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.