Pride in Sport Survey

Pride in Sport is Australia’s not-for-profit support program for the inclusion of people of diverse sexuality and gender within sport. Badminton Australia are part of the Pride In Sport collective, a variety of sports that are committed to initiatives that promote greater inclusion of people of diverse sexuality and/or gender, in line with the Badminton Australia Inclusion Policy.

You are invited to complete the PSI National Survey and share it with your badminton club, staff, employees, volunteers, athletes and other participants to complete. It is an opportunity to receive unique insights into the attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ people within the sport of badminton. Combined with results from sporting groups nation-wide, participation also provides valuable data to enhance our LGBTQ inclusion strategy.

Survey link: https://survey.websurveycreator.com/s/2024_PSI?org-name=BadmintonAustralia

Para Badminton Classification

Para Badminton Classification


Prior to the Oceania Championships in Mandurah, we three Australian’s, along with our Badminton Australia GM Participation & Para, Clare Walker, attended the BWF Level 1 classification training with support from Badminton Oceania. They took part in a theory session, followed by practical and on court sessions during the tournament. A great learning experience for David Zhao (VIC), Abbie Rothery (VIC) and Justin Yu (NSW).

Regular tournament physiotherapist and para badminton classifier, Pinakin Godse, is off to Dubai with the support of Badminton Oceania and Badminton Australia to complete BWF Level 2 Classifier Training, the highest level of training internationally.

Pinakin will be part of a team of people creating a National Level classifier curriculum which will be delivered prior to the Para Badminton Nationals which take place in Altona, VIC 3-5 May 2024. For more information about Para Badminton Classification please visit www.badminton.org.au/para/

ATHLETES & SPORTS TO REAP REWARDS OF $4.8 million Green2Gold2Great investment

Australia’s athletes and the sports they represent are set to benefit from a $4.8 million injection by Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA).

The initial allocation of Green2Gold2Great investment in the lead up to the 2026 Commonwealth Games contributes to ensuring that our green and gold charges will be ready to put their best foot forward on the global stage.

Each of the 22 sports included on what was the Victoria 2026 sport programme will benefit, enabling the delivery of 37 performance initiatives geared toward 2026 success.

One such initiative is the Lanning v Perry Series of Cricket Australia, bringing together Australia’s best women’s under-19 aged cricketers for a series of T20 matches and workshops.

The experience was hosted in Brisbane late last month and forms part of the development pathway for the Australian women’s cricket team and selection to the Commonwealth Games.

“Green2Gold2Great funding is critical for us being able to run the Lanning v Perry series, and other experiences in our pathway. It helps to develop the next rung of players that could compete at the Commonwealth Games,” Shelley Nitschke, Australian women’s head coach, said.

“The Commonwealth Games are a big thing for Australia and to play cricket there would be a great opportunity. I’d welcome the chance to play at such a high level,” Amy Smith, Lanning v Perry Series participant, said.

A commitment of $13 million across the quadrennium to 2026, Green2Gold2Great is an investment in CGA’s aim of being the number one nation in terms of gold medals won, overall medals won, total number of medallists and the number of sports winning medals at the Commonwealth Games.

“The Games host may be unknown for now, but what’s guaranteed is our commitment to our athletes and sports as they prepare for 2026,” Craig Phillips AM, CGA Chief Executive Officer, said.

“We want our team to arrive ready to compete, with CGA funding complementing other performance investment to ensure athletes have the tools for success.”

Green2Gold2Great is made possible by the investments, sponsorship revenues and fundraising activities of CGA, including the marketing rights fee paid for the 2026 Games.

This initial contribution of $4.8 million announced today brings together Foundation and Performance allocations for each sport.

Foundation allocations are a per-head commitment to sports based on their forecast team size, with Performance allocations making specific performance initiatives, such as qualification competition and team camps, possible.

For more information, visit commonwealthgames.com.au.

