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)

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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 the spotlight of the 2022 VICTOR Oceania Championships

What an amazing event the 2022 VICTOR Oceania Championships was in recently at Melbourne Sports Centres! We’re very proud of our Victorian players that featured in the Finals of each discipline, representing Australia in some amazing matches.

A big congratulations to Oceania Champions from Victoria:

🥇🥇 Mixed Doubles: Kenneth Choo (2G Sports) and Gronya Somerville (Play Badminton)

🥇 Women’s Doubles: Joyce Choong (2G Sports) and Sylvina Kurniawan (NBC Australia, NSW).

Full results

We also want to thank all our Victorian technical officials and volunteers for contributing their time and effort, and making the event a success!

All the photos from the 2022 VICTOR Oceania Championships

Badminton Oceania was delighted to be able to deliver the Open Individual tournament at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre. For the first time ever, this edition of the Continental Championships will be awarding prize money to the winners and runners up. Find out more about the 2022 VICTOR Oceania Championships here.

Up next… the 2022 VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships return to Melbourne!

In 2022, we will also welcome back the 2022 VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships to Victoria during 29-31 July 2022 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre.

The Tournament Prospectus for prospective competitors can be found on the Badminton Oceania website now: https://badmintonoceania.org/victor-oceania-para-badminton-championships-2022/

Keep your eyes peeled for more information on getting involved as a competitor, technical official or volunteer…

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

Oceania Individual and Para Badminton Championships return to Melbourne in 2022

VICTOR Oceania Championships, Welcome back to the sporting capital of Australia!

VICTOR Oceania Championships (Open Individual events) taking place from 28 April – 1 May 2022

Despite the cancellation of the Open Men’s and Women’s Team Continental Championships, and the Junior Open and Mixed Team Championships (due to COVID-19), Badminton Oceania is delighted to be able to deliver the Open Individual tournament at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre. For the first time ever, this edition of the Continental Championships will be awarding prize money to the winners and runners up. Find out more here.

Volunteers wanted! – Be part of the action and support the event through a variety of roles. Sign up here.

VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships also set for return

Badminton Victoria will double up on Continental Championships as the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships will also return in 2022, slotting into the tournament calendar from 29-31 July 2022, also at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre. Read more here.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information in getting involved as a competitor, technical official or volunteer…

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.

Victoria Smashers 9-year reign of National Titles at Ede Clendinnen Shield comes to an end

Today marks a very special milestone for our Victorian badminton community.

Firstly, congratulations to our Victoria Strikers senior state team on winning the Division 2 competition of the 2022 Ede Clendinnen Shield (Team event of the YONEX Australian National Championships).

And finally, our senior state team, the Victoria Smashers, has done very well to reach the Division 1 finals against tough opponents, Queensland. However, after a fight to the last point, the Victoria Smashers had their reign of national titles come to a close, being defeated 2-3. Congratulations Queensland on winning their first National title at the Ede Clendinnen Shield ever! And congratulations to our 2022 Victoria Smashers on the great effort to defend the title.

While defeated this time around, we wish to acknowledge all the players who contributed to the previous 9 consecutive Championship Titles for Victoria at the Ede Clendinnen Shield! Thanks to all the Victoria Smashers players of past and present who have helped us achieve the momentous result over the 9-year reign:

  1. Gobinathan, Ashwant (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  2. Ma, Louisa (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  3. Slee, Ann-Louise (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019)
  4. Hanratty, Grace (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  5. Findlay, Joel (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  6. Lai, Joy (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  7. Somerville, Gronya (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)
  8. Chong, Luke (2012, 2013, 2014, 2020)
  9. Chau, Matthew (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  10. Azam, Rizwan (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  11. Mak, Vinning (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  12. Jiang, Yingzi Jenny (2018, 2019, 2020)
  13. Schueler, Jacob (2018, 2019, 2020)
  14. Yan, Peter (2018, 2019, 2020)
  15. Vuong, Eric (2015, 2018, 2019)
  16. Wu, Alice (2014, 2015, 2016)
  17. Oon, Nelson (2012, 2013, 2014)
  18. Choo, Kenneth (2018, 2019)
  19. Thomas, Tom (2016, 2018)
  20. Serasinghe, Sawan (2016, 2017)
  21. Chang, Anthony (2012, 2014)
  22. Sharp, Natasha (2012, 2013)
  23. Ea, Kaitlyn (2020)
  24. Khoo, Lee-Yen (2020)
  25. Lim, Ming Chuen (2020)
  26. Tang, Nathan (2020)
  27. Guo, Susan (2018)
  28. Lim, Lauren (2018)
  29. Shu, Jiali (2018)
  30. Serasinghe, Ruwindi (2017)
  31. Tho, Jeffrey (2017)
  32. Middleton, Robin (2016)
  33. Rueslie, Thomas (2015)
  34. Archibald, Fiona (2014)
  35. Luk, Edwin (2014)
  36. Berry, Tegan (2013)
  37. Booley, Craig (2013)
  38. Chew, Hu Wen (2012)
  39. Chong, Vee Vian (2012)
  40. David, Nathan (2012)
  41. Lee, Joo Yiet (2012)
  42. Pham, Van (2012)
  43. Pilven, Tara (2012)

For the full list of Victoria Smasher Championship Teams of our 9-year reign at Ede Clendinnen Shield events, see below:

Senior State Teams announced for the 2022 Ede Clendinnen Shield, Australian National Championships

We are pleased to announce our Badminton Victoria Senior State Teams who are confirmed to be competing at the Badminton Australia Ede Clendinnen Shield and Australian National Championships in Bendigo, 10-15th April 2022. After a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Victoria Smashers will be vying for a tenth consecutive National Championship this year.

These state teams are also the first ones 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.

Team 1 – Victoria Smashers

Kenneth CHOO (Glen Waverley Badminton Club)
Joyce CHOONG (2G Sports Badminton)
Kaitlyn EA (Infinity Badminton Association)
Ashwant GOBINATHAN (Ballarat Badminton Association)
Lee-Yen KHOO (Melbourne University Badminton Club)
Ming Chuen LIM (Glen Waverley Badminton Club)
Louisa MA (Badminton Academy of Victoria)
Athi SELLADURAI (Infinity Badminton Association)
Gronya SOMERVILLE (Play Badminton)
Jacob SCHUELER (Ocean Grove Badminton Club)

Coach: Vee-Vian CHONG (Westwide Badminton) / Nathan TANG (Glen Waverley Badminton Club)
Manager: Peter BROWN (Ocean Grove Badminton Club)

Team 2 – Victoria Strikers

Sydney GO (HP Badminton)
Kayson GOH (Pro Badminton Academy)
Jazmine LAM (Pro Badminton Academy)
Yee-Yuan LIM (Infinity Badminton Association)
Thomas NG (Western Suburbs Badminton Association)
Maika PHILLIPS (Play Badminton)
Rayne WANG (Melbourne University Badminton Club)
Yuelin ZHANG (Pro Badminton Academy)
Otto ZHAO (2G Sports)

Coach: Ross SMITH (Play Badminton)
Manager: Rochelle LIYANAGE (Badminton Connect)