Player Profile: Oliver Linton

Name: Oliver Linton
Age: 20
Association: Manawatu
Para-badminton Classification: SL3

Oliver at Palmy Club before heading off to the Badminton Oceania para-badminton training camp in Australia

Getting into Badminton
Q. What was your first experience of playing badminton?
A. I played in the Manawatu Badminton Secondary School Competition when I was in year 9 at school.

Q. Where did you go to play badminton on a more regular basis?
A. I play socially at Crossroads Church. Then I contacted the local Palmerston North Badminton Club, who play at Arena Manawatu on Tuesday’s.

Q. When did you realise you wanted to play at a high level?
A. I realised I needed some coaching in late 2018 if I was going to improve and enjoy badminton.

Q. What were the next steps and what organisations were able to help you?
A. Manawatu Badminton Association for badminton coaching. Parafed Manawatu for initial encouragement.

A new top for the international training camp and tournament in Melbourne.

Badminton Oceania Para-Badminton Training Camp
Q. What does your weekly training schedule involve?
Monday: One-to-one coaching with Joshua Curry at St Peter’s College
Tuesday: Palmerston North Badminton Club night 7:30pm at Arena Manawatu
Wednesday: 30 minute run and practice drills
Thursday: Badminton at Crossroads Church
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 20 minute run
Sunday: United Badminton Club 2pm at PN Intermediate Normal School

Q. How does it feel to be travelling to Australia as part of a New Zealand contingent?
A. Fantastic and I am really looking forward to it.

Q. Do you have any specific goals you want to achieve during or after the camp?
A. I want to have fun and do my best, especially in doubles. I want to test my ability level against other para-badminton players.

Badminton is a sport for all and for the first time para-badminton will be included in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. As with badminton, para-badminton athletes will compete in mens and womens singles, mens and womens doubles and mixed doubles. To ensure fairness, athletes are divided into six classifications: WH1, WH2, SL3, SL4, SU5, SS6.
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Inter-Association: SUPER Super-Vets!

Saturday 8th June saw 3 Manawatu teams playing Inter-Association ties across the central and lower North Island. Super-Vets were in Taranaki, while Senior Div 3 played at Wellington North & Senior Div 5 was in action in Rotorua.

Beat Taranaki 6-3 & Beat Northland 6-3

Manager Simon Allan:
“There was a gale blowing in New Plymouth as the Manawatu Super-vets stormed into town and put two matches under their belt! It was a case of 6:3, 6:3 in a great performance by all players. Our thanks to Janice Cudby, (a youngster and whose games have to be forfeited due to age!) for supporting the women and allowing the full matches to be played. This bodes well for Manawatu Super-vets retaining the Division 1 status come season’s end. It truly is amazing to see these older people play. Be assured we are keeping a space for aging badminton players in the future, should you reach the critical age and manage to oust the present thriving members of the squad!”

Joshua & Jason in action for Senior Div 3 against Auckland 3

Senior Div 3
Lost to Auckland 3 10-1 & Lost to Wellington 1 10-1

Manager Joshua Curry:
“Last weekend was a challenging weekend for our Div 3 team coming up against 2 of the strongest teams in the division in Auckland 3 and Wellington 1. While going down 10-1 in both ties, there were some encouraging signs with our younger players stepping up and becoming more competitive in their matches showing noticeable improvement over the first weekend. Against Auckland Ben and Fiona fought hard in their mixed to secure us our only win in a tight 3 game match. In our 2nd tie it was Isabella and Fiona that pulled through for a solid win against Wellington in the doubles. Isabella came oh so close to a victory in the 3rd game of her singles against an experienced Tracey Tham eventually going down 25-23.”

Senior Div 5 @ Rotorua Badminton Hall
Jason, Danielle, Jessica, Jamie
Chris, Jovanah, Rose, James

Senior Div 5
Beat Wellington North 3 6-5 & Beat Counties Manukau 3 6-5

Manager James Veitch:
“With two (not-so-new) faces coming into the team to replace absence and injury, the team put in 2 fantastic performances to snatch both wins from our ties this weekend. Special mentions must go to Jamie and Rose for stepping into the team, as well as Jovanah & Chris, who both extended their undefeated records in singles! The days play culminated when heading into the final 3 mixed matches, needing all 3 for the win against Counties Manukau 3, to whom we lost 9-7 last year… cue celebrations! Congratulations to both Jovanah & Rose who jointly shared MVP for this weekend, with Jason a close third.”

Jamie & Jason in action for Senior Div 5 against Counties Manukau 3

Inter-Association: Masters & Vets chalk up the wins

Manawatu Vets 1 team hosted a round of Veterans Division 2 ties at the Feilding Civic Centre on 18th May. Both Masters teams were in action on 25th May, with Masters 1 in Wellington and Masters 2 in Waitakere.

Vets 1
Beat Taranaki 1 9-0 & Beat Hutt Valley 6-3

Manager Claire James:
Despite a really sick Dave, rubbish weather and Michele lying on a beach somewhere, the Vets 1 team made a solid start to the season with wins over both Taranaki 1 and Hutt Valley. Greg was welcomed into the team, slotting in seamlessly and achieving good results. Overall everyone played well and the nutritional nourishment supplied by the team was well received by our visitors.

Masters 1 in action at Wellington Badminton Centre
(Photo Credit: Wayne Young)

Masters 1
Lost to Waitakere 3 10-2 & Beat Hutt Valley 1 8-4

Manager Wayne Young:
“Masters 1 played Waitakere 3 and Hutt Valley 1 in Division 2 on the weekend. The team lost to Waitakere 10-2, with a number of tight games that didn’t go our way in the end. However, we registered an 8-4 win against Hutt Valley. It was a good team effort, including a win from Malcolm, our newest team member who had never played at this level before.”

Janice & Greg in action for Masters 2 against Auckland at Waitakere Badminton Centre
(Photo Credit: Paul Foxall)

Masters 2
Beat Auckland 6 8-4 & Lost to Auckland 5 8-4

Well done to the team for picking up their first win of the season. Lots of new faces in the Masters 2 team, who have settled in well and collecting their first victories. A promising start to the season.

Jo and (a very casual) Sandeep in action for Masters 2 against Auckland at Waitakere Badminton Centre
(Photo Credit: Paul Foxall)

Senior & Super-Vet Inter-Association – First Weekend!

Manawatu had 3 rep teams in action last weekend, with the Super-Vets playing in Wanganui, Senior Div 3 team in Wellington and the Senior Div 5 team up at North Harbour.

Lost to Counties 5-4 & Lost to Wanganui 6-3

Manager Simon Allan:
“A spirited fight by Manawatu Supervets gave entertaining and competitive games but, unfortunately, no wins. The competition was intense and the results close. All players felt that a good effort had been made and we are encouraged by the first matches of the season.”

Senior Div 3 @ Wellington Badminton Centre
William, Joshua, Fiona, Ben, Isabella, Jason

Senior Div 3
Lost to North Harbour 4 10-1 & Beat Wellington North 2 8-3

Manager Joshua Curry:
“While the tie score is very one sided, our new players did well and were very competitive with some close matches. William in particular came very close in 3 games in his singles.  The second tie against Wellington North was a fantastic result, for what was for most our team their first time in Div 3. Jason, Christina and Isabella all got their first singles wins on the board.”

Senior Div 5 @ North Harbour
Sujay, Jason, Danielle, James, Cassandra
Chris, Jovanah, Jessica

Senior Div 5
Lost to North Harbour 5 9-2 & Beat Bay of Plenty 2 7-4

Manager James Veitch:
“NH5 first up was always going to be tough, but the matches were much closer than the score indicates. The team did so well to dust themselves down and take on an improved BOP team from last year. The 3 new players (Jovanah, Jason & Chris) coming into the team this year played incredibly well with Jovanah & Chris picking up their first singles wins of the season. Jovanah in particular contributed a huge amount and was voted MVP for the weekend.”