Badminton is a Paralympic sport, officially becoming part of the Paralympic Games in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. Manitoba Badminton Association believes badminton is a sport for everyone, and should be accessible to all. Para-badminton reaches those with physical impairment giving access and fair play. This page hopes to share resources and programs relating to para-badminton, and para-badminton within Manitoba.
There are six sport classes to ensure fairness in the sport, classified below (taken from the BWF website on para-badminton).
Wheelchair 1 WH 1
Players in this class require a wheelchair to play badminton. Players in this Sport Class usually have impairment in both lower limbs and trunk function.
Wheelchair 2 WH 2
A player in this class could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and minimal or no impairment of the trunk. Players are required to play on a wheelchair in this class.
Standing Lower SL 3
In this class, a player must play standing. The player could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance.
Standing Lower SL 4
A second standing class where the player has a lesser impairment compared to Sport Class SL 3. The player could have impairment in one or both lower limbs and minimal impairment in walking/running balance.
Standing Upper SU 5
The players in this class have impairment of the upper limbs. The impairment could be on the playing or non-playing hand.
Short Stature SH 6
These are players who have a short stature due to a genetic condition often referred to as “dwarfism”.
Badminton Canada Introduction to Para-Badminton
Official Canadian Para-Badminton Classifications
Badminton World Federation Para-Badminton Information
CAC Coaching Athletes with a Disability
No Accidental Champions: LTAD for Athletes with a Disability (2nd Edition) - A document on effective training, planning and coaching for long-term athlete development for athletes with a disability.
Training Athletes with a Physical Disability - A document outlining how to work on the 5 “S’s” of LTAD, strength, stamina, suppleness, speed, and skill.
Quality Sport Checklist for Inclusive Communities and Clubs
Manitoba Association for Wheelchair Sports
Manitoba's Olivia Meier heads to the Tokoyo Paralympics!
Check out the news releases HERE.
For questions about the Para-Badminton program in Manitoba, please contact [email protected]