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 Gunson.

 

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.