The aim of the Maribyrnong College Badminton Program is to develop a training schedule to assist elite Victorian junior badminton players in their pathway towards state, national and international representation.
Players are aiming to be selected into Victorian Junior Teams to compete at national carnivals such as the U15 Val Nesbitt, U17 June Bevan and U19 C.P. Maddern Trophies and respective individual national age-group championships. Some are aiming to be selected into Australian junior and senior teams to compete at events such as world junior and world senior championships, Thomas and Uber Cups, the Commonwealth and Olympic games.
The MSA Badminton program aims to develop talented young badminton players through providing them with technical skills and game sense understanding that will lead to selection in state, national and international pathways. At MSA students work though curriculum that has been developed by the Badminton World Federation. Our staff are Level 2 Australian Badminton accredited coaches. We provide a safe and productive training environment and dynamic training programs. MSA develops young people who can balance sporting and academic performance.
Ben Walklate - Head Coach: 3 time Australian Doubles Champion (2006, 2008, 2009), Mixed doubles champion (2009), Australian representative at World Team championships, Current u17 National coach, Former State coach, Level 2 nationally accredited coach and Head technical badminton coach of Maribyrnong Sports Academy.
Ross Smith - Technical Coach: Oceania Men's Doubles Champion (2008, 2010, 2012). Australian representative at World Championships (2006, 2007, 2011, 2014), World Team Championships (2007, 2011, 2013), Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014) and Olympic Games (2008 and 2012). Current Level 1A Registered Coach.