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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.


Badminton Australia has appointed Ian Bridge to the National Para-Badminton Coach position. This is a part-time volunteer position whereby all expenses associated with official duties are covered by Badminton Australia. For all enquiries regarding para-badminton in Australia, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Badminton has been part of the Special Olympics World Summer Games since 1995 and will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Summer Games sports programme, which puts the sport in an exciting time to educate and unite communities, and improve quality of lives through sport.


What is Paralympic Sport?

In para-badminton, athletes are classified into “Sport Classes” to ensure fairness in competition. In para-badminton there are six Sport Classes. Every athlete is classified into one of the six Sport Classes before they can compete at an international level. This ensures that athletes compete in groups which take into account how their physical impairment affects their performance as a badminton player.


Para-Badminton Classification

In para-badminton, the classification process involves a medical examination and some badminton activities to show the classifiers what badminton movements and shots are easy or more difficult for the athlete. The Minimal Impairment Criteria for each of the Sport Classes is described in the BWF Classification Regulations. There are also opportunities to get involved in badminton's classification program.





All para-badminton players access the sport through a Club or Association in their State/Territory, and develop their skills in a similar pathway to able-bodied players on the FTEM framework.


Badminton Australia offers Provisional Classification (for anyone participating in club, school, or regional level) and National Classification (for anyone competing at state or national level championships). Badminton World Federation offers International Classification for anyone competing at international level events. The following Masterlist contains all para-badminton participants with a classification.



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 2018 Australian Para-Badminton Committee members are:

Their objectives include:

To express an interest in joining this Committee, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Keep up with their progress and follow/like the page on Facebook: Para-Badminton Australia 


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