Volunteer for the Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022

The Oceania Para Badminton Championships are running during 29 – 31 July 2022 at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC)!

Join the volunteer event team for days before and during the event: 27-31 July. Sign-up with your interest and availability here: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/badmintonvic/surveys/3352/

Photo of a man and two women posing with a photo frame for #iambadminton anti-doping campaignThe volunteer roles available are:

  • Mobility Van Drivers
  • Venue Bump-In / Bump Out / Practice Courts Supervisor / Presentation Ceremony Assistant
  • Line Judges
  • Player Marshalling
  • Shuttle Control / Court Steward
  • Live Stream Data Entry Assistants
  • Match Control / Announcer
  • Live Stream Commentators
  • Photographer

Sign-up with your interest and availability here: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/badmintonvic/surveys/3352/

2022 Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational, 2-3 July in Bendigo.

Download Press Release (PDF)

Download BV Girls Invitational Flyer (PDF)

Download Shuttle Smash taster Flyer (PDF)

Download Let’s Play Women’s Badminton Flyer (PDF)

Players ready? Inaugural Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational and more to hit up Bendigo!

We invite women, girls and families with children to join us for the inaugural Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational and a mix of fun and social badminton events in Bendigo over the weekend of 2-3 July 2022! Hosted by Badminton Victoria, the exciting weekend celebrates women’s and girls’ participation in sport.

Dubbed the fastest racquet sport in the world, badminton is a fun, dynamic and exciting activity for improving physical and mental health. Bendigo residents and visitors can enjoy all the badminton festivities on offer at Eaglehawk Badminton stadium, the home of Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association. Whether it’s a friendly competition, a casual trial, or a way to keep muscles warm, badminton activities are on offer for any level of experience.

Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational – 2-3 July

To celebrate competitive girls’ sport, the inaugural Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational welcomes females under 19 years old to test their skills in a fun and friendly competition. Supported by the City of Greater Bendigo and Sports Marketing Australia, competitors will experience singles and doubles games with players of a similar age and experience level. Teams of two players can now be entered in Open and Beginner Divisions for age groups Under 19, Under 15 and Under 13.

Shuttle Smash (taster) – 3 July

Badminton Victoria is hosting a taster session of the Badminton Australia Shuttle Smash initiative, an exciting new physical literacy and movement program for children aged 5 to 12 years old. The Shuttle Smash taster session is free and open to children of all genders, with limited spots available for Junior Smashers (5-8 years old) and Shuttle Smashers (9-12 years old) groups.

Let’s Play Women’s Badminton! – 3 July

There is also a free come-and-try session for women, as part of the Badminton Victoria Let’s Play Women’s Badminton! project. Supported by Change Our Game and the Office for Women in Sport, the project creates opportunities to include women and promote gender equality in sport and recreation.

Saturday Family Fun Day – 2 July

The Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association will also host their weekly Saturday Family Fun Day and is open to all ages, genders and abilities as part of the festivities of the weekend.

For any competitor, casual player or curious person, there are an array of badminton activities on offer during the Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational. Badminton Victoria Participation, Inclusion and Communications Manager, Olivia Na shares, “Badminton Victoria is thrilled to be celebrating women and girls in badminton with the support of the City of Greater Bendigo, Sports Marketing Australia, Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association and the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation.”

“Women and girls representation is important in all levels of play, and that is what Badminton Victoria wants to showcase with the Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational, Let’s Play Women’s Badminton! and Shuttle Smash initiatives.”

Moreover, there are exclusive attractions to see in Bendigo including the Djarra Lights, GLOW: Bendigo after dark and Elvis: Direct from Graceland Exhibition.

For more information about the local sites, attractions and accommodation options in Bendigo, visit https://www.bendigoregion.com.au/

Registration forms for all badminton activities in Bendigo during 2-3 July:

Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/badmintonvic/events/143375/

Saturday Family Fun Day with Bendigo and Eaglehawk Badminton Association: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/bendigoeaglehawk/events/

Shuttle Smash Program (Taster): https://www.revolutionise.com.au/badmintonvic/events/145795/

Let’s Play Women’s Badminton – Come and Try: https://www.revolutionise.com.au/badmintonvic/events/144054/

schedule:
SATURDAY

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational Participation Programs
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Under 15 and Under 19 Events
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Under 15 and Under 19 Events and Presentation
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM BEDBA Saturday Family Fun Day
After 5:00 PM Local attractions in the Bendigo and Heathcote region:

·         Djaara Lights – free night event

·         GLOW: Bendigo after dark – ticketed night event

·         Elvis: Direct from Graceland Exhibition

SUNDAY

10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Badminton Victoria Girls Invitational Participation Programs
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Shuttle Smash – Taster
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Under 13 Events
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Under 13 Events and Presentations Let’s Play Women’s Badminton – Come and Try

Introducing the 2022 Australian Masters Championships – National Titles

Save the date! Join us for the first individual National Titles event for Badminton Masters and Veterans in Australia!

