“One Sport – One Team”
Badminton is a sport for all, meaning that it is accessible to people with a physical impairment. Aligned with the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) "One Sport – One Team" philosophy, Para-badminton will debut as a Paralympic sport in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Para-badminton players are grouped to compete in one of six Sport Classes to ensure fair and safe competition.
Wheelchair Sport Classes – WH 1 and WH 2
Standing Sport Classes – SL 3, SL 4 and SU 5
Short Stature Sport Class – SS 6
This grouping is carried out by trained classifiers, who evaluate players and determine their sport class and sport class status for play in tournaments. More information about the different sport classes and the Classification Regulations can be downloaded here.
How to play
Each Sport Class has modified badminton rules to suit varying physical impairments and requirements. For example, Wheelchair Sport Classes have a restricted field of play and is preferably played on wooden flooring.
These rules can be found in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Statutes.
Where to play
Badminton Victoria is working with community partners and our member clubs, associations and venues to develop Para-Badminton programs throughout the state.
Ability Para Badminton Club
Victoria's first established Para-Badminton community.
Badminton Victoria welcomed the Ability Para Badminton Club as a new member club in 2018. Ability Para Badminton Club is a first in the Victorian community, who are solely orientated towards the participation and development of people with a physical disability who are interested in giving badminton a swing.
Current club members are enthusiastic participants in categories WH1&2, SL3&4, SU5 and SS6 of Para-Badminton.