The 2021 ACT Junior Championships was very well attended, particularly the U13 age group. The tournament was held at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for the first time and Badminton ACT (BACT) welcomes the support provided by the AIS for badminton in the ACT.
Congratulations to Canberra’s own Anthony Joe from Northside Club! He is currently part of the Australian Badminton Falcons. A big thank you to the @BadmintonAustralia partners who support this program including @Australian Institute of Sport, @Commonwealth Games Australia, @Li-Ning and @Australian Olympic Team
The President of Badminton ACT, Olaf Schuermann, is pleased to announce the appointment of Messrs Tai Liang Ko and Xing Huong Goh as co-Junior Development Officers for Badminton ACT. The appointments are for one year on a casual, contract, basis. Reflecting the importance of the role, it is the first time that Badminton ACT has appointed people to a paid position.
The ACT Open, originally scheduled for 1-2 May at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), has necessarily been postponed until 20-21 November (to replace the Brindabella Challenge Cup which has been cancelled for 2021), due to the AIS’s decision not to allow non-Olympic athletes on site ahead of the Olympics.
The success of this style of club teams event highlights that many ACT clubs welcome the atmosphere of such a social, club-versus-club, competition. Eight clubs (over half of the total number of ACTBA affiliated clubs) put in 28 teams across all four grades, with 126 players participating. What was particularly pleasing to see was the number of younger children participating; indeed the ACTBA Committee has decided that the next InterClub (tentatively scheduled for early October) will see an ‘E’ Grade (‘E’ for enthusiastic) which will limited to U13s and so enable a much fairer competition for these youngsters. Great work by Sheehan and the tournament team in making this a successful event now embedded in the ACTBA calendar. For details on the tournament please see the tournament link.
The National Badminton Club is now taking new members. Please enquire via email if you are interested in joining the club, as the sessions remain closed (no casual players) for members only. A ‘trial period’ (1-2 sessions) is available to see if you would like to join the club
Membership renewal for 2020 members will occur throughout February. Please see Brideen ASAP for a member form.
Requests from new players to become a 2021 member are currently suspended. We have had an overwhelming number of player requests and have started a wait list for membership. New members will be drawn from this list.
Visitors must contact Brideen (Thursday session - 0410666541) or Aizid (Tuesday session - 0403243007) to check if there are vacancies to play. If sessions are full any visitors who turn up without checking may be turned away.