Friday, 14 Jun 2024

Badminton Pan America

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games marked a significant milestone for badminton, highlighting the commitment of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in advancing the sport globally.

In April 2022, Barbados proudly became the first Caribbean country to host the BWF-IPC Para Badminton Technical Workshop. This event, originally scheduled for 2021 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attracted participants from nine countries. A total of 37 individuals, including coaches, players, and administrators from Barbados, Colombia, Jamaica, Aruba, Suriname, Dominican Republic, St Lucia, and Mexico, gathered at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown from 25-27 April.

The workshop comprised various activities to nurture the sport’s growth, such as the Player Development Camp and Disability Coaching Workshop. Led by BWF Experts Kaitlyn Hall, Dina Abouzeid, and Adrian Gomez, these sessions provided valuable insights to 18 players and eight coaches. Additionally, the National Administrators Workshop, conducted by John Shearer and Juan Pablo Alvarado, benefited 10 administrators. Pilar Carrillo, a BWF Council Member and Deputy Chair of the Para Badminton Committee, also graced the occasion.

Furthermore, the workshop featured a National Level 1 Classifier Workshop, skillfully delivered by BWF Senior Classifier Jose Maria Lopez Chema to 11 participants. This comprehensive training ensured that individuals gained the necessary expertise to accurately classify athletes.

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The Badminton Pan America region is eagerly looking forward to the future of Para badminton. The upcoming 2022 Pan Am Para Badminton Continental Championships, 2023 Para Pan Am Games, and the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games will further propel the development and recognition of Para badminton.

Dionne Haynes, Vice-President of the Barbados Badminton Association, emphasized the significance of the workshop in providing international classification opportunities for Para badminton athletes. Moreover, it serves as a valuable platform for coaches in the region to enhance their skills in training Para shuttlers. The acquired knowledge can then be shared at the national level, fostering the growth of Para badminton within Pan America.

Kevin Wood, President of the Barbados Badminton Association, applauded the initiative as it aligns with their mission of making badminton fully accessible to all individuals. He recognized the positive impact of the workshop in creating opportunities for Para badminton competitions.

D’andre Thorpe, a coach from Barbados, expressed appreciation for the unique experience the workshop offered. Learning wheelchair techniques and movements firsthand not only benefited his coaching expertise but also provided valuable insights into the challenges faced by Para athletes.

As the sport continues to flourish, the Badminton Pan America region remains dedicated to supporting Para badminton’s growth, with a keen focus on the upcoming major events. The knowledge gained from the workshop will undoubtedly contribute to the future success of Pan American Para badminton athletes, coaches, administrators, and classifiers.

FAQs

Q: What was the purpose of the BWF-IPC Para Badminton Technical Workshop in Barbados?

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A: The workshop aimed to enhance the development of Para badminton globally and provide valuable training and knowledge to coaches, players, and administrators.

Q: How many participants attended the BWF-IPC Para Badminton Technical Workshop in Barbados?

A: The workshop attracted participants from nine countries, with a total of 37 individuals, including coaches, players, and administrators.

Q: What activities were conducted during the workshop?

A: The workshop featured activities such as the Player Development Camp and Disability Coaching Workshop, National Administrators Workshop, and National Level 1 Classifier Workshop.

Q: Who led the training sessions during the workshop?

A: Experts from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) conducted the training sessions, including Kaitlyn Hall, Dina Abouzeid, Adrian Gomez, John Shearer, Juan Pablo Alvarado, and Jose Maria Lopez Chema.

Summary

The Badminton Pan America region made history by hosting the BWF-IPC Para Badminton Technical Workshop in Barbados. This workshop aimed to advance the development of Para badminton globally and provided valuable training to coaches, players, and administrators. With participants from nine countries, the workshop included activities such as player development, coaching workshops, administrators training, and classification workshops. The event served as a significant step towards promoting Para badminton within Pan America. The region looks forward to the upcoming major championships and Paralympic Games while continuing to support and nurture Para badminton athletes.