategy adopts a “fit for purpose” approach, addressing three major factors affecting the player experience:

  • Clubs and Associations

  • Education and Training

  • Competitive Play

Badminton Victoria will continue to encourage fair and equal opportunities in every aspect of badminton – regardless of gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, race, nationality, ethnic background, or disability – who aspire to be a player, coach, administrator, technical official, volunteer or manager. We are looking forward to working with our member clubs, associations, venues, and stakeholders to deliver welcoming and accessible facilities and programmes for all our badminton participants.

The Inclusion Policy and PWD Strategy are now available on the Badminton Victoria website here.

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

Olivia Na

Participation and Inclusion Manager – Badminton Victoria


Phone: 03 9686 4777

LGBTI+Edition of Love All; Play – Talk Series by Badminton Victoria

Watch the recording of the online event here:

About the event:

The LGBTI+ Edition was the first session of the Badminton Victoria Talk Series Love All; Play. During the live event, we talked to guest speakers from LGBTI+ people and allies in our badminton and sporting community. We want to thank everyone who supported the event:

We also hosted a Pop-Up Facebook LIVE chat with one of our speakers, Rudy Rigg leading up to the event which you can watch here:

Guest Speakers

  • Rudy Rigg is a 23-year-old, non-binary transgender person and a previous Badminton Victoria State Player and from a family with a huge history in the sport. Read more

  • Christine Granger, CEO of Proud 2 Play Read more

  • Shuttlecats Badminton Club Inc. is a Melbourne based LGBTQI+ social badminton club. Read more

  • Steph Chung, President of the Shuttlecats Badminton Club Inc. Read more

  • Nicole Castles, President of the Shuttlecats Badminton Club Inc. Read more

  • The Melbourne Smashers is a friendly LGBTQI badminton club based at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). Read more

  • Mark Gristock, Vice President of The Melbourne Smashers Read more

  • Sang Thai, Diversity Officer of The Melbourne Smashers Read more

Supported by Sport and Recreation Victoria, Vicsport, Proud 2 Play, the Shuttlecats Badminton Club and Melbourne Smashers Badminton Club


Introducing Love All; Play – Talk Series by Badminton Victoria

Save the date for the debut of the Badminton Victoria Talk Series, Love All; Play – debuting on Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

Join us in this new LIVE and interactive event where we have inspired and open conversations with people of our local and diverse badminton community.

The LGBTI+ Edition is the first session of the Badminton Victoria Talk Series Love All; Play. During the live event, we will hear from and have our questions answered by guest speakers from LGBTI+ people and allies in our badminton and sporting community.