Badminton Oceania is excited to share the eagerly awaited History Document. Building on a year of research and previous documentation which highlights the moments from the last century which have shaped the organisation into what it is today.
Formed on 21 May 1987, Badminton Oceania has celebrated extraordinary growth. From the original founding members (Roy Ward, Heather Robson, Ian Palmer, Dr Jeffrey Robson and Cedric Baxter) to employing the first paid member of staff in 1998, the workforce has expanded to a team of 10 across New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji, working with 16 Member Associations.
Currently there are 16 members of Badminton Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tahiti, Tonga, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Guam and New Caledonia.
The document recognises several other historical moments with have influenced badminton in Oceania, including the Whyte Trophy, Committees, Olympic and Commonwealth representation, technical officials and BWF sanctioned tournaments (dating as far back as 1989) and more – all mapped out in an evolutionary timeline which celebrates key achievements for badminton and the organisation since 1900.
Despite a challenging year, Badminton Oceania is excited to continue evolving the world’s fastest racket sports in one of the most unique regions in the world and you are invited to read and share this publication with enthusiastic badminton followers.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thanks our members and founders who have helped us to shape much of the content needed to create the history document. It is great to see the history of our organisation laid out in this easy-to-read and modern format which we will continue to add to each year as to ensure our key achievements and people continue to be recognised”, says Julie Carrel, Secretary general of Badminton Oceania.
You can view or download the publication here.