Badminton Association of Western Australia to host 2024 YONEX Australian U15 and U19 National Championships

Badminton Australia is thrilled to announce that the Badminton Association of Western Australia has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2024 YONEX Australian U15/U19 National Championships.

Junior teams from across Australia will compete at Perth’s Kingsway Indoor Stadium in the City of Wanneroo from Tuesday July 9 – Sunday July 14 for the CP Maddern Trophy (U19) and the Val Nesbitt Trophy (U15) before they contend the Individual events.

Badminton Australia CEO Tjitte Weistra expressed his excitement to hold a National Championship event in Western Australia.

“The level of talent and skill across our junior players in Australia ensures that the YONEX Australian U15/U19 National Championships are going to be a highly successful event,” he said.

“We are delighted to partner with BAWA to host the 2024 edition of the tournament as they are a proud badminton state and are passionate about the growth of our sport.

“After the thrilling matches at the 2023 U15/U19 Nationals, we can’t wait to head over to Perth next year to see all the players in action.

“We are very pleased to once again have the support of YONEX who are on board for 2024 as the event’s major sponsor.”

The Badminton Association of WA was formed in 1924 and became affiliated with the then Badminton Association of Australia in 1936.

The organisation built its own badminton-specific headquarters in 1962, the first Australian association to take this step, and the Wembley Centre was officially opened in 1964. This stadium hosted numerous national and international events, until it was sold in 2000.  The Badminton Association of WA then moved to its new headquarters at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium located in the City of Wanneroo.

Badminton Association of Western Australia President Judith Cousins was thrilled the event coincided with BAWA’s 100th anniversary.

“Western Australia has a proud place in the history of badminton, with the sport being played for the first time in 1900 in Fremantle,” she said.

“As we celebrate the 100th year of Badminton WA, this national event will be a highlight.”

BAWA Executive Officer Ghaz Ramli was excited to see a National Championship event return to Western Australia.

“The welcome news that we are the chosen hosts for the prestigious 2024 YONEX Australian U15/U19 National Championship event has been received with great interest and considerable excitement from our cohort of young players and their parents,” he said.

“It will be five years since WA last hosted a national and with a strong background in hosting quality competitions this event will showcase badminton in WA as well as the opportunity for our state to welcome junior players, accompanying officials and families to Perth.

“Badminton is a very popular sport in Western Australia and the state has produced many champions who started their careers at a junior national event, and went on to represent Australia at the International level.”

During the 2023 running of the event in South Australia, New South Wales claimed the prestigious CP Maddern Trophy while Victoria triumphed to lift the Val Nesbitt Trophy after a 6-2 win over Western Australia.

In addition, Western Australian Mimi Ngo won gold in the U15 GS, U15 GD and U15 MD.

2023 Individual Winners:

U15 – BS: Om Neelam (VIC), GS: Mimi Ngo (WA), BD: Om Neelam (VIC)/Aneesh Nirmal (QLD), GD: Tanvi Sai Mushini (VIC)/Mimi Ngo (WA) and XD: Om Neelam (VIC)/Mimi Ngo (WA)

U19: – MS: Asher Ooi (NSW), WS: Isabella Yan (NSW), MD: Jordan Yang/Frederick Zhao (VIC), WD: Dania Nugroho/Catrina Tan (SA), XD: Jordan Yang (VIC)/Sydney Tjonadi (NSW)

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