Badminton Australia endorses the notion of sport of all and actively encourages the participation of people with a disability.
Playing badminton helps support and develop both fundamental physical skills and life skills. The sport now provides opportunities to play socially along with a pathway leading up to world championships and the Paralympics. We are keen to see playing numbers grow in the coming years, come and give it a go!
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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 programme, which puts the sport in an exciting time to educate and unite communities and improve quality of lives through sport.
What is Paralympic 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.