Badminton Australia

Australian para badminton

Badminton Australia is pleased to be able to support the development of Para badminton players and the game of Para badminton across Australia

Para badminton

Badminton has been part of the Special Olympics World Summer Games since 1995 and will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Summer Games sports program, which puts the sport in an exciting time to educate and unite communities and improve quality of lives through sport.


In Para badminton, athletes are classified into “Sport Classes” to ensure fairness in competition. In Para badminton there are six Sport Classes. Every athlete is classified into one of the six Sport Classes before they can compete at an international level. This ensures that athletes compete in groups which consider how their physical impairment affects their performance as a badminton player.


In Para badminton, the classification process involves a medical examination and some badminton activities to show the classifiers what badminton movements and shots are easy or more difficult for the athlete. The Minimal Impairment Criteria for each of the Sport Classes is described in the BWF Classification Regulations. There are also opportunities to get involved in badminton’s classification program.

Badminton is a simple sport to start to play, but there are plenty of rules that can complicate the game. Below we’ve outlined the very basic rules to start playing badminton wherever you are!

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