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.

Caitlin qualified for Tokyo 2020 as a three-time Australian Champion in the women’s standing singles and the Oceania Champion of both the standing singles and doubles.

While she did not progress beyond the quarterfinals during her Paralympic debut, she shared 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.…

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Date of birth
3 January 1991
Past Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Dianella, WA
Disability support worker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
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.


  • Sport: Para-badminton Classification: SL4

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