Australia Narrowly Beaten by Sri Lanka in First Day of Mixed Team Event

The Badminton Falcons fought valiantly in the squad’s opening match-up of the mixed team event.

 

The Australian Badminton Team’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games campaign has kicked off with the Mixed Team event, their first hit out seeing them take on Sri Lanka.

The team, consisting of Yingxiang LinGronya SomervilleNathan TangHsuan-Yu (Wendy) ChenTran Hoang Pham, and Jack Yu, were pipped on the court, with Sri Lanka taking out the win, 3 – 2.

Starting off the day with the Mixed Doubles pair of Lin and Somerville, the duo was challenged by Sri Lankan’s Sachin Dias and Thilini Hendahewa, with Sri Lanka taking the win 2 – 0.

Following the mixed duo, Tang took to the court in the Men’s Singles against Niluka Karunaratne, who also proved too strong eclipsing Tang 2 – 0.

It was Chen’s Women’s Singles match-up against Vidara Suhasni Vidanage that netted Australia’s first win, as she turned the tables by securing a 2 – 0 win.

“I’m really happy to be here and my team really needed that,” Chen said.

“I was a little bit nervous heading on to the court but after the first interval I was able to get my game on.”

However, Sri Lanka again proved too strong when it was Pham and Yu’s turn to take to the court against Dias and Karunaratne, with the Men’s Doubles pair beating out the Aussies 2 – 0.


The final win of the round did however go to Australia, with the Women’s Doubles of Chen and Somerville defeating their Sri Lankan counterparts Hendahewa and Vidanage 2 – 0.

“I think we were a bit slow starting, maybe watching the men’s doubles a bit too eagerly to see if we could win that tie,” Somerville said.

“But then we got into it and got going and figured out the shuttle and the tactics to win.”

The mixed team will now take on Pakistan in Round 2 of the event tomorrow, Saturday 30 July at 9am BST (6pm AEST, 4pm AWST).



Mixed Team – Round 1 Results

Australia v Sri Lanka

Mixed Doubles

Yingxiang Lin & Gronya Somerville v Sachin Dias & Thilini Hendahewa

0 – 2 (18 – 21; 14 – 21)

Men’s Singles

Nathan Tang v Niluka Karunaratne

0 – 2 (18 – 21; 12 – 21)

Women’s Singles

Hsuan-Yu (Wendy) Chen v Vidara Suhasni Vidanage

2 – 0 (21 – 10; 21 – 13)

Men’s Doubles

Tran Hoang Pham & Jack Yu v Sachin Dias & Niluka Karunaratne

0 – 2 (16 – 21; 14 – 21)

Women’s Doubles

Hsuan-Yu (Wendy) Chen & Gronya Somerville v Thilini Hendahewa & Vidara Suhasni Vidanage

2 – 0 (21 – 18; 21 – 14)

Falcons team named for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

A squad of 10 Australian Falcons have been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games, with eight of the selected players set to make their debut.

Selected athletes with Borobi, the Commonwealth Games mascot. From left to right, Nathan Tang (VIC), Kaitlyn Ea (VIC), Yingxiang Lin (WA), Jacob Schueler (VIC), Angela Yu (QLD) and Jack Yu (QLD).

As well as the debutants and not in the picture are, Gronya Somerville (Victoria), has been selected to her third Commonwealth Games, while Hsuan-Yu (Wendy) Chen (Queensland), will make her second appearance. Tran Hoang Pham who is the oldest member of the team debuting at 37, hails from New South Wales, along with NBC team mate Tiffany Ho.

Somerville, the senior member of the team, is thrilled to be selected for a third time and is excited about the range of talent in the new additions.

“It is incredible to be selected for my third Commonwealth Games and have the opportunity to represent Australia again,” Somerville said.

“We have a great group of players who are going to be working hard and motivating one another to be at their best.”

Of the debutants, siblings Angela and Jack Yu, both from Queensland, have shown great potential recently. Angela will play in the teams and individual events while Jack, the youngest member of the team at 17, has shown his superb potential while rising up through the junior ranks.

Victorian’s Nathan Tang, 31, Jacob Schueler, 24, and Kaitlyn Ea, along with Western Australia’s Yingxiang Lin, 22, round out the Australian squad.

