For the first time ever the Para Badminton Championships were run alongside the Teams events and it proved a winning formula for event organisers. Although mixed results for our Aussie players, all were in agreeance that the tournament was a great success and a great way to showcase the rapid development of the Oceanic region’s Para Badminton skill!
An all Aussie affair in the WH1 with young gun Lochan Cowper taking on Richard John Davis who upset the number one seed Duke Trench-Thiedeman earlier in the semi-finals. The match was Lochan’s with a comprehensive win 21-14, 21-10.
In the WH2 a second all Australian final saw Grant Manzoney maintain his title from 2019 defeating Qambar Ali Akhteyari, affectionately known as ‘Ali’, 21-10, 21-7.
Luke Missen was able to defend his title in the SH6 classification, defeating newcomer David Joe Kaniku. Luke and 15-year-old playing partner Anjelina Melki were able to dispatch of the PNG pair in the double’s exhibition match, leaving Missen with two gold medals to his name for the 2020 Championships.
Other performances from our Australia Para Badminton payers included Para Badminton royalty Rod Rantall pairing up with up and coming star Celine Vinot. Unfortunately, the NZ pair of Corrie Robinson and Carrie Wilson were too strong taking the final 21-10, 21-19.
A great two days of competition for Oceania’s Para players and no doubt a great experience for everyone involved.
You can see the full results on Tournament Software here!
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