Anona Pak seizes lockdown opportunity to dust off her lab coat and pick up a sixth language

Pictured: Anona Pak, New Zealand. Photo credit: Badminton Photo After taking home silver in last year’s Sydney International and this year’s VICTOR Oceania Women’s Team Championships in Ballarat, New Zealand’s Anona Pak was ready to embark on an eight-week tournament stint around Europe as she pursued Olympic qualification with mixed doubles partner, Oliver Leydon-Davis. Oliver…

BWF announces revamped tournament calendar for 2020

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced a revamped tournament calendar for the remainder of 2020 following disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of planning and consultation has taken place with Member Association hosts to be able to provide the framework for badminton’s potential return. This includes the rescheduling of top-tier events that…

Six-time Oceania champion, Wendy Chen, overcoming anxiety with goal-setting

“It was difficult to adjust to new lifestyle at the beginning, lives just kind of stopped all of a sudden” The sudden interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic had athletes all around the world rethinking their choices. For Australia’s six-time continental champion, Wendy Chen, a strategically planned tournament calendar was quickly made redundant. Despite the six…

More events cancelled: Sydney and Bendigo International 2020

Further to the update on tournaments made on 29 April, the BWF announced that in close consultation and agreement with Badminton Oceania and Badminton Australia, that the following tournaments have been cancelled in September: • Sydney International 2020 – 10 – 13 September 2020 • Bendigo International 2020 – 17 – 20 September 2020 “We’re…