Meanwhile Chen, who is also a dual Olympian, has enjoyed international success and could be a leading contender for a medal, following her recent win in the women’s singles at the 2022 Oceania Championships.

She will look to better her strong performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she reached the quarterfinals in the badminton mixed teams event.

Badminton Australia CEO Jamie Parsons welcomed today’s selection of Australian Falcons who are heading to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“Today is a great day for the 10 Badminton Australia Falcons who have been selected to represent Australia at the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Parsons said.

“We have nominated an exciting group of talented athletes who are ready to test their skills against the best players from across the Commonwealth.

“On behalf of Badminton Australia, we celebrate the 10 athletes, their coaches, families and supporters for all of their hard work and determination to get to this point. We are proud of them all and we can’t wait to watch them compete in Birmingham.”

Badminton made its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica in 1966 and has been on the program at every Games since.

Australia will be looking to break a two-Games medal-winning drought, having last won bronze in the women’s doubles at the Delhi 2010 Games. 

Lisa Campbell, (women’s singles) Mike Scandolera & Audrey Tuckey (mixed doubles) are Australia’s three gold medallists in the sport.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from Thursday 28 July to Monday 8 August with the Badminton competition to be conducted from Friday 29 July all the way through to Monday 8 August with the competition to be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).

Australian Badminton Team – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games:

NAME

EVENT

AGE

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

CLUB

 

Hsuan-Yu (Wendy) Chen

Team and Individual

28

2nd (2018 – R16: Women’s Singles, Quarter-finals: Mixed Team)

Chandler Badminton Club

QLD

Kaitlyn Ea

Team and Individual

18

Debut

Infinity Badminton Club

VIC

Tiffany Ho

Team and Individual

24

Debut

NBC

NSW

Gronya Somerville

Team and Individual

27

3rd (2014 – R16: Mixed Doubles, Quarter-finals: Mixed Team; 2018 – 4th: Women’s Doubles, Quarter-finals: Mixed Team)

Play Badminton

VIC

Angela Yu

Team and Individual

19

Debut

Griffith University Badminton Club 

QLD

Yingxiang Lin

Team and Individual

22

Debut

An-Yu

WA

Tran Hoang Pham

Team and Individual

37

Debut

NBC

NSW

Jacob Schueler

Team and Individual

24

Debut

Ocean Grove Badminton Club

VIC

Nathan Tang

Team and Individual

31

Debut

Glen Waverley Badminton Club

VIC

Jack Yu

Team and Individual

17

Debut

Griffith University Badminton Club

QLD

Chandler Badminton Club

2022 VICTOR Oceania Para Championships – Entries Open

Entries for Australian player are now open for the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022. The event will take place in Melbourne from 29-31 July 2022 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC). 

To enter click here.

Entries – Australian Player Entries are due by noon (AEST) on Tuesday 14th June, 2022. Players must be a member and in good standing with their State/Territory organisation to enter and must be compliant with the Badminton Oceania event entry requirements.

The costs for event entry set by Badminton Oceania are:

  • AUD 50 for Victoria State players not requiring tournament transport
  • AUD 100 for all other players
  • AUD 50 per person for coach, team manager, official, physiotherapist or accompanying person requiring transpor
  • Once entry fees are paid, they are non-refundable if the person does not attend the competition or is classified as NE. Fees are refunded if there are not enough entries to have a competition. Payment of the entry fee is required before a player can participate in the tournament. 

Note: Badminton Australia will refund the event entry to participants who are from outside of Victoria after the event. For any person suffering financial hardship can contact the BA office to discuss further options.

Accommodation – Please click here for information on accommodation  from Badminton Oceania. We recommend booking accommodation as early as possible. Please note information below from Badminton Oceania regarding accommodation.

  • We have confirmed a tournament hotel: Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Little Collins which has 13 wheelchair accessible rooms
  • We have secured some special tournament rates, see the attached flyer
  • Players and officials staying at this hotel will be eligible for tournament transport from the airport to the hotel 
  • Van transport will be provided for WH players to MSAC staying at this hotel
  • All other players and officials staying at this hotel will be provided with a tram pass for transport to and from MSAC
  • Rooms at the tournament rate and wheelchair accessible rooms are limited so please lock in your booking asap using this link (tick wheelchair icon)

Next Steps – Please don’t hesitate to pass on this information to anyone who may require it. Updated information about the event will be provided on this page. 

