Dianella para-badminton player aiming for Tokyo 2020

Caitlin Dransfield.
Caitlin Dransfield.

DIANELLA’S Caitlin Dransfield took up badminton two years ago but already has her sights set on Tokyo 2020.

The 27-year-old played tennis for 10 years before making the switch to badminton, after being scouted by WA’s Para-badminton coach.

Dransfield, who was born with right-sided hemiplegia cerebral palsy, has won three consecutive women’s singles titles in the SL3/4 classification at the Australian Para-Badminton Championships.

She plays for Wescoast and Duncraig badminton clubs, training at Kingsway Sporting Complex.

Dransfield has competed internationally; most recently returning from the Irish Para-Badminton International in Dublin, and in March, was awarded a WA Institute of Sport scholarship.

Her next major competitions are the Australia Para-Badminton International and Oceania Para-Badminton Championships in Victoria in November, and Dransfield is focused on representing Australia at the 2020 Paralympics.