Sport Foundation Performance TOTAL
Athletics $187,236 $261,450 $448,686
Badminton $22,290 $165,000 $187,290
Basketball (3X3) $35,664 $287,500 $323,164
Bowls $40,122 $180,000 $220,122
Boxing $24,519 $181,200 $205,719
Cricket (T20) $33,435 $110,450 $143,885
Cycling $86,931 $400,000 $486,931
Diving $28,977 $173,500 $202,477
Golf $8,916 $134,000 $142,916
Gymnastics (Artistic) $22,290 $171,500 $193,790
Hockey $80,244 $120,000 $200,244
Netball $26,748 $190,000 $216,748
Para Powerlifting $4,458 $52,160 $56,618
Rowing (Coastal) $8,916 $111,340 $120,256
Rugby (7s) $57,954 $145,400 $203,354
Shooting $35,664 $40,000 $75,664
Squash $17,832 $170,000 $187,832
Swimming $169,404 $286,000 $455,404
Table Tennis $31,206 $194,500 $225,706
Triathlon $13,374 $95,000 $108,374
Volleyball (Beach) $8,916 $145,000 $153,916
Weightlifting $17,832 $186,000 $203,832
TOTAL $962,928 $3,800,000 $4,762,928

Italics denotes sports which include para events.

Junior Falcons embrace elite opportunity at Australian Institute of Sport National Development Camp

Badminton Australia Junior Falcons recently refined their skills at a National Development Camp held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The aim of the four-day program was to develop and improve their skills on the badminton court, while simultaneously providing the athletes with the experience of attending an elite sports facility.

The camp couldn’t have come at a more crucial time as there’s also 10-strong squad of Junior Falcons who are heading to the USA this week to compete at the BWF World Junior Championships.

Badminton Australia Junior Coach Tom Champion said National Development Camps provided athletes with the all-round experience of being a professional badminton player.

“At the Australian Institute of Sport we have access to the leading figures in their respective fields and can absorb information they have to offer,” Champion said.

“Particularly for the World Junior Championships team, it’s a place where they can really make quick strides in all areas of their game, which will make a difference at major tournaments.

“The on-court sessions are intense and sparring against and with the best players can only happen at these camps. Off-court they can make quick adjustments to their routines which can have immediate positive impacts to their performances.”

The four-day camp was separated into different areas of focus:

The first day on campus in Canberra began with a formalisation session for the players to get accustomed to the venue by focusing on consistency and quality of each shot without playing under pressure from an opponent or feeder.

Day two started with a similar pace, however, as the on-court drills began to expand the focus shifted to improve player reaction times whilst maintaining the basis of their shot quality and fluid movement.

During the second part of the day players engaged in singles attack drills which allowed them the freedom to be as aggressive as possible to understand their offensive limits. The focus was to have a better understanding of what works and doesn’t work from an attacking shot success point of view. The secondary focus was the feeder, e.g., the defender had to ensure they defended with quality otherwise the worker (attacker) didn’t have a chance to succeed at the primary goal.

On day three the focal point shifted to stability and shot quality while defending in doubles to ensure players understood the best methods of converting defence into offence or at least remain neutral in the rally.

The afternoon session’s focus was purely on serving, return and the third shot in doubles by ensuring every shot was of the highest quality to build confidence from game scenarios.

The final day would see the players convert their newfound knowledge into action with a team tournament to replicate the atmosphere of a competition by splitting equal-ability teams with the focus of applying all of the on-court training learned at the Camp.

Each day the Falcons attended Educational, Strength & Conditioning and Recovery sessions conducted  by AIS staff members. The key focus for the players was to take the learnings from each session and understand how they can fit these into their weekly schedule.

Champion said when comparing the players’ knowledge from the start of the week to the last day “the consistency and creation of a positive culture of being a Junior Falcon was an aspect of the Camp they should all be very proud to have achieved together”.

“It’s now about using this energy and spirit back in their States and Clubs. Other players look up to the Falcons – it’s important they lead by example,” he said.

The learning lessons weren’t exclusive to the players, as the dedicated team of coaches also improved their skills.

“These camps are so valuable as I spent time with players that I normally wouldn’t coach on a daily/weekly basis,” Champion said.

“I developed a better understanding of how they best operate, what communication style leads to the best outcome and specifically I spent plenty of time setting goals and discussing areas of focus for when they return to training in their home states.

“Overall, it allowed me to be better educated as a coach of all national junior players.”

Badminton Australia Limited AGM Saturday 18 November 2023

Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Badminton Australia AGM will be held via online video conference on Saturday 18 November. All documents related to the AGM can be found via https://www.badminton.org.au/about-agm-2023/.

