After a hiatus of three years due to COVID restrictions and a lack of suitable and available indoor facilities, the 2023 ACT Open, held at the AIS Basketball Centre over the weekend of 18-19 November 2023, was better than ever. With over 200 players in all four grades (Open to D grade) and with Australia’s No.1 ranked men’s single player (Ricky Tang, NSW) participating, the 2023 ACT Open was an immense success. It was also the first time that BACT was able to offer some prize money for the Open winners. The Open Men’s singles was won by Ricky Tang
In the ACT’s best showing ever, all ACT teams which entered the event won their respective grades. A simply incredible achievement.
Congratulations to the members of the three ACT teams that won:
ACT Hotshots – A Grade
Team Captain : Indu Sealey
Vijaya (Bhanu) Kundrapu
Jaya Thotthadi (team captain)
Wenfeng (Jimmy) Ji
BACT Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Night 2023
Come for a night of BBQ Buffet (vegetarian option available), BACT club & junior awards, and a price raffle (including a badminton racket!)
Saturday 9 December 2023, 7pm
$32 per adult, $10 per child under 12
Eastlake Club, 51 Hinder Street Gungahlin ACT
EXCITING NEWS! We are about to host our very own Gold Tier ACT Open for the first time in 3 years!
Please keep an eye out for our Facebook page (ACT Badminton Association) and Instagram @badmintonact for more details TBA.
We are so excited to be able to welcome all those outside of the ACT (as well as our fellow Canberrans of course!).
Open Grade players have the chance to win $500 ($250ea for MD, WD, XD players), get keen!
Date: 18 – 19 November 2023
Events: MS, WS, MD, WD, XD
Grades: Open, B, C, D
Are you interested in becoming a badminton umpire?
You could have a fun, exciting and fulfilling career as a badminton technical official!
National Accredited Umpiring Course
Presenter and assessor: Sheehan Lim
A bit about the course:
The national accredited umpire course is the foundation level umpire course suitable for those who are interested in learning the basic rules of badminton umpiring including: basic rules, announcements, player conduct and court management.
This is a great foundation course for those who want to umpire at the local or state level and will set can candidates up well to progress to the national
Registration is now open for 2023 Phoenix Graded Junior Tournament at https://ba.tournamentsoftware.
This tournament is Open to ACT Juniors only. Juniors must be under the age of 18. Events in this tournament are Mixed Gender entries for both Singles and Doubles.
A Grade is for Juniors with Competition experience (eg. ANU Closed B/C Grade)
B Grade is for Juniors with Training experience (eg. ACT Squad or ANU Closed D Grade)
C Grade is for Juniors with Social experience in ACT clubs
D Grade is for Junior Beginners
Events: A, B, C, D
Players from ACT took part in the U19 Team competition (CP Maddern Trophy) and U19 National Championships, hosted by Badminton South Australia (3-8 Jul 2023). The team fought hard to finish 3rd place in Div 2 of the team competition, and earn well deserved Bronze medals!
BACT has arranged for our first Badminton Australia Foundation Level coaching course (physical component) to be held:
Badminton Coaching Foundation Course – 9th of July 2023 at Canberra Grammar School – 8:30am to 4:30pm. (BYO lunch)
This course is a prerequisite to all the BWF Level Coaching courses, and is the minimum required accreditation for coaching at Australian national events. The course is half online (via Badminton Australia) and half in-person.
Registration for this in-person course is required as places are limited (18). Currently active coaches or those wishing to be active coaches in their clubs or schools, will be
Registration is now open for our ANU Closed Tournament, register here.
Events: MS, WS, MD, WD, XD
Note: for doubles events, it is recommended you enter with a partner, however we will try our best to allocate one if you do not have one – please include it in the notes of your entry.
Recommendations for divisions – please read below before you enter!
A and C grade: Saturday 22 July, 10-5pm
B and D grade: Sunday 23 July, 10-5pm
A more detailed schedule of exact event times will be released later!
Club members: $30 first
BACT is pleased to advise that the second Interclub of 2023 is to be held on Saturday 8 July at the CGS Gym! Entries close 29 June 2023.
- You must be a member of a BACT affiliated club to join. Contact your club manager to enter yourself or a team!
- BACT Interclub Challenges are round robin team challenges made up of double events. Teams of 4-6 will play against each other in Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, and 2 x Mixed Doubles.
- Minimum requirement is 2 x females and 2 x males.
BACT is currently trialling a players rating system and
ANU Closed 2023 entries are now open. All ACT players are welcome, click here to enter! Entries close 8 July.
A, B, C & D.
SATURDAY 22 July: 10am – 5pm
SUNDAY 23 July: 10am – 5pm
Schedule can be found on the Tournament Software link above or ANU Badminton Club Facebook page in coming weeks.
Australian National University – ANU Sport
After a long wait, we finally have our beautiful photos of the BACT April Interclub Challenge held at CGS. Thank you to all of our ACT players and clubs for attending and making this event happen. This event would not have been possible without our Match Secretary Brideen Allen. Thank you also to our BACT executive committee members.
Part 1: BACT April Interclub Winners! Stay tuned later this week for our action photos.
Huge thank you to our BACT photographer Quang Nguyen (@kwang.jpeg on Instagram)
2023 ACT Junior Badminton Open
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Canberra Grammar School, Red Hill, Sports Hall
40 Monaro Crescent, Red Hill
Age Group: U11, U13, U15, U17, U19
Event: Boy Singles, Girl Singles, Boy Doubles, Girl Doubles
In an expansive news story on ABC TV on 2 March, Daniel Akkidasari (Manager of the Capital Juniors Club) and Badminton ACT President, Olaf Schuermann, noted the very substantial growth in demand to play badminton in the ACT, particularly in the fast-growing Gungahlin region. This demand particularly reflects the growth in the population with backgrounds from countries where badminton is a key sport, such as the Indian sub-continent. The report noted that according to the 2021 Census, 13 per cent of the Gungahlin district population was born in south Asia, nearly double the 2016 figure and when compared to under