World Championships and Para-Badminton World Championship Competitors
For the first time ever both Badminton World Championships and Para-
Badminton World Championships will be held in the same location at the same time this year. The setting is Basel, Switzerland, where the borders of France, Germany and Switzerland meet, and home to a rich cultural scene. The tournament will be held at the St Jakobshalle venue that can seat up to 9,000 spectators.
For the tournament Australia will be sending 11 athletes, six able body players and five para players. The players are as follows; Daniel Fan (MS), Wendy Chen (WS), Simon Leung (MD, XD), Mitchell Wheller (MD), Gronya Somerville (WD, XD) and Setyana Mapasa (WD). Our Para-Badminton players will be; Caitlin Dransfield, Celine Vinot, Duke Trench-Thiedman, Luke Missen and Grant Manzoney.
No doubt the world championships is one tournament that players will be eagerly preparing for, and one that will be firmly in their competition rosters as a milestone tournament. Players have had from the 29th of April 2019 to gain valuable points to boost their rankings ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic games next year in Tokyo. The qualifying period is open for an entire year and was a significant influence on the high-profile players attending the CROWN GROUP Australian Badminton Open earlier last month (June 2019).
Sudirman Cup & Arafura Games Recap
Only two weeks before the CROWN GROUP Australian Open 9 of the best
players in Australia made their way to Nanning, China, to compete in the 16th Sudirman Cup. The team that was sent over consisted of; Ashwant Gobinathan, Tiffany Ho, Simon Leung, Louisa Ma, Setyana Mapasa, Jacob Schueler, Sawan Serasinghe, Gronya Somerville and Eric Vuong.
Australia took on our closest rivals first in New Zealand, the Aussie team was able to take the win with four wins and one loss. It was a tighter battle against the Nepalese team taking it to a final game to decide the win, 3-2 in Australia’s favour. Our final match was against the Irish team and it was a tight contest all the way through, the XD and MS went the way of the Irish, WS and WD went to the Aussies and the final MD game going the way of the Irish. The final match for the Australian team was against Switzerland which an almost identical finish to the group stages, Switzerland wining 3-2.
Our open team had a great time at the Sudirman cup, our Junior squad made their way to the Arafura Games held in Darwin and had a challenging but rewarding experience. The BA Juniors saw two defeats but ‘dug deep to display true fighting spirit to defeat a strong Malaysian college team’. Stu Rowlands, the current National Junior coach, also believes that the experience of the tournament has benefits for the team, specifically instilling the importance of ‘playing for Australia’ to ingrain that sense of Australian pride which endures in many of our high-level sport stars.
Coaches Fill Up Courses!
The first six month of 2019 saw a slow start in respect to coaching education
programs with little activity within the first three months of the year. However, some challenges prevented these programs being organised and it was clear that the demand was building up by the numbers that have recently completed the subsequent courses.
NSW and Victoria have been able to run a BWF level 1 course, both courses were fully booked out (NSW 16 participants and Vic 16 participants), in fact NSW was oversubscribed with applications which is fantastic. In addition to the BWF level 1 courses, four Shuttle Time Teacher courses have been run across three states (NT, SA and VIC) since March. In total 22 people can now deliver Shuttle Time to kids, great news to see the continued growth in the workforce! A number of courses are yet to commence across the rest of 2019, Tasmania, Western Australia and the ACT are all planned to complete at least one. For reference, last year Australia trained up 120 Shuttle Time teachers, our counterparts in New Zealand managed to edge us out at 125.
One big opportunity that exists within the Australian Shuttle Time landscape is the lack of Trainers, these are the individuals who train Shuttle Time Tutors, who in turn train all of our Shuttle Time Teachers. The distinctions can be confusing so check out the diagram below for a visual. There are only 3 Trainers within Australia and Badminton Australia is working with Badminton Oceania and the BWF to improve this number. If you’re reading this thinking there is someone who might fit the bill to become a trainer, keep an eye out for further details on a course date!
Women’s Doubles Pair Take the Win In Canada!
Our leading Women’s double pairing of Gronya Somerville and Setyana
Mapasa managed to take first place at the 2019 YONEX Canada Open. The pair had their longest match in the opening match of the round of 32 against Chinese pair Kang Yue and Xie Zhi Ting. A match of three games they lost the first (21- 23) but took the second and third, 21-11 and 21-16 respectively. From then on they worked over two more teams in two games, first a pair from Chinese Taipei, a second Chinese pair and a walk over of a Canadian pair. They met up against the South Korean pair of Chang Ye Na and Kim Hye Rin in the final, convincingly taking them down in two games 21-16 and 21-14. A great win for Gronya and Setyana to build their confidence, in a long social media post Gronya thanked the team for their support and the loyal fans who’ve supported them all the way. A great result for them and great to see the success coming out of Australia in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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