Image: Dania Nugroho and Catrina Tan representing South Australia at the 2023 YONEX U19 CP Maddern Trophy. Photo by Scott Goh Photography
The next generation of Badminton Australia Falcons have been selected to represent the country later this year at the BWF World Junior Championships.
The 10-strong squad will head to Spokane, USA from September 25 to October 8 and compete against the best fellow junior players from around the world.
The World Junior Championships Team has been chosen in line with Badminton Australia’s Athlete Selection Policy.
Sydney Tjonadi (Roketto/KBC – NSW), Jazmine Lam (PBA – VIC), Isabella Yan (NBC – NSW), Dania Nugroho (SPOC – SA), Catrina Tan (Sturt – SA), Shrey Dhand (Play Badminton – VIC), Jie Ying Chan (Alpha Badminton – NSW), Frederick Zhao (PBA – VIC), Asher Ooi (Sydney Jets – NSW) and Jordan Yang (WSBA – VIC).
The team will be led by Vountus Indra (Badminton Australia National Assistant Head Coach and Badminton Victoria Head Coach) and Panuga Riou (NBC Senior Coach).
Badminton Australia Chief Executive Officer Tjitte Weistra said the team showcased the best up and coming talent the country has to offer.
“We are extremely excited to see these players in action in Spokane,” Weistra said.
“We know all the athletes will embrace this challenge and will make the most of the opportunity to compete on the international stage at the BWF Junior World Championships.
“Tournaments such as this will enhance the future of their careers on the badminton court.
“Best of luck and congratulations to all of the players and thank you to all the parents, coaches, clubs and states who have all provided an incredible support network to assist with their development.”
Badminton Australia National Development Manager Renuga Veeran congratulated all team members on their selection.
“The selection process for the 2023 World Junior Championships involved a dedicated group of Badminton Australia Selectors,” Veeran said.
“A group of five boys and five girls were selected based on their current performances and results from national events.
“We would like to congratulate all players, coaches, and support groups that have made their selection possible.
“I am so excited to see them in action at Spokane, Washington (USA) in September while representing Australia at a world class junior event.”
The format will see countries compete in a Team Championship for the Suhandinata Cup from September 25-30, before the players take part in the Junior Championships for the Eye Level Cups from October 2-8.
The BWF World Junior Championships were first held in 1992 and have featured several of the sport’s best including Viktor Axelsen and Akane Yamaguchi.
Click here to read the full 2023 Falcons Selection Announcement