Performance plays an important part at Waikato Badminton. In 2004, Waikato Badminton initiated a plan to have Waikato teams and players competing at the highest level – including representing NZ at key international events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

It has been an amazing journey so far; one of the highlights was Waikato winning the Wisden Cup (NZ’s premier provincial league) in 2010, the first time since 1937 and completing the three-peat in 2012 and winning it again in 2016 and 2018. This has been achieved after many years of hard work; players built up their training programs from just once a week in 2004 to training almost every day!

Waikato is now one of the leading regions in New Zealand for developing players to a high performance level; the only region that is consistently able to compete with the Auckland regions.

Success Factors

  • The ongoing support from the WBA Board, coaches, clubs, administrators and volunteers.
  • The support from the University of Waikato by providing the opportunity for Waikato players to apply for a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship which provides a great incentive for our players to stay in Hamilton. Waikato Badminton currently has a number of performance players on the Hillary program which not only covers University fees, but also provides key sport science support, leadership development opportunities and valuable interaction with athletes from other sporting codes. To find out more about the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship click on the following link ( or contact the Waikato Badminton Coaching & Development Manager by emailing or phone 027 856 3049.
  • The tremendous effort of the players in the performance program. The choices they make on a daily basis, the support they receive from their family and friends, and the dedication, passion and commitment they display to be ‘the best they can be’ is an example for all Waikato players.

If you would like to know more about the Waikato Performance program please contact our Coaching & Development Manager:

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2022 Performance players

Amreen Virk
Jasmanjot Virk
Kenneth Yew
Philipp Doehrn
Wojtek Czyz
Oliver Leydon-Davis (based in Auckland)