2022 Australian Masters Championships

  • Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October
  • Hosted by Badminton Victoria at Ken Kay Stadium (Ballarat Badminton Association, Dowling Street, WENDOUREE VIC 3355)

Download Poster (PDF)

Prospectus and tournament entry information coming soon.

VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022 – Entries Open Now!

Do you want to test your skills on the badminton court and meet new friends from across the Oceania continental region?

Sign up for the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships in at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, 29-31 July 2022.

If you are new to international badminton competitions, you can also get formally classified for Para Badminton on Thursday 28 July.

Please download the Tournament Prospectus (PDF) before submitting your entry online here. Entry for Australian Players close on Tuesday night, 27 June 2022.

Not interested in competing?

If competing isn’t for you, we invite you to be part of the event by volunteering or watching all the matches at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre or online at the Badminton Oceania YouTube Channel! Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering here.

More Victorians selected for the 2022 Badminton Australia Falcons Programs – Seniors and Para

Since the first intake of Badminton Australia Falcons in January 2022, more Victorians have been selected for the national senior and para programs!

2022 FALCONS SENIOR PROGRAM

In April 2022, Badminton Australia announced additional players who were automatically selected to the Falcons program based on their finishing places at the 2022 Yonex Australian National Championships. The players selected for the 2022 Falcons program during this second intake included Victorians:

  • Joyce Choong (2G Sports)
  • Jacob Schueler (Ocean Grove Badminton Club)

In the final intake of the 2022 Falcons Senior Program, one more Victorian solidified his spot in after performances at the 2022 VICTOR Oceania Championships in late April to early May:

  • Nathan Tang (Glen Waverley Badminton Club)

The inclusion of the additional athletes was significant to the consideration of these athletes in teams for the 2022 TotalEnergies Badminton World Federation Uber Cup Finals and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

2022 FALCONS PARA PROGRAM

Also announced in April 2022 was the first group of Para athletes selected for the inaugural Para Falcons Program in 2022, which included Victorians:

  • Céline Vinot (Melbourne Smashers Badminton Club)
  • Bree Mellberg (Ability Para Badminton Club (Western Suburbs Badminton Association))
  • Luke Missen (Sale and Maffra Badminton Association)

The inaugural program follows Céline and Luke having been recognised as Para Falcons in 2021. A highlight of progress for our para athletes includes an outstanding performance by Céline who recently winning bronze in the SL 3 Women’s Singles at the 4th Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International 2022.

While only picking up para badminton in 2022, newcomer Bree is no stranger to competitive sport, having competed in Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympic Games and was an elite junior diver.

The second group of athletes will be considered for selection to the 2022 Falcons Para program after the 2022 Oceania Para Championships to be held during 28-30 July, Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Congratulations to these players selected to the Para Falcons for 2022!

Click here for more on Para Badminton in Australia.

 

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.

State Teams announced for the 2022 Under 19 and Under 15 National Championships

We are pleased to announce our Badminton Victoria Senior State Teams who are confirmed to be competing at the Badminton Australia CP Maddern Trophy (Under 19) and Val Nesbit Trophy (Under 15 National Championships, 5-10th July 2022.

These teams are the first junior state teams derived from the Badminton Victoria Performance Programs that started in 2021. Thank you to our Badminton Victoria Performance Committee for being part of the initiative so far.

Congratulations to our talented Victorian representatives and all the best for the team and individual events at the Australian National Championships and Ede Clendinnen Shield! And a big thank you to our State Team Coaches and Managers who will be a great support for the athletes on and off the badminton court.

For more information about our Badminton Victoria State Teams and Squads, tap here.

