ACT Badminton Association (ACTBA) Clubs have resumed social sessions in the ‘new normal’ in meeting all required health and safety requirements. The attached video from the Gungahlin Badminton Club highlights players enjoying social play while fully meeting the Club’s List of Player Responsibilities and Club COVID-19 Safety Plan. This includes: registering for all session; hand sanitising upon entry and during sessions; social distancing while waiting for games; no contact during play; and no sharing of racquets or water bottles. No players will attend when sick in any way and have agreed to get tested if showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
The ACT Government has now announced that the Stage 2.2 of the easing of restrictions will commence on Friday, 19 June 2020 (see https://www.covid19.act.gov.
This effectively means that all ACTBA affiliated badminton clubs can resume their social sessions. However, as some of the facilities that clubs hire are having some issues arranging for the reopening of their venues (largely related to sourcing cleaners), please see any notices individual clubs have placed on this
Chief Minister Andrew Barr, MLA announced on 26 May 2020 a relaxation of the restrictions to allow for the return of community indoor sports from 30 May 2020, initially limited to 20 people (see: https://www.cmtedd.act.
Some badminton clubs in the ACT will resume social play under the 20 person limit (but strictly for club members only), while others will resume when the 50 limit applies. Please contact individual clubs for details on the resumption of play at their
The Prime Minister announced on 22 March 2020 that all indoor sporting venues would be restricted from opening from midday 23 March 2020 (see: https://www.pm.gov.au/
As such, the ACTBA has advised all of its affiliated clubs to immediately suspend all club social play until further notice.
The badminton community in the ACT will play its part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
I wish everyone all the best over the coming months.
Badminton Australia and representatives of Australia’s State and Territory Badminton organisations, including the ACTBA President, met on 18 March 2020 to discuss the JUNE BEVAN TEAM EVENT & AUSTRALASIAN U/17 CHAMPIONSHIPS, scheduled to be held in Perth, Western Australia from the 11th-18th April 2020 and the CP MADDERN TEAM EVENT & AUSTRALIAN U/19 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, scheduled to be held in Geelong, Victoria from the 4th July to 11th July, 2020.
With consideration of the announcement by the Federal and State/Territory Governments relating to coronavirus and the importance of protecting the health and safety of the badminton community it was agreed
In light of recent developments concerning the COVID-19 virus and to ensure the continued health and well being of the ACT badminton community, the ACTBA has decided to postpone the ACT’s preeminent badminton tournament, the ACT Open, which was scheduled to have been held at the Australian Institute of Sport from 2-3 May 2020.
In a recent teleconference call with Badminton Australia and representatives of all state and territory badminton bodies, it was agreed that we will all again meet (via another teleconference call) on 24 June to discuss and agree to possible future dates for all of our postponed
Having considered the recent developments of COVID-19, the ACTBA regrettably inform that the Interclub competition to be held on the 28th of March has been cancelled with strong consideration for the health and safety of all our players and volunteers. ACTBA has decided to support the concerted effort by our government and world wide sporting bodies to attempt to limit the spread of this virus by not holding the tournament at this time.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and our thoughts are with those that are affected by this pandemic.
If you have any questions, please
ACTBA 2020 March InterClub Team Challenge Regulations
ENTRY: The entry fee per team is $60.
- Entries close on Sunday 22nd March 2020 at 11.59pm
- To enter, Club’s must enter their Teams and pay through Tournament Software.
Players must be a registered member of an ACTBA Club, or a registered member of a club affiliated with Badminton Australia (Open and B Grade only). If an event is oversubscribed and subject to a maximum draw size, entries by ACTBA club will be given preference over interstate Clubs.
This event is a doubles competition, and consists of
The ACTBA has prepared a policy submission ahead of the 2020 ACT Election in October. Reflecting the substantial increased demand to play badminton in the ACT and a severe lack of available and suitable facilities, the ACTBA recommends that the ACT Government and the Liberal Party Opposition jointly commit to the:
- co-funding of the order of $500,000 with a private sector investor the development of the ACT’s first dedicated badminton facility.
The policy submission can be found here.
For further information please contact the ACTBA President, Olaf Schuermann (Email: actba.president@badmintonact.
This event has been postponed.
The ACTBA is seeking expressions of interest from ACT players, managers, coaches and umpires who are interested in participating in the 2020 Australian National Under 17 Championships, incorporating the individual event and team event (the June Bevan Carnival). Players must be an ACTBA affiliated member to be eligible to play.
EOI Entries Close COB Thursday Jan 30th
Date: Saturday 11th April – Saturday 18th April 2020
Location: Perth, WA
The ACTBA Business Plan 2019-2021 was prepared and endorsed by the Executive Committee following feedback by ACTBA member clubs and members. It will guide the operations of the ACTBA in six key focus areas, including: coaching and training; participation in competitions; growth in membership; sponsorship opportunities; promoting inclusive and safe playing environments; and political support ahead of the 2020 ACT Election for a dedicated badminton facility in the ACT.
I was elected as the 2020 ACTBA President at the 2019 AGM on 8 December 2019. Vikram Varma was, unfortunately, unable to continue in the role due to other commitments. Thankfully, most of the rest of the 2019 Committee was willing to continue in their roles in 2020: Alan Kisbee as Vice President; Raymond Kan as Treasurer; Robynne Mah as Secretary; and Brideen Allen as Match Secretary. This will provide for the continuity needed to continue with the implementation of the agreed 2019-20 ACTBA Business Plan.
After many years in the role as Webmaster, Bas Gintings will hand over the reins
On behalf of ACTBA, I would like to present this year’s President’s Report. This year was always going to be a year of change and transition for ACTBA, with only Robynne Mah continuing in the Secretary role. As a new Executive Committee, we had a lot to learn and do. We also needed to quickly bring together a coherent understanding of the key issues facing our sport and affiliated clubs.
The new committee has undertaken an enormous step to shift the pendulum towards addressing a number of these longer-term risks and issues that require strategic thinking and good planning.