Coaching is the most challenging area when it comes to gender equity in badminton. However, a BWF Level 1 Coaching Course held in Melbourne earlier this year smashed the targets for female representation.
While the International Olympic Committee and Badminton World Federation strive for 30% female representation across programme areas, Badminton Oceania is also committed to strengthening gender equity across everything that we do. The organisational aim is to achieve a minimum representation of 40% of the under-represented gender by 2024.
The second and final BWF Level 1 coach course took place in Melbourne with a total of 18 participants registered – eight of which were female, equating to 44% representation.
Two of the participants, Lakshmi and Carol, travelled from Tasmania to undertake the course so they can improve the quality of coaching on offer back home.
“I would love to see the students of mine excel well in badminton. To make students learn both winning and losing as one. To improve their personal, social, emotional, intellectual, and tactical seen as a whole,” said Lakshmi.
Moreover, Carol expressed her interest in continuing her coaching accreditations, with aspirations to complete the BWF Level 2 award along with opportunities in Para badminton. With this, she plans to assist the surge in Para badminton popularity and quality of coaching in Hobart (Tasmania), where she currently volunteers at a weekly ‘all abilities’ session.
Nonetheless, the lack of female representation continues to be acknowledged by coaches who insist there is a need for greater female role models.
“I think female coaches are underrepresented which causes other women to back off [from coaching],” said Lakshmi.
“It was promising to see an increase in female coaches showing an interest in gaining this qualification as we are keen to encourage more females not only into coaching, but other key areas in badminton too,” said course facilitator, Ian Bridge, who is also Badminton Oceania’s Coaching and Development Officer.
Elsewhere in badminton, Badminton Oceania is proud to have a strong balance between female and male participants across all areas; the Executive Board, staff, Technical Officials, coaches, administrators, Shuttle Time trainers, tutors and teachers, players and volunteers.
If you are interested in pursuing a coaching qualification, check out the Coach Education page for more information.
Article adapted from Badminton Oceania website.