Major City Tournament

THE best badminton players in the country will converge on Bendigo next month for the return of the Australian National Championships.

Not only will the players compete for individual glory, they will also play for a place in Team Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in July.

Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Association President Sam Daykin said it was great to have the first national badminton tournament of 2022 taking place in Bendigo.

“This will see the profile of badminton in Bendigo gain significant coverage and hopefully increase our participation rates and see some junior and senior players join the association and want to play badminton,” he said.

Australian Olympians from Tokyo Hsuan-yu Wendy Chen and Gronya Somerville will compete, along with future players Jack Yu, Kaitlin Ea and Angela Yu.

BEBA has previously held national Under-19 and Under-17 carnivals, as well as the 2005 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Daykin said the association had raised their hands to host the badminton event at the 2026 Commonwealth Games, which is likely to be held in regional Victoria.

“We have a world-class stadium designed solely for badminton, with 16 dedicated courts,” he said.

“Of the three major regional cities of Victoria, Bendigo, Ballarat or Geelong, we probably have the best stadium, I’d like to think we’re in contention with a great chance.”

The National Championships begin on Sunday April 10 with a team event until Tuesday April 12, then the individual tournament from Wednesday to Friday.

Tickets will be available at the door at the Bendigo Eaglehawk Badminton Stadium on Victoria Street.

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