Under 19 Team 1 – Victoria Rebels

Shrey DHAND (Play Badminton)
Sydney GO (HP Badminton)
Kayson GOH (Pro Badminton Academy)
Jazmine LAM (Pro Badminton Academy)
Bethany Li (Glen Waverley Badminton Club)
Yee-Yuan LIM (Infinity Badminton Academy)
Jordan YANG (Western Suburbs Badminton Association / Pro Badminton Academy)
Yuelin ZHANG (Pro Badminton Academy)
Frederick ZHAO (Pro Badminton Academy)
Otto ZHAO (2G Sports)

Coach: Vee-Vian CHONG
Manager: TBC
Umpire: Ru-Wen CLARNETTE

Reserve Players:
Raphael LYDRA (HP Badminton)
Eva ZHANG (Infinity Badminton Academy)

Under 15 Team 1 – Victoria Rebels

Smrithi ADEPU (Western Suburbs Badminton Association)
Mike GAO (Pro Badminton Academy)
Christopher GO (HP Badminton)
Jasmine JAP (Strive Badminton Academy)
Jayden LIM (Pro Badminton Academy)
Reikken LYDRA (HP Badminton)
Caleb TEO (Strive Badminton Academy)
Kaitlin RODRIGUES (Strive Badminton Academy)
Elin VERCRUYSSE (Infinity Badminton Academy)
Hanna ZHANG (HP Badminton)
Coach: Nick ONG
Manager: TBC
Umpire: Kathryn BLENCOWE

Under 15 Team 2 – Victoria Demons

Alphonsa BIJOMON (Strive Badminton Academy)
Owen LIM (Infinity Badminton Academy)
Shih-Yuan LIM (Infinity Badminton Academy)
Jowdy MOH (Infinity Badminton Academy)
Sai Tanvi MUSHINI (Pro Badminton Academy)
Siyona SHAH (Pro Badminton Academy)
Cayven TEO (Strive Badminton Academy)
Nicholas UNG (Pro Badminton Academy)
Ava WONG (Westside Badminton)
Jamie ZHU (Pro Badminton Academy)
Coach: Tracey Ritchie
Manager: TBC
Umpire: Richard Wong

Reserve Players:
Jason GAO (Pro Badminton Academy)
Alana LIM (Pro Badminton Academy)

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.

Victorians take the world stage at the BWF Uber Cup Finals 2022

After a mighty few days of competition at the VICTOR Oceania Championships, selected Australian Falcons women flew to Bangkok, Thailand to compete at the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2022 – the Badminton World Federation women’s team championships.

From the team of 9 players, 5 women were from our Victorian community:

  • Joyce CHOONG (2G Sports)
  • Kaitlyn EA (Infinity Badminton Association)
  • Sydney GO (HP Badminton)
  • Louisa MA (Badminton Academy of Victoria Australia)
  • Gronya SOMERVILLE (Play Badminton)

Also named as part of the Coaching team were Victorians Stuart Brehaut and Jeff Tho!

The team had a tough road ahead of them, with a tough round robin box of teams from China, Chinese Taipei and Spain. In the end, the Australians conceded defeat and finished the Uber Cup Finals in 13/16th place.

Congratulations on the amazing effort from our Aussie and Victorian women!

Full Results

Victorians win Individual Titles at 2022 YONEX Australian National Championships

Congratulations to all the Victorians who competed for individual titles at the 2022 YONEX Australian National Championships! We are pleased to announce some amazing results from our Victorian representatives winning 3 of the 5 disciplines plus appearances in finals and semi-finals:

 

Men’s Singles

1 –  Jacob Schueler (Ocean Grove Badminton Club) [3/4]

3/4 – Nathan Tang (Glen Waverley Badminton Club) [5/8]

Women’s Doubles

1 – Kaitlyn Ea (Infinity Badminton Association) / Gronya Somerville (Play Badminton) [1]

2 – Joyce Choong (2G Sports) / Sylvinna Kurniawan (NSW) [2]

Mixed Doubles

1 – Kenneth Choo (Glen Waverley Badminton Club) / Gronya Somerville (Play Badminton) [1]

3/4 – Rayne Wang (Melbourne University Badminton Club) / Lee-Yen Khoo (Melbourne University Badminton Club)

3/4 – Ashwant Gobinathan (Ballarat Badminton Association) / Kaitlyn Ea (Infinitey Badminton Association) [5/8]

Women’s Singles

3/4 – Kaitlyn Ea (Infinity Badminton Association) [3/4]

3/4 – Louisa Ma (Badminton Academy of Victoria Club) [3/4]

Men’s Doubles

2 – Kenneth Choo (Glen Waverley Badminton Club) / Ming Chuen Lim (Glen Waverley Badminton Club) [1]

Another honour was presented to our Victorian Louisa Ma (Badminton Academy of Victoria Club) who co-received the Cliff Cutt Memorial Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the player of a State/Territory team who exhibits the highest standards of sportsmanship, personality, court demeanour, playing ability and appearance throughout the Ede Clendinnen Shield and Australian National Championships.

Congratulations to our Victorian representatives on their individual results. Full results are available on Tournament Software online here.