Updated: Sep 12, 2019
Badminton Victoria is pleased to bring the annual Badminton Victoria Junior Teams Championships to regional Victoria in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo. The championships are being held at the Eaglehawk Badminton and Table Tennis Stadium over the weekend of 21-22 September 2019. This will be the first time the event is being hosted outside of Melbourne in its current format.
The Badminton Victoria Junior Teams Championships is a prestigious sporting event and a celebration of junior badminton in the state. Every year, the event has attracted around 300 attendees, including over 250 competitors in over 35 teams, with supporting coaches, managers, volunteers and families. Badminton teams from around Victoria will compete in five age groups offered at the championships: Under 11, Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19.
With increasing interest in Badminton Victoria Junior Teams Championships, the event has also been extended across two days. Moreover, an eased schedule means teams will have plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful sites and attractions in the Greater Bendigo region.
City of Greater Bendigo Tourism and Major Events Manager Terry Karamaloudis said he was excited to see the championships come to regional Victoria.
“We are always pleased to welcome events like this to Bendigo because they are a great opportunity to show off our city to visitors and provide a fantastic boost to our local economy. There is much to see and do, and we encourage people to make our Visitor Centre their first stop so as they can plan for a great stay,” Mr Karamaloudis said.
“We have fantastic restaurants and cafes, great tourism attractions including the Central Deborah Goldmine and Golden Dragon Museum, our renowned Bendigo Art Gallery and beautiful natural surrounds. There’s something for everyone and we look forward to welcoming all competitors, their families and supporters.”
For a predominantly individual-based sport like badminton, the opportunities for team competition are rare. Tournaments and Events Manager of Badminton Victoria, Olivia Na, shares this insight as an ex-badminton athlete.
"Growing up competing in the sport, I loved the team environment. Team events helped me learn how support others and rally together to contribute more than what you do individually on the badminton court. Sometimes it meant creating a team chant or taking turns to refill water-bottles for your teammates."
"To travel as part of state and national teams added another level of fun. Whether we were carpooling in a van or flying overseas, we always found ways to entertain ourselves and get to know our teammates better. I believe offering that opportunity to our local juniors can boost the morale of a budding young athlete of any ability or background."
Badminton Victoria is also working with member Eaglehawk/Bendigo District Badminton Association to showcase badminton to the local region. Shaye Threlfall from the association shares the same enthusiasm to share the rich history of badminton in the area as well.
"Eaglehawk/Bendigo and District Badminton Association has been a long-standing club in the area. Through our junior development over the years, we have had local players compete for State, National and Olympic teams. We have regular junior competition and run successful State and National Tournaments,” Shaye reflected.
“Badminton is a great sport where you can have lots of fun."
If you want to be a part of the action of the Badminton Victoria Junior Teams, information will be available here.
For further information about the event, contact Olivia Na or Nick Pettitt at the Badminton Victoria office on 03 9686 4777 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full Media Release can be downloaded here.