If you have legal, fundraising, risk management, Human Resources, finance, accounting and/or commercial strategy skills, then you may wish to consider nominating for one of the available Board Director positions. Please contact your State or Territory to discuss being nominated. The Board Director position description can be found on the BA website.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chief Executive Officer, TJ Weistra via Tjitte.Weistra@badminton.org.au.

Brent Miller appointed as National Performance Manager

Badminton Australia is thrilled to announce the appointment of Brent Miller as National Performance Manager (NPM). Brent comes with a wealth of knowledge and expertise gained from not only his own playing career but also from his previous roles as Performance Manager, Community Manager & Coaching Manager back in New Zealand.

This, combined with being a BWF Level 2 coach, BWF Level 1 tutor and his passion for badminton, will bring a great mix of skills for this crucial role within the BA High Performance structure. Brent’s role will be focusing on key areas such as the National Performance Pathway, Junior Falcons and supporting the overall HP strategy, structure and programs which align with the agreed AIS HP strategy for badminton.

Besides working closely with the BA HP team and key stakeholders, the NPM will provide crucial support for players and coaches across Australia including the BA Performance Pathway Partner program. Brent will start on the 19th of September and will be at the up-and-coming YONEX U13/U17 National Championships in Ballarat from 25-30 September.

Australians head to Korea for the BWF World Senior Championships 2023

A contingent of Australians are heading to Jeonju, Korea to compete at the BWF World Senior Championships 2023 from September 11-18.

The biennial tournament has attracted 1300 players representing 40 different countries across various age groups 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+ and 80+ with each category offering MS, WS, MD, WD, XD events.

The Australians will be led by veteran competitor Loke Poh Wong, who will be competing in his sixth WSC and aiming to add to his existing tally of one silver and three bronze medals within the Men’s Singles category.

“All the best and good luck to all of our Australian players that are heading to Jeonju,” Wong said.

“We have nine players in total ranging from 35+ to 75+ who are all eager to get onto the badminton court to compete.

“Above all we can’t wait to get over to Korea to catch up with old friends and have some fun.”

Australian Players:

Tai-Liang Ko (MS, MD 35+), Luke Chong (MS, MD, XD 35+), Rei Miyamoto (MS, MD 35+), Tomo Luthy (WS, WD, XD 35+), Ian Long (MS, MD 50+) Maryam Bader (WS, WD 50+), Loke Poh Wong (MS 60+), Shuen Joe (MS 65+), Anthony Lourdes (MS 75+).

Also on this year’s calendar are the Australian National Senior Championships 2023 that will be held at Ballarat’s Ken Kay badminton Stadium from November 11-12.

“For seniors who are keen to compete against their peers from the same age group I encourage you to enter and head to Ballarat in November,” Wong said.

Stay tuned to Badminton Australia’s social media channels for updates from Korea as well further information in the coming weeks on how to enter the Australian National Senior Championships 2023.

Further information: https://bwfbadminton.com/tournament/4722/bwf-world-senior-championships-2023

 

Para Badminton High Performance Update

Since our last newsletter, we have had five players attend FOX’s Indonesia Para Badminton International (Grade 2 Level 3), congratulations to Grant Manzoney and Martyn Ford for reach the semi finals and coming home with some bronze medals in their doubles and singles events. View match results here.

Within Australia many athletes participated in the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships (Continental Championship) and Western Australia Para Badminton International (Grade 2 Level 2). It was wonderful to see some newly classified athlete taking part, plus a huge shout out to Badminton Oceania and Badminton Western Australia for hosting these events in Mandurah, WA!

Coming up we have the HULIC DAIHATSU Japan Para Badminton International (NOV – Japan), World Abilitysport Games (DEC – Thailand) and the Dubai Para Badminton International (DEC – UAE). Our National Falcons and other international players also took part in a Performance Camp in September, hosted by Performance Pathway Partner, National Badminton Centre (NBC) and NSW Badminton. The camp was facilitated by National Head Para Coach, Ian Bridge with special guest, Stephen Hadlow from Paralympics Australia.

