Badminton Australia endorses the notion of sport of all. Those participating in the broader badminton community come from diverse backgrounds and this is one of the strengths of our sport. This also includes the participation of people from diverse athletic abilities, including people with a specific needs or disability.
Badminton Australia encourages participation and active involvement of people with a disability, and for all Clubs/Associations to foster para-badminton activities and development. Badminton is enjoyed internationally by millions of people of all ages and abilities, and develops both fundamental physical skills and life skills. Para-Badminton caters to all, as it is a sport for social participation and for those who desire to represent Australia at a competitive level. People with physical (Appendix 1) or intellectual (Appendix 2) disabilities can play badminton in singles, doubles or mixed doubles. It is a sport that explores speed changes, reaction time demands, muscular strength and endurance challenges, and is heart-pumping fun.
APPENDIX 1: PARA-BADMINTON SPORT CATEGORIES
- Wheelchair Sport Class (WH1): Players with impairments in both lower limbs and trunk function (eg. spinal injury, scoliosis, multiple sclerosis)
- Wheelchair Sport Class (WH2): Players with impairments in one or both lower limbs and minimal or no impairments of the trunk (eg. spina bifida, above knee amputation)
- Standing Sport Class (SL3): Players with impairments in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance (eg. above knee amputation, double below knee amputation, cerebral palsy)
- Standing Sport Class (SL4): Players with lesser impairments compared to SL3 (eg. below knee amputation, cerebral palsy, hip dysplasia, leg length differences)
- Standing Sport Class (SU5): Players with impairments of the upper limbs (eg. upper limb amputation, upper limb deficiency)
- Short Stature Class (SS6): Players with genetic short stature condition, often referred to as 'dwarfism'
Appendix 2: SPECIAL OLYMPICS SPORT EVENTS
- Mixed Doubles
- Unified Doubles
- Unified Mixed Doubles
- Individual Skills Competition
AUSTRALIAN PARA-BADMINTON COMMITTEE
The Australian Para-Badminton Committee is responsible for raising awareness within and outside the badminton community about the needs of people with a disability and for communicating to Clubs/Associations on ways to include people with a disability. The 2017 Australian Para-Badminton Committee members are:
- Marianne Loh (Program Manager)
- Paul Kern (Board Member)
- Ian Bridge
- Kay Coady
- Michelle Au
Their objectives include:
- Develop a network of people with a disability in badminton;
- Encourag the active participation of people with a disability in our sport incorporating modified rules and classifications to ensure fairness and safety;
- Seek funding for badminton programs for people with a disability so that good practice models can be developed and shared across our sport;
- Liaise with State/Territory Associations and their Clubs/Associations to raise awareness of the needs of people with a disability and ways to include people with a disability.
- Liaise with stakeholders (eg. Badminton World Federation, Disability Sport Australia, Australian Paralympic Committee) to encourage participation of badminton players at international events;
- Review Badminton Australia policies and procedures to ensure they are relevant to the needs and aspirations of people with disability in our sport;
- Develop an annual plan of activities, including outcomes and detailing the proposed budget required to meet these outcomes;
- Meet regularly to plan and review progress towards planned outcomes;
- Liaise with other Badminton Australia Committees to achieve shared outcomes.
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