Humans of Shuttle Time: Christy Villaflor – Northern Marianas

The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Christy Villaflor, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Northern Marianas Badminton Association, talks about her journey with badminton which started in the Philippines. After starting to play in a gym, she took her new passion…

Historic night in Tokyo as first-ever Para badminton gold medallists crowned at the Paralympic Games

Pictured (left to right): Dheva Anrimusthi, Cheah Lieh Hou and Suryo Nugroho. Photo Credit: Parabadmintonphoto/BWF Cheah Liek Hou of Malaysia has the distinction of being the first-ever Para badminton gold medallist at the Paralympic Games after a clinical performance in the men’s singles SU5 final against Indonesia’s Dheva Anrimusthi in Tokyo on Saturday. Cheah Liek…

The Need For Speed

Pictured (left to right): Ian Bridge, Grant Manzoney and Caitlin Dransfield. Photo credit: Paralympics Australia It’s the speed of the game that got Grant Manzoney and Caitlin Dransfield hooked. The raw pace of the world’s fastest racquet sport. And once they were hooked, their Paralympic dream began. This is the first time Para-Badminton will appear…

Oceania line judge, Karen Arnold, ‘privileged’ to be part of the Paralympic debut

Pictured: Karen Arnold, line judging at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Australian line judge, Karen Arnold, has arrived in Tokyo, ready to officiate in the Para badminton tournament which starts tomorrow. Despite having over a year and a half away from international competitions, Karen has been preparing for the sport’s biggest stage by reviewing…

Badminton Oceania is delighted to welcome Wallis and Futuna as an associate member

Wallis and Futuna will become the seventeenth member of Badminton Oceania, alongside: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia (associate member), New Zealand, Northern Marianas (associate member), Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tonga and Tuvalu. Like New Caledonia and Northern Marianas, Wallis and Futuna is an associate member, simply…

A pinnacle appointment – Justin Zuo to retire as an umpire after Tokyo 2020

Pictured: Justin Zuo, New Zealand, umpiring at the Singapore Open 2017. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo “I am so glad that this Paralympic Games will be my retirement appointment. It’s not only a memorable event for me, but also an honorable recognition from Badminton Oceania” Reflective and grateful words from the Oceania Certificated Umpire, Justin Zuo,…

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games draw

The much-awaited draw for the 14 events at Para badminton’s debut at the Paralympics was conducted today at the Main Press Centre in Tokyo today. Australia’s Caitlin Dransfield and Grant Manzoney were among the players to be pulled out of the boxes in their respective disciplines: Caitlin Dransfield – Women’s Singles SL4 Grant Manzoney -…

‘Having a keen interest and immersion in the game helps me to focus better’ – Paralympic Line Judge, Ravi Nadan

Pictured: Ravi Nadan, holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games Players were not the only group to celebrate the announcement of Para badminton being added to the Paralympic programme at the Tokyo 2020 Games. