This weekend, in partnership with the University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ), the New Zealand Tertiary Championships (NZTC) will take place at Counties Manukau Badminton. Despite being rescheduled from August, the event does not miss a beat with seven university teams competing in a five-match format to take home the prized Robson Shield.

The NZTC is live on Sky Sport Next with the following schedule:

Our livestream welcomes fresh voices to the commentary team, with University alumni Justine Villegas (University of Auckland), Anona Pak (Massey University) and Rayna Phillips (Victoria University of Wellington) joining the renowned Andrew Dewhurst.

The Tertiary Championships features a top-class field with ten National squad members, a sprinkling of past World Junior Championships representatives and former Junior National champions across the teams.

Defending Champions University of Waikato will face a tough battle to retain the Robson Shield

The University of Auckland has two strong teams, with their top side comfortably seeded. This team features Dacmen Vong, Alyssa Tagle and youth-Olympian Oscar Guo, among others. Nonetheless, there will be plenty fireworks as defending champions, University of Waikato, return alongside 2019 silver medallists, Massey University. But do not write-off AUT, led by NZ Team stalwart Sally Fu or the University of Otago’s all-round team featuring popular South Island names Aaron Ng, Jake Dickson and Lucy Thomsen.

Spectators are welcome to Counties Manukau this weekend, however numbers are limited, to comply with current COVID restrictions. A one-in one-out system will be in place if the limit is reached.

Alternatively, follow the journey online as these university teams battle it out to claim 2020’s National Tertiary Badminton Championship.

Dear Badminton Stakeholders

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today, New Zealand will shift current COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 with no extra restrictions at 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September. This means people in Auckland will be able to attend social gatherings in groups of up to 100 people. The NZ Government have stated that Auckland will remain in Alert Level 2 for at least two weeks.

The rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 at 11:59pm on Monday 21 September.

Please note the following implications:

  • The Central Region Masters Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 will proceed with no changes.
  • The Northern Region Masters Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 will proceed with no changes. This can be delivered within the Alert Level 2 restrictions.
  • The National Tertiary Championships scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 will proceed with no changes. This can be delivered within the Alert Level 2 restrictions.
  • The NZU13, NZU15, NZU17 and NZU19 National Championships will proceed as planned. The NZU13 and NZU17 events will be split to separate venues in North Harbour. The NZU15 and NZU19 will go ahead as planned as a combined event in Hamilton.
  • We will monitor the continuation of future events and competitions in accordance with the NZ Government updates and COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Please note that at all times our badminton community should first and foremost follow the requirements and advice of the New Zealand Government, the Ministry of Health and Sport New Zealand. The websites for these organisations are at the bottom of this email.

Our advice remains simple – follow the New Zealand Government and Sport New Zealand guidelines and ensure your community safety is put first. We recommend only continuing to participate and deliver badminton if it can be done safely while meeting all the requirements set out in the guidelines.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any Badminton New Zealand staff if you have questions, concerns or need help in any way.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Joe Hitchcock
Chief Executive
Badminton New Zealand

www.covid19.govt.nz
www.health.govt.nz
www.sportnz.org.nz

Dear Badminton Stakeholders

Following the Prime Ministers announcement today, New Zealand will remain at current COVID-19 Alert Levels.

The NZ Government will review the restrictions in Auckland on Monday 21st September 2020 with the hope of increasing mass gatherings to  100 from Wednesday 23rd September 2020.

If cases continue to track as they are and containment of cases is maintained, the NZ Government will likely shift the rest of New Zealand to Alert Level 1. From 11:59pm on Monday 21st September 2020.

Please note the following implications:

  • The Central Region Super Veterans Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 19th and 20th September 2020 will proceed with no changes.
  • The Northern Region Super Veterans Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 19th and 20th September 2020 is cancelled. We know this will be disappointing for players and we share this frustration. Badminton New Zealand will provide a full refund for all teams and associations for this competition.
  • The Central Region Masters Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 will proceed with no changes.
  • The Northern Region Masters Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 will proceed if the Alert Level 2 restrictions in Auckland move to allow mass gatherings of up to 100 people. This decision will be made on Monday 21st September 2020. We appreciate that this is late notice and some teams may need to default matches. Please keep in touch with Sam at [email protected] if you have any questions.
  • The National Tertiary Championships is scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 and will proceed if the Alert Level 2 restrictions in Auckland move to allow mass gatherings of up to 100 people. This decision will be made on Monday 21st September 2020. Badminton New Zealand will make all event decisions in partnership with University & Tertiary Sport NZ.
  • Badminton New Zealand have opened entries for the NZU13, NZU15, NZU17 and NZU19 National Championships and that these close on Wednesday.
  • Badminton New Zealand strongly recommends that all badminton associations, clubs, facilities, activities, events and competitions follow the Alert Level guidelines. Please contact us if you need any assistance in this area.
  • We will monitor the continuation of future events and competitions in accordance with the NZ Government updates and COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Please note that at all times our badminton community should first and foremost follow the requirements and advice of the New Zealand Government, the Ministry of Health and Sport New Zealand. The websites for these organisations are at the bottom of this email.

Our advice remains simple – follow the New Zealand Government and Sport New Zealand guidelines and ensure your community safety is put first. We recommend only continuing to participate and deliver badminton if it can be done safely while meeting all the requirements set out in the guidelines.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any Badminton New Zealand staff if you have questions, concerns or need help in any way.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue to work through these challenging times. We will have another update on Monday 21st September 2020.

Many thanks

Joe Hitchcock
Chief Executive
Badminton New Zealand

www.covid19.govt.nz
www.health.govt.nz
www.sportnz.org.nz

Dear Badminton Associations

Following the Prime Ministers announcement today that New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2. Extra restrictions will continue in the Auckland region for gatherings.

The Alert Levels will next be reviewed on Monday 14 September. If the restrictions do change, this will happen at 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 September.

As such, Badminton New Zealand have made the decision to cancel the Northern Region Senior Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 12th and 13th September 2020.

Unfortunately this means we will also cancel the Northern Region Senior Inter-Association competition season as a whole due to the limited time available to reschedule ties.

We know this will be disappointing for players and our badminton community and we share this frustration. Badminton New Zealand will provide a full refund for all teams and associations for this competition.

We believe it is best to wait to make a decision on the Northern Region Super Veterans Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 19th and 20th September 2020. It is our hope that the update from the NZ Government on Monday 14th September will be positive in allowing this competition to go ahead. We totally understand if teams / associations want to make a decision for themselves earlier and if you do, please get in contact with Sam Paterson at [email protected].

Please note that the Central Region Inter-Association competition will proceed as planned.

Please let us know if there are any questions in regards to this information.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue to work through these challenging times.

Many thanks

Joe Hitchcock
Chief Executive
Badminton New Zealand

Dear Badminton Stakeholders

I hope you are well and staying safe – it is great to see all of New Zealand now in Alert Level 2.

We wanted to touch base as there are badminton events and competitions coming up in September / October and we want to provide as much information as we can. We also want to ensure that if these events can go ahead, that they do so safely and in full compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions from the NZ Government.

A reminder that there are added restrictions for the Auckland region in Level 2 and that the New Zealand Government will review the current Alert Levels again before Sunday 6th September. We expect that an update will be provided Friday 4th September.

Badminton New Zealand believe that if badminton programmes, competitions and events can be played within the guidelines and requirements of the NZ COVID-19 Alert Levels, then they should be held. We do respect any individual, team, group or association that does not want to participate and we will continue to provide refunds and as much flexibility as possible.

This has the following impacts to Badminton New Zealand initiatives:

  • Badminton New Zealand is currently revising our operational guidelines at Alert Level 2. We’ll be in touch once these have been completed.
  • The Central Region Veterans Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 5th and 6th September 2020 will proceed with no changes.
  • The Central Region Senior Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 12th and 13th September 2020 will proceed with no changes.
  • The Northern Region Senior Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 12th and 13th September 2020 will proceed if the Alert Level 2 restrictions in Auckland move to allow mass gatherings of up to 100 people. We hope to have an update on this by the 4th September.
  • The Central Region Super Veterans Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 19th and 20th September 2020 will proceed with no changes.
  • The Northern Region Super Veterans Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 19th and 20th September 2020 will proceed if the Alert Level 2 restrictions in Auckland move to allow mass gatherings of up to 100 people. We hope to have an update on this by the 11th September.
  • The Central Region Masters Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 will proceed with no changes.
  • The Northern Region Masters Inter-Association competition scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 will proceed if the Alert Level 2 restrictions in Auckland move to allow mass gatherings of up to 100 people. We hope to have an update on this by the 18th September.
  • Badminton New Zealand will work with all Inter-Association hosts to ensure they understand and can comply with the COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. Venues that cannot comply should not host badminton programmes, events or competitions.
  • The National Tertiary Championships is scheduled for the 26th and 27th September 2020 and will proceed if the Alert Level 2 restrictions in Auckland move to allow mass gatherings of up to 100 people. Badminton New Zealand will make all event decisions in partnership with University & Tertiary Sport New Zealand.
  • Badminton New Zealand have opened entries for the NZU13, NZU15, NZU17 and NZU19 National Championships please note these important points:
    • These events will go ahead at Alert Level 2 and Alert Level 1 (if mass gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed under these levels)
    • If New Zealand is still in Alert Level 2 with mass gatherings of up to 100 people the age groups will be split into different venues (in the same region) and entries will be limited.
      • NZU13s will be limited to 40 male and 40 female entries on a first in first served basis.
      • NZU15s will be limited to 80 male and 80 female entries on a first in first served basis.
      • NZU17s will be limited to 80 male and 80 female entries on a first in first served basis.
      • NZU19s will be limited to 40 male and 40 female entries on a first in first served basis.
    • Badminton New Zealand will not allow spectators at the venue for these events if the mass gathering limit is 100 people. A limited number of Association representatives will be able to in the venue to support their players.
    • Players will still have the opportunity to compete in all disciplines and the draw and schedule will be completed to ensure maximum mass gathering numbers are not exceeded.
    • The Events Team will be in touch with more information regarding these events.
  • Badminton New Zealand strongly recommends that all badminton associations, clubs, facilities, activities, events and competitions follow the Alert Level guidelines. Please contact us if you need any assistance in this area.
  • We will monitor the continuation of future events and competitions in accordance with the NZ Government updates and COVID-19 Alert Levels.

Please note that at all times our badminton community should first and foremost follow the requirements and advice of the New Zealand Government, the Ministry of Health and Sport New Zealand. The websites for these organisations are at the bottom of this email.

Our advice remains simple – follow the New Zealand Government and Sport New Zealand guidelines and ensure your community safety is put first. We recommend only continuing to participate and deliver badminton if it can be done safely while meeting all the requirements set out in the guidelines.

Please note that this information can change quickly – so please check our website – www.badminton.org.nz and Facebook page for all the latest updates.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any Badminton New Zealand staff if you have questions, concerns or need help in any way.

I look forward to being in touch.

Many thanks

Joe Hitchcock
Chief Executive
Badminton New Zealand

www.covid19.govt.nz
www.health.govt.nz
www.sportnz.org.nz

Overnight, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced an adjusted tournament calendar for the remainder of 2020, confirming that the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open for 2020 is cancelled.

Initially rescheduled to October following the outbreak of Covid-19, the event has now been cancelled – a decision that was made jointly by Badminton New Zealand and the BWF, in light of the ongoing restrictions to international travel and large gatherings.

Badminton New Zealand Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock acknowledged the hard work and countless hours contributed towards this event by staff and volunteers.

We greatly appreciate the work, time and effort our team has put into preparing for this event. It is a sad time for us and our badminton community who love this event. We will miss the opportunity to come together this year, but we will be back.

The HSBC BWF World Tour for the remainder of the year looks vastly different, with two legs of three events each, to take place in Denmark and Asia – minimising the impact of travel and isolation periods.

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not possible to implement the revised international tournament calendar for the HSBC BWF World Tour as originally envisaged. We look forward to the return of international badminton and we thank all parties and participants involved in the planning process.”

Read the full statement from the Badminton World Federation

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