Badminton Australia, Australian Institute Sport and Paralympics Australia have been working collaboratively on the creation of Para Badminton Selection Policy and Athlete Categorisation Framework which will be finalised and published in the coming weeks prior to selection and categorisation announcements in early December.

Find out more about Para Badminton here

Australians set to go up against the best at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships in Copenhagen

There’s no greater way to learn than by stepping onto the badminton court and going up against the best international players from across the world.

Australian players are on the verge of starting their campaigns at the TotalEnergies BWF World Championships in Copenhagen (August 21-27) where they will all face a great test.

“Opening matches will be tough and competitive for all, however with the right game plan and tactics, they can potentially cause some trouble for their opponents”, National Head Coach Leanne Choo said.

Leanne Choo coaching at the Sathio Group Australian Badminton Open 2023. Picture by Adam Yi Fan Chua

Most recently the players were in action on their home turf at the Sathio Group Australian Badminton Open where they were able to refine their on-court ability against opponents on the BWF Super 500 level.

“I am excited to see the players put their sharpened tactics and mental readiness into action in Copenhagen,” Choo said.

“All the players have specific skills and areas they have been working very hard on and this is a great opportunity to test the progress of those specific skills.”

Australia’s Round of 64 Matches:

MS: Nathan Tang (AUS) v C. Dwi Wardoyo (INA)

Full draw Men’s Singles https://rb.gy/98kzn

WS: Tiffany Ho (AUS) v Neslihan Arin (TUR)

Full draw Women’s Singles https://tinyurl.com/t9939tmu

MD: Kenneth Choo/Ming Chuen Lim (AUS) v Joshua Magee/Paul Reynolds (IRL)

Full draw Men’s Doubles https://tinyurl.com/yc524pax

WD: Gronya Somerville/Kaitlyn Ea (AUS) v Julie Macpherson/Ciara Torrance (GBR)

Women’s Doubles https://tinyurl.com/4rpmtwb8

XD: Kenneth Choo/Gronya Somerville (AUS) v Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith (GBR)

Full draw Mixed Doubles https://tinyurl.com/2dt3yjs6

“In the Women’s Doubles, Gronya and Kaitlyn have drawn Torrance and Macpherson who are ranked 35 in the world. This is one of the tougher first rounds, however, this is a great test for the girls and I believe they can get a positive result,” Choo said.

Kaitlyn Ea and Gronya Somerville at the Sathio Group Australian Badminton Open 2023. Picture by Badminton Photo (Paul Foxall)

“In the Mixed Doubles, Gronya and Ken face Smith and Ellis from England, who are ranked 32 in the world and are Commonwealth Silver Medallists. We are the underdog in this match and it is a good opportunity for Ken and Gronya to play a very experienced pair.

“When it comes to the Men’s Doubles, Ken and Ming face Reynolds and Magee who are ranked 54. I anticipate that this game will be a close battle and will be an exciting one to coach.

Ming Chuen Lim and Kenneth Choo will be back on court together in Copenhagen.

“Nathan has drawn Wardoyo in the Men’s Singles, and this will be a challenging match for him. Again, this is a great opportunity to compete against an experienced player and showcase what he has been working on.

“Finally, Tiffany is up against Arin who is a strong competitor. Tiff is an equally strong and tough competitor. I expect her to put up a good fight.”

Nathan Tang and Tiffany Ho will be representing Australia in the Singles competition in Copenhagen. Picture by Adam Yi Fan Chua

For most of the team the trip to Copenhagen marks their first appearance at the BWF World Championships and above all Choo hoped that all the players embraced every moment on court.

“There is a certain prestige that comes with competing in any sort of World Championship tournament, whether it be a team event or individual event,” she said.

“Although this tournament will be a step up for the Australian Team, we will approach and prepare the same way we would for any other tournament.”

During the lead up the Australian team will be training in Denmark under the guidance of Niclas Nohr before Choo arrives.

Once the tournament is underway, Nohr will also be helping out Choo when it comes to match-day coaching.

“The players will train in Denmark at his club before I join them. I am hoping to learn more from Niclas while we are coaching from behind the court. I am excited to see him coaching in action,” Choo said.

Stay tuned to Badminton Australia’s social media channels to keep up to date with all the Australian results.

https://bwfbadminton.com/tournament/4720/totalenergies-bwf-world-championships-2023/results/