Australian Mischa Ginns made history at the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships 2022 in Melbourne on Sunday, becoming the event’s first triple-crown winner.
Newcomer Ginns’ triumphs came in WH1-WH2 women’s singles, women’s doubles (with Bree Mellberg) and mixed doubles (with Richard John Davis). She defeated countrywoman Janine Watson 21-19 21-12 in the singles final to get the party started.
“I came into this tournament just wanting to give my best,” Ginns told Badminton Oceania. “My aim was to get on the podium, at least with one medal. I didn’t care what colour. I can’t believe I’m coming away with three gold medals.”
Partner Mellberg added: “For me it’s the white line fever. You cross that line and it’s a competition. It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side.”
This year, where wheelchair mixed doubles made its debut, each participating country – Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea were represented on the podium.
Papua New Guinean Jerome Bunge’s bronze medal in SL3 men’s singles was also his country’s first at the tournament.
Full results on Badminton Oceania website.