Dransfield Claims Twin-Titles at Oceania Champs
Badminton | Published:
Wed 28 November 2018
Western Australian Caitlin Dransfield won two titles at
this week’s 2018 Oceania Para-Badminton Championships in Geelong.
The 27 year-old Dianella resident claimed victory in both
the mixed doubles and singles draws over a highly successful two-day campaign.
Dransfield was a class apart in the women’s singles (SL3 –
SL4) final, completing a comprehensive 21-2, 21-3 victory over compatriot Zashka
She also claimed the mixed doubles title, competing
alongside New Zealander Corrie Keith Robinson. The trans-Tasman duo toasted
victory with a 21-5, 21-5 straight games victory over the Australian pairing of
Adam Torey-Toth and Gunson.
Despite being relatively new to para-badminton (just over
two years), Dransfield has quickly excelled in the discipline after entering
the sport with 10 years of tennis experience behind her.
She competes in the SL3/4 classification after she was born
with right-sided hemiplegia cerebral palsy.
With Para-Badminton making its entrance as a Paralympic
sport in Tokyo in 2020, Dransfield is aiming to be part of the history-making first
ever Australian representative team to compete at the peak event.