Caitlin Dransfield’s life changed when she attended a Paralympics Australia Come and Try Day in 2016. From the moment she tried badminton, Caitlin’s passion for the sport was sparked and she never turned back.

Caitlin had played various sports to that point, including tennis, cricket and netball and she’d had a go at swimming, gymnastic and dancing. Tennis became her favourite sport throughout her teenage years and she was once runner-up for the West Australian Para-Tennis Player of the Year.

But it’s with the lighter racquet and shuttlecock that Caitlin’s dream of representing Australia has come true in a big way, sharing with her training partner Grant Manzoney the amazing honour of becoming Australia’s first Paralympic badminton player, after the sport was introduced for Tokyo 2020.

Caitlin enters the tournament of her life as a three-time Australian Champion in the women’s standing singles and the Oceania Champion of both the …

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Date of birth
3 January 1991
Sport
Para-badminton
Impairment
Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Residence
Dianella, WA
Occupation
Disability support worker
Started competing
2016
First competed for Australia
2017
Sport career highlights

Receiving a bronze medal at the Australian Para-badminton International in the SL4 women's singles and ladies doubles

Greatest sporting moments

Representing Australia in Para-badminton

Favourite quote
She knew she could do it, so she did it.

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-badminton Classification: SL4

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