Origin of the Sport

The sport of badminton probably had its origins in the ancient game known as battledore (bat or paddle) which originated more than 2000 years ago in the ancient civilisations of Europe and Asia.

In the 1600s the sport of battledore or shuttlecock was an upper class pastime in England and many European countries. However, a more modern form of the game called “Poon” – which involved a shuttlecock being hit across a net was played in India. British officers then took the game back to England in the middle of the 19th century where it was introduced as a game for guests at ‘Badminton’ the stately home of the Duke of Beaufort.

The first Open tournament was played in Guildford in 1898 with the inaugural All England Championships taking place the following year.  The International Badminton Federation was formed in 1934 with the first major IBF tournament - the Thomas Cup - held in 1948.

Badminton was introduced as part of the Commonwealth Games at the 1966 edition in Kingston, Jamaica. The sport made its Olympic bow as a full medal sport at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

How it Works

Badminton is an indoor racquet sport played with a shuttlecock on a court measuring 13.4m x 6.1m. The aim of the game is to hit the shuttlecock over the net and land it in the opponent’s half of the court. When you do this you win a rally or one point. A player can also win a rally from an opponent’s mistake; if he hits the shuttle into or under the net or out of the court. If the shuttle touches the ground the rally is over. All matches will be played as per the current BWF scoring system. All matches (team and individual events) will be the best of three games to 21 points, with extension until 29 all when the winner shall be the side winning the 30th point.

Format of the Tournament

The tournament will be organised across three divisions; Open, Competitive and Recreational. Within each division there will be men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles and a mixed team events. Age categories in each competition will be from 35+ 40+ 45+ etc all the way up to the oldest division 75+.

Expected number of competitors:  900

Kiwi Hero – Dan Shirley

The Aucklander enjoyed a lengthy international career securing the first of his four Commonwealth medals with a bronze aged just 19 in the team event at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games. Four years later at the Manchester edition he won mixed doubles bronze with Sara Petersen, whom he would go on to enjoy so much success, and a mixed team bronze. The greatest moment of his career came at the 2005 World Badminton Championships when he and Petersen won a memorable mixed double bronze. The following year the combination took Commonwealth Games silver in Melbourne.

Did You Know?

The best shuttlecock feathers are made from the left wing of a goose.

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