THE Ballarat Badminton Centre is hot with the whiz of shuttlecocks, with the Australasian Daytime Ladies Badminton Championships well under way.
Three Ballarat teams have stepped up to the mantel at the annual event which has drawn more than 300 women from across Australia and New Zealand to compete.
The Ballarat Botannicals have made an early impact on the tournament, snaring the honours against the Sunbury Stirrers.
The Cygnets also claimed a Ballarat win, conquering the Tasman to defeat the Central New Zealand Wekas.
Thorny Birds player Lynette Clark hails from Boort and has been touring with the championship for the best part of 20 years, playing in different corners of Australia and New Zealand.
Clark said the social side of the tournament was just as important as the competitive element.
“It’s like a reunion each year. I didn’t play last year so I couldn’t wait to get back,” Clark said.
“I just love it and it’s great exercise. You get more enjoyment out of it when you’re having fun.”
The 61-year-old said the tournament – also known as a jamboree – was a getaway for the players who have ventured to Sovereign Hill and the trotting club.
This year’s titles mark the 31st anniversary and are the first to be held in Ballarat.
Beginning on Sunday, 59 graded teams will battle for the championship through to Saturday.