If you have any queries at all please do not hesiate to contact the Badminton Australia office.

Entries are due by noon (AEST) on Tuesday 14th June, 2022

For more information visit Badminton Oceania or enter by clicking here.

Australian Institute of Sport Athlete Categorisation

Badminton Australia is pleased to announce athlete categorisations for able-bodied athletes under the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) athlete categorisation system (categorisations for para athletes are scheduled to occur  later in the year after the Oceania Para Championships). You can read more about the AIS Categorisation system by clicking here.

The system is designed to identify athletes with the greatest potential to Australia winning medals at major international events, informs the prioritisation of support for these athletes and tracks their performance over time. 

To be considered for categorisation athletes must be part of the National Falcons Program. 

The Badminton AIS approved policy for the categorisation of athletes is called the Badminton Australia Athlete Podium, Podium Ready, Podium Potential, Developing and Emerging Categorisation Framework Policy. This Policy is located under the policy section of the Badminton Australia website – or you can read the information by clicking here.

For athletes that fall outside of one of the categories is considered an “International” categorised athlete. This Policy is also on the Badminton Australia website and is called the Badminton Australia Athlete International Categorisation Policy . You can read this policy by clicking here.

The categorisation of athletes is important as it can influence the resources and other support athletes receive through funding provided by the AIS or any other BA stakeholder bodies. For the AIS and other stakeholder bodies funding and support is focussed on Podium, Podium Ready, Podium Potential, Developing and Emerging athletes.

Click here to download a copy of the Badminton AIS Athlete Categorisation List

For more information please contact the Badminton Australia office.

VICTOR Oceania Championships in Melbourne!

Badminton Australia is pleased to share the news that Badminton Oceania has recently announced that they will deliver the Open Individual tournament of the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2022 from 28 April – 1 May at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre.

It is a fitting tribute to the reprisal of international badminton in Oceania, that the last tournament to be held in the region prior to the global lockdowns was the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020 (in Ballarat, Australia), and the first to restart our re-entry to the tournament calendar will be the 2022 edition.

 

Please note: Australian Entries close on the 24th of March, to enter follow this link. 

 

To read more about this exciting event and to access the prospectus follow this link.  

2021 National Events Postponed

Badminton Australia regretfully announces that the 2021 YONEX Australian Bendigo Invitational, the 2021 YONEX Australian Combined National Championships and the 2021 Para National Championships that were scheduled for September 2021 have been postponed to December 2021.

The 2021 YONEX Australian Bendigo Invitational is now scheduled to be played at the Bendigo Stadium from Saturday the 4th of December and run through till Monday the 6th of December. This event may be combined with the 2021 Victoria Open that is currently scheduled to run on the same dates.

The 2021 YONEX Australian Combined National Championships will be played at the Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Stadium from Friday the 10th of December through till Saturday the 18th of December, dates for specific age groups are as follows; Open (10/12 – 12/12), U19 & U15 (13/12-15/12), U17 (16/12 – 18/12).

The 2021 Para National Championships will be played at the Altona Badminton Centre on Friday the 17th of December till Sunday the 19th of December.

Any athlete who has paid to participate in the postponed events can receive a full refund, or, the amounts can move across to the new event dates. To receive a full refund please click here to email Badminton Australia with the names and details of those who have entered.

Badminton Australia would like to thank all of the event partners, sponsors and stakeholders, including; Bendigo Stadium, City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association, YONEX, Badminton Victoria, the State & Territory badminton organisations and the badminton community for their ongoing support, patience and understanding.

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2021 Australian Major Events

Scroll for Combined National Championships information
2021 Australian Bendigo Invitational (17 – 19 Sep 2021)

Badminton Australia is delighted to announce the Australian Bendigo Invitational. The event will run from Friday 17th September 2021 to Sunday 19th September 2021 in Bendigo, Victoria.  The event replaces the Bendigo International Challenge that is not able to run due to Australian border restrictions. We are delighted to be able to bring this replacement event to provide opportunities for Australian athletes to participate in a national competition.

The results from this event will assist national selectors select athlete to the Badminton Australia national senior program that is a prerequisite to being selected into Australian national teams.

Chief Executive Officer for Badminton Australia Jamie Parsons said ‘We are delighted to be able to partner with the City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association to bring this national event to Bendigo. We are looking forward to seeing Australia’s best players and Australian Tokyo Olympians competing’.

Details of entry will be provide in a prospectus for distribution in the next few weeks.

Players, officials and spectators can register their interest in participating in the event by clicking here — https://form.jotform.com/211481676177866

 

2021 Australian Combined National Championships (24 Sep – 02 Oct 2021)

After close consultation with the State and Territory Badminton organisation we are very pleased to announce the dates for the Australian Combined Championships. The championships will be for individual events only – women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. The event will be for U15s, U17s, U19s and Open age groups during the September School holiday period Friday 24th September to 2nd October. After going through an expression of interest process this event will be held in Bendigo, Victoria.

The current draft schedule is:

Open – Friday 24thSeptember through to Sunday 26th September 2021

U19/U15 – Monday 27th September through to Wednesday 29th September 2021

U17 – Thursday 30th September through to Saturday 2nd October  2021

 

The results from these Championships will be used to select athletes to the Badminton Australia National Senior and Development programs as these competitions are prerequisites to be selected into Australian national teams.

As per the selection policy, those eligible to be selected to Australian National Program  are those who finish in the positions below and will achieve automatic selection.

MS WS MD WD XD
U15 Finalists  (2 athletes) Finalists  (2 athletes) Winners  (2 athletes) Winners  (2 athletes) Winners (2 athletes)
U17 Finalists (2 athletes) Finalists (2 athletes) Winners  (2 athletes) Winners  (2 athletes) Winners (2 athletes)
U19 Finalists (2 athletes) Finalists (2 athletes) Winners  (2 athletes) Winners  (2 athletes) Winners (2 athletes)
Senior / Open Finalists and Semi Finalists (4 athletes) Finalists and Semi Finalists (4 athletes) Finalists (4 athletes) Finalists (4 athletes) Winners (2 athletes)

Chief Executive Officer for Badminton Australia Jamie Parsons said “After not running any National Championships in 2020 we are very pleased to be able to work with our State/Territory Partners, the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association to present the Australian Combined National Championships. We are looking forward to Australia’s best Open and Junior talent vying for the Championships in Bendigo”

Details of entry will be provide in a prospectus for distribution in the next few weeks.

Players, officials and spectators can register their interest in participating in the event by clicking here — https://form.jotform.com/211481676177866

 

National Events Prospectus’ Released

Badminton Australia is pleased to share the prospectus’ for both the 2021 YONEX Australian Bendigo Invitational and the 2021 YONEX Australian Combined National Championships.

Both events will take place in Bendigo in September, the 2021 YONEX Australian Bendigo Invitational will run from the 16th of September through till the 19th of September at Bendigo Stadium.

The 2021 YONEX Australian Combined National Championships will run from the 24th of September till the 2nd of October and will combine individual championships for U/15, U/17 U/19 and Senior age groups to be played at the Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Stadium.

Please find below links to each prospectus, early bird pricing will close on the 17th of August for the 2021 YABI, and the 24th of August for the 2021 YACNC so get in now!!

2021 YONEX Australian Bendigo Invitational Prospectus

2021 YONEX Combined National Championships Prospectus

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Performance Pathways Manager Announced

After a very thorough recruitment process Badminton Australia is delighted to announce that Ashley Naumann has been appointed to the AIS funded position of Performance Pathway Manager. This role is responsible for the development and implementation of Badminton in Australia’s Performance Pathway to successfully identify, develop, support and progress talented athletes – including para athletes on the AIS pathway. This position reports directly to the Badminton Australia CEO.

Ashley has extensive management experience and background in high performing environments and talent development. He has a proven track record of working with players of all levels including developing talented and high performing players and coaches to state, national and international level. Ashley will bring his experience as the Talent Development Manager with Tennis Australia, Player Development Manager at Tennis Victoria and as the Head Women’s Coach for Tennis at the AIS to the role. Ashley’s academic achievements include a Bachelor of Education.

Badminton Australia is looking forward to Ashley commencing in his role on Tuesday 28 July, 2020.

Picture: Ashley Naumann, BA Performance Pathways Manager

Photo credit (Feature image): Badminton Photo

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