Australia in action at the HULIC DAIHATSU BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2022

A number of Australian team members have taken to the court in a fantastic display of skill and effort at the HULIC DAIHATSU BWF Para Badminton World Championships 2022.

Selected athletes included Qambar Ali Akhteyari (VIC), Lochan Cowper (WA), Caitlin Dransfield (WA), Amonrat Jamporn (NSW), Grant Manzoney (WA), Luke Missen (VIC), Fiona Sing (QLD), Duke Trench-Thiedeman (VIC), and Celine Vinot (VIC), with all playing a variety of different events and combinations.

After adjusting to the Tokyo weather, food, and time difference, the team began their campaign on the practice courts, soaking in the environment, checking the drift and getting used to competition conditions.

Commencing the competition in the Men’s Singles SH 6, Missen took on competitors in Group G, while in the Men’s Singles MS-WH 1, both Cowper and Trench-Thiedeman fielded their own opponents.

Despite some close matches and very tight competition, all were knocked out of the competition following the pool round of events.

In the Men’s Singles MS – WH 2 competition, Manzoney also finished his competition after the pool round of competition while teammate Akhteyari progressed through to the round of 16.

Meanwhile the Women’s Singles competition saw Dransfield, and Sing finish their competition after their pool rounds in the WS – SL4 and WS – WH 1 competitions respectively.

In the Women’s Singles WS – SL 3 competition, fierce contests saw Vinot progress to the quarterfinals before being knocked out of competition, while Jamporn lost in the first round of competition.

The various doubles competitions saw a range of results for the team, as they continued to put forth a showcase of determination and grit on the court.

The Men’s Doubles pair of Manzoney and Trench-Thiedeman fell in the pool round of MX – WH I – WH 2, as did Dransfield in the WD – SL 3 – SL 5, who joined forces with England’s Emma Stoner.

However, Jamporn, who teamed up with Italy’s Rosa De Marco progressed through to the quarterfinals, where they ultimately lost to the French pair of Morin and Noel.

A fantastic effort by all involved, congratulations to all players, coaches, and staff on an incredible campaign.