Badminton Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Anna Ronald (FCPA) as the organisation’s new Financial Controller.
Anna joins Badminton Australia with more than 20 years of accounting experience within the sports and not-for-profit sectors in both Australia and the UK. Anna’s financial expertise in sport includes working in cricket, rowing and baseball, in addition to managing her own practice.
Badminton Australia Chief Executive Officer Tjitte Weistra said: “Anna’s knowledge and proven record of success within the sports industry will be highly advantageous to the future financial operations of Badminton Australia. We welcome Anna to our team and look forward to her contributions.”
Anna’s qualifications include a Bsc (Hons) in Applied Accounting, as well as being a CPA Public Practitioner and Registered Tax Agent.
“I am thrilled for this opportunity to join Badminton Australia and equally excited to use my knowledge of the finance and sports industries to ensure badminton continues to grow in Australia,” she said.
“I’m really looking forward to joining the team at BA, and starting a new chapter in my sports industry career.”
TJ Weistra thanked outgoing Financial Controller Anita Barbuto for her commitment to Badminton Australia.
“Anita had been an integral part of our organisation for many years, has been instrumental in the implementation of very robust finance practices and we thank her for the high-level of professionalism and dedication to the role,” he said.
“We will miss Anita and wish her nothing but the very best for the future.”
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There’s plenty on the line this week in Thailand for the Australians competing at the NSDF Royal Beach Cliff BWF Para Badminton World Championships.
The record 14-strong squad is the biggest Australian contingent to ever attend the Championships which begins on Tuesday in Pattaya.
The Australian team includes a mixture of youth and experience, with some athletes making their World Championship debut, while for others it marks their fourth time competing.
As we draw closer to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, this event also stands as the final opportunity to amass crucial world ranking points for the Race to Paris.
“Qualifying for World Championships is a big deal, and for many, a dream come true,” said Badminton Australia CEO, Tjitte Weistra.
“Having the largest contingent of Australian players attend tournament is a sign of the growth of para badminton in Australia, particularly in recent years.”
Badminton Australia General Manager Participation and Para, Clare Walker said the size of the team was testament to the support which the para badminton program had received.
“With the support of the Australian Institute of Sport and Paralympics Australia, we are able to offer opportunities such as development camps for players to come together and train,” Walker said.
“By encouraging participation at grassroots, we have forged a strong partnership with Disability Sports Australia to deliver badminton through its Abilities Unleashed multi-sport days, in addition to what States and Territories offer.
“There is still a long way to go to develop para badminton in Australia, however, Badminton Australia with our partners is committed to continuing to work towards an even stronger program in the future.”
Australian Officials in attendance include Badminton Australia CEO Tjitte Weistra, National Para Badminton Head Coach Ian Bridge, Team Manager and Physiotherapist Pinakin Godse, and Abigail Rothery who is in attendance as a Development Coach.
Stephen Hadlow from Paralympics Australia has also travelled to Thailand and will be working with a remote VIS analyst to gather insights for targeted athletes with the potential to simulate anticipated set-ups that will be implemented as part of the Paris Performance Analysis Hub.
Stay tuned to Badminton Australia’s social media channels throughout the week for more content and updates from all the action in Thailand.
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Badminton Australia CEO Tjitte (TJ) Weistra congratulated all players on their selections.
“It’s an incredible honour for an athlete to have the opportunity to represent their country in a team event,” he said.
“These players have put in endless hours of hard work both on and off the badminton court and now it’s their time to put their effort into action at the Thomas and Uber Cup Qualifiers.
“Congratulations to all of the players and we can’t wait to watch you on court in Geelong.”
The VICTOR Oceania Men’s and Women’s Team Championships will be held after the VICTOR Oceania Open Individual Championships (February 12-15).
The Thomas Cup was first held in 1949 and has been won a record 14 times by Indonesia, although India is the current champion after defeating Indonesia 3-0 during the 2022 edition in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Uber Cup’s history commenced in 1957 and has been won a record 15 times by China, however, at the 2022 tournament South Korea defeated China 3-2 to claim its second title.
Also announced this week was the reselection of the Junior Falcons with the Senior Falcons being reselected at the conclusion of the Oceania Championships in February.
Badminton Australia is thrilled to announce that the Badminton Association of Western Australia has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2024 YONEX Australian U15/U19 National Championships.
Junior teams from across Australia will compete at Perth’s Kingsway Indoor Stadium in the City of Wanneroo from Tuesday July 9 – Sunday July 14 for the CP Maddern Trophy (U19) and the Val Nesbitt Trophy (U15) before they contend the Individual events.
Badminton Australia CEO Tjitte Weistra expressed his excitement to hold a National Championship event in Western Australia.
“The level of talent and skill across our junior players in Australia ensures that the YONEX Australian U15/U19 National Championships are going to be a highly successful event,” he said.
“We are delighted to partner with BAWA to host the 2024 edition of the tournament as they are a proud badminton state and are passionate about the growth of our sport.
“After the thrilling matches at the 2023 U15/U19 Nationals, we can’t wait to head over to Perth next year to see all the players in action.
“We are very pleased to once again have the support of YONEX who are on board for 2024 as the event’s major sponsor.”
The Badminton Association of WA was formed in 1924 and became affiliated with the then Badminton Association of Australia in 1936.
The organisation built its own badminton-specific headquarters in 1962, the first Australian association to take this step, and the Wembley Centre was officially opened in 1964. This stadium hosted numerous national and international events, until it was sold in 2000. The Badminton Association of WA then moved to its new headquarters at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium located in the City of Wanneroo.
Badminton Association of Western Australia President Judith Cousins was thrilled the event coincided with BAWA’s 100th anniversary.
“Western Australia has a proud place in the history of badminton, with the sport being played for the first time in 1900 in Fremantle,” she said.
“As we celebrate the 100th year of Badminton WA, this national event will be a highlight.”
BAWA Executive Officer Ghaz Ramli was excited to see a National Championship event return to Western Australia.
“The welcome news that we are the chosen hosts for the prestigious 2024 YONEX Australian U15/U19 National Championship event has been received with great interest and considerable excitement from our cohort of young players and their parents,” he said.
“It will be five years since WA last hosted a national and with a strong background in hosting quality competitions this event will showcase badminton in WA as well as the opportunity for our state to welcome junior players, accompanying officials and families to Perth.
“Badminton is a very popular sport in Western Australia and the state has produced many champions who started their careers at a junior national event, and went on to represent Australia at the International level.”
During the 2023 running of the event in South Australia, New South Wales claimed the prestigious CP Maddern Trophy while Victoria triumphed to lift the Val Nesbitt Trophy after a 6-2 win over Western Australia.
In addition, Western Australian Mimi Ngo won gold in the U15 GS, U15 GD and U15 MD.
2023 Individual Winners:
U15 – BS: Om Neelam (VIC), GS: Mimi Ngo (WA), BD: Om Neelam (VIC)/Aneesh Nirmal (QLD), GD: Tanvi Sai Mushini (VIC)/Mimi Ngo (WA) and XD: Om Neelam (VIC)/Mimi Ngo (WA)
U19: – MS: Asher Ooi (NSW), WS: Isabella Yan (NSW), MD: Jordan Yang/Frederick Zhao (VIC), WD: Dania Nugroho/Catrina Tan (SA), XD: Jordan Yang (VIC)/Sydney Tjonadi (NSW)
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
“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.
“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.”
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.
Badminton Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board Members.
After receiving a significant number of applications for the positions, Badminton Australia has chosen three individuals who bring with them specific expertise and skills that will be beneficial to the future of the organisation.
We would like to welcome Kaitlin Mason, who is the current Head of Marketing Media and Communications at Baseball Australia, Team Australia and the Australian Baseball League (ABL).
Kaitlin has worked tirelessly to establish a successful career in the Australian and New Zealand sports industry, with a focus on marketing, digital marketing, media and communications.
Kaitlin embraces any opportunity to undertake new challenges that will further develop her skills and abilities.
“As a marketing, media and broadcast specialist who has worked in sport in Australia and abroad for many years, working for an organisation like Badminton Australia greatly appealed to me,” Kaitlin said.
“Badminton is an exciting, international sport and I look forward to growing the game.”
Outside the office, Kaitlin spends time at the beach, teaching Pilates and making memories with family and friends.
In addition, Aditi Biswas has come to the Board with more than 15 years of experience across relationship management, partner alliances and product management within technology Start-up, investment banking and financial services industries.
Aditi is currently the Head of Service and Support AU at the FNZ Group and holds a leadership role with primary responsibility for delivery of a responsive and effective production support and service delivery function across all Australian clients.
Aditi has an extensive history on the Badminton court as a former international player and multiple national title holder; having represented India as a part of the National Team and is now a Badminton World Federation accredited High Performance Coach.
“I applied for the Board position as I believe that I could bring all of my collective experience in the corporate world, as an international Badminton player, a BWF coach and now mother of two sports loving girls to oversee the governance of Badminton Australia,” Aditi said.
“As a Board Member, I’m especially interested in the development of high performance pathways to enable Australian Badminton players to compete effectively on the world stage and in helping improve the popularity and participation of Badminton in Australia.”
We would also like to welcome Paul Reining (Elected – vacant position until the AGM) who is a highly respected director and corporate advisor, and a sought-after mentor for business owners in Australia.
Paul’s executive career extends more 25 years, having occupied multiple CEO and/or CFO roles, including Aussie successes Catch Group and 2XU, and executive roles in high profile listed organisations JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX) and Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ).
Paul’s specialty as a business leader is building high performance teams that achieve high performance results. Paul commenced his professional career at Big Four advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers within their Entrepreneurial and Business Services Team, and in recent years returned to his consulting roots as the founding CEO of Accension, a group of experts committed to unlocking the full potential of emerging and high growth businesses.
“I’m passionate about promoting the growth, success, and popularity of Badminton in Australia where there is such a culture and love of sport in general, and therefore so many competing choices at the grass roots,” Paul said.
He discovered Badminton at the age of 13 and in his junior years was a pennant player at Mountain Districts Badminton Association. These days he has rediscovered his love for playing the sport and enjoys a hit down at the Ocean Grove Badminton Club. He is excited to “give back” to a sport that has provided him so much enjoyment over the years.
“I’m committed to supporting Badminton Australia’s members, players and officials as well as providing leadership, governance, mentoring and support to all participants and administrators of the sport,” Paul said.
Badminton Australia President Andrew Greenway extended a warm welcome to Kaitlin, Aditi and Paul.
“I’m very pleased with the appointment of the three new Board Members who will all bring very valuable knowledge, skills, and expertise to the Board which will assist Badminton Australia to continue to push the sport to new heights,” Andrew said.
“With significant growth in our sport with now more than 400,000 people playing Badminton in Australia, there has never been a better time for Badminton Australia to push for a strong marketing and corporate strategy.
“I’m confident that the newly appointed Board Members will bring a lot to the table in these areas while also having significant experience in finance and governance.”
Crown Group is a highly successful property development group, with a reputation for building globally leading luxury and hotel apartments. The Crown Group has been a supporter of the Australian Badminton Open.
Commonwealth Games Australia
Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) is a member-based organisation that administers, controls and coordinates the participation of program sports at the Commonwealth Games every four year. Badminton Australia is extremely proud of its work with CGA and is keen to continue such a great relationship with the staff at CGA into the future.
The Badminton World Federation is the global body responsible for the development of badminton, with a vision to give every child the chance to play badminton, the BWF are key to the success of badminton at any level. Badminton Australia is a member of the BWF. Having supported the development of international tournaments in Australia and the development of athletes to the highest level, BA is very grateful to have the support of the BWF.
Badminton Oceania is the representative for the Badminton World Federation in the Oceania region. They are responsible for the development and progress of badminton within the Oceania region. Badminton Oceania are a great supporter of Badminton Australia and work closely with BA on a regular basis.
Australian Olympic Committee
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) is a non-government, not-for-profit focused on developing youth and sport. The AOC is responsible for the funding, supporting, selection and sending of Australia athletes to the Olympics every four years. The AOC provides significant support to the Australian Badminton Falcons and the Badminton Australia Performance Pathway. Badminton Australia is very thankful and is perpetually excited for Australian badminton players to represent their country Olympic Games.
Australian Institute of Sport
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is the second arm of the Australian Sports Commission, the focus of the AIS is at all aspects of high-performance sport and as a result Badminton’s High-Performance teams work with the leading minds at the AIS. Badminton Australia has been working with the AIS for many years and with a continued focus on high performance excellence, both home and abroad, is excited to continue to work with the AIS long into the future.
Li-Ning is a global leader in sports apparel, with a focus on badminton, Badminton Australia is proud to be partnered with an organisation with such a rich and successful history in sport and for it to support the Australian Badminton Falcons. Li-Ning has supported Olympic medal athletes across the world and continues to push badminton apparel forward.
Sport Australia is an arm of the Australian Sports Commission that is responsible for the broader sport sector. Included in their responsibilities are participation, governance and supporting activities that link to the sport industries growth and sustainability long term. Badminton Australia works closely with Sport Australia in areas of participation, governance and other sport related activities.
YONEX has been a supporter of the sport of badminton globally since 1957 when they produced their first badminton racquets. As the business has expanded so too has their equipment and apparel offerings. YONEX has supported badminton in Australia at all levels for a number of years and badminton Australia is very excited to continue its relationship with an organisation that has been involved in the sport for so long.