Badminton is a sport that uses racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".
Para-Badminton is a sport for all. Para-badminton is a sport which can be played by both men and women of any age with a physical impairment. It is a growing sport that is attracting more and more participants every year both competitively and socially.
Official rules and regulations were agreed upon in 2013 and in 2014 it was selected to be played in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics. 2020 will be para-badminton’s Paralympic debut.
Local Badminton Opportunities
You should always start at your local badminton club. Canberra has a bunch of badminton clubs in every part of the city that cater for people young and old. Whether you are just starting out, have been participating for years, or want to get involved as a coach, official or volunteer, we're confident your local club would love to get you involved.
Visit the ACT Badminton Association website or click on the image below to find your local club.
National and international opportunities
Badminton was included in the Tokyo Paralympic Summer Games sports program, which puts the sport in an exciting time to educate and unite communities and improve quality of lives through 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 consider how their physical impairment affects their performance as a badminton player. Check out the video below to find out more.