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.

VICs hit the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games!

The Australian Falcons have landed in Tokyo and guess which Victorians are there?

Gronya Somerville

After launching the Australian Olympic Team uniform in May, Gronya Somerville (Play Badminton) will finally make her Olympic debut in the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles disciplines this month. More about her #RaceToTokyo can be read on the Badminton Oceania website here.

Stuart Brehaut

Supporting and coaching the Australian Badminton Team is fellow Victorian and 2004 Olympian Stuart Brehaut! Growing up in regional Victoria and playing with the local Ballarat Badminton Association, Stuart has played a key role in the sport since his transition from athlete to coach. Stuart is currently the National Senior Head Coach with Badminton Australia and will be an experienced mentor for the Aussie athletes at the Games.

Hei Meng “Richard” Wong

Richard Wong is one of our standout technical officials in Victoria and he is set to Line Judge at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He currently serves as President of the Badminton Victoria Court Officials Committee and is a member of Central Badminton Association.

Ravi Nandan

Ravi Nandan is an up and rising superstar technical official in Victoria. He is set to Line Judge at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He currently volunteers with the Badminton Victoria Court Officials Committee and a member of Badminton Connect.

The draw for Gronya’s matches are here:

The schedule for all the matches can be found on the Olympics website here.

Learn more about the Badminton Australia Falcons competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on the Badminton Australia website here or on the Australian Olympic Committee here.

If you want to support the Australian Badminton Falcons you can sign up for a supporter pack here and celebrate with us!

Olympic Dreaming with Sawan Serasinghe

Rio 2016 Olympian Sawan Serasinghe (Glen Waverley Badminton Club) joined our Junior State Team and Development Camp players for an up-close and personal conversation (virtually) last weekend.

Sawan shared his personal memories and experiences from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, accompanied by photos and videos from Rio and his travels along the way. He also answered questions about the uniforms and gear that Olympians receive, living at the Olympic Village, playing against one of his idols, Lee Yong-dae and of course his photo of his post-match McDonald’s meal that went viral online around the world.

Aside from the fun and unique experiences at the Olympic Games, Sawan highlighted the importance of being mentally fit, aware of yourself, having a good support network in and outside of the badminton life and tips on how as a young player you can plan out short- and long- term goals.

Also in attendance was Sawan’s fellow training comrade and State Team player Nathan Tang (Glen Waverley Badminton Club). Nathan shared advice from the perspective of competing in the Singles discipline. Nathan himself has also spent time competing on the international circuit in previous years.

Thank you to Sawan and Nathan for these special insights, and President Rochelle Liyanage, and the Junior Committee for organising this awesome opportunity for our rising stars.