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On Saturday 15th February Badminton Oceania’s Women in Badminton (WIB) working group hosted and organised a dinner and celebrated the inaugural winner of the Oceania Badminton POWA (President of Oceania Women’s Award) award
The dinner was attended by all the players, officials, volunteers from the 2014 Oceania Championships including the Chair of BWF Womens Commission Geraldine Brown, Badminton Oceania Board members, representatives of Tonga National Olympic Committee and BWF Referee’s.
The dinner was a relaxed and informal meal after a few games of lawn bowls and was designed to recognise the achievements of the women in Badminton from the region.
The WIB were delighted to welcome as guest speaker to the dinner Diane Gallagher the sport operations manager with the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA). Dianne gave a very engaging account of her experiences as a woman in sport administration. Starting as a volunteer and then deciding to pursue as a career. She also indicated that there are numerous opportunities within the sporting world for other types of careers, medical, coaching and talked about how many support people the ACGA take to the Commonwealth Games and the opportunities in other Multi sport events. She concluded with her positive experiences in sport with the changing attitudes toward women throughout her sporting and professional career.
After Dianne spoke Geraldine welcomed the finalists of the POWA who were
Judith Cousins ( Western Australia)
Judith has been involved in badminton for forty years, in administration, at various times as secretary, president and committee member of Western Australia she was also a Badminton Australia Board member for some years.
Val Nesbitt (Victoria, Australia)
Val has had 60 years in the sport as a Badminton Victoria Board Member, Junior Board member, instigator of the Australisian under 17 tournament and also the Atalanta Jambouree which has over 300 women participants every year.
Leody Vainikolo (Tonga)
Leody set up Tonga Badminton about five years ago so only recently been involved with Badminton. She is the President and all her children now play. With her foresight and organizational skills Tonga have National Development Officers working in Tonga delivering the ShuttleTime programme they have received ASOP and now AUSAid funding to continue the wonderful work they started 5 years ago.
The winner was Val Nesbitt (Victoria) Australia.