USA Badminton to Host Intro to Para-Badminton in CA
4 Dec, 2015
USA Badminton with the United States Olympic Committee is holding the first Introduction to Para-Badminton for coaches to educate and recruit coaches into USA Para-Badminton's pipeline to assist in coach development and also help with the recruitment of potential athletes.
This session is open to area badminton coaches, Paralympic Sport Club representatives, VA Medical Center and Veteran Service Organization professionals, local school systems, Rehabilitation Hospital professionals and sport and disability professionals interested in Paralympic badminton.
The event is on December 12, 2015 at the Riekes Center in Menlo Park, CA. USA Badminton is planning for future events around the country for training and recruitment for Para-Badminton in 2016.
Para-Badminton has been competed in internationally since the 1990’s, with the first World Championships taking place in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, in 1998. But it wasn’t until 2011 that the sport was brought under the governance of the Badminton World Federation.
There have been nine World Championships to date, with the last taking place in Dortmund, Germany in 2013, which saw a record turnout of 235 athletes from 36 countries competing in 23 medal events.
Athletes compete in six different classes, with 45 countries across five regions currently practicing the sport.
Information is available at this link.