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!

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.

Badminton Victoria Performance Committee

First posted 30th March 2021. Updated 7th June 2021.

Selection of players for Badminton Victoria (BV) State Squads and Teams will now be the responsibility of the new Badminton Victoria Performance Committee (BVPC). This committee is made up of the Junior and Senior State Squad coaches, Para Badminton Development Squad coach, and two other highly-qualified personnel:

  • Vee-Vian Chong – BV Performance Coach (Senior State Squad, Para Badminton Development Squad)
  • Ross Smith – BV Junior U17/19 State Squad Coach
  • Matthew Chau – BV Junior U13/15 State Squad Coach
  • Gillian Patmore – Former BV Junior Committee member and Junior Selector
  • Mei Wan – Former BV Junior Committee member
  • Tjitte “TJ” Weistra – BV Executive General Manager (Chair)

The establishment of the BVPC will also mean the discontinuation of the BV Junior Committee, and the Junior and Senior Selectors groups. We thank all of the volunteers who have been part of these groups and playing key roles in assembling our high-performing State Teams over the years.

We look forward to working with the BVPC to continue developing our high-performing athletes of the future and work within the Badminton Australia High-Performance Pathways.

Update 7th June 2021: Jeff Tho has stepped down from the Badminton Victoria Performance Committee upon his resignation as the Senior State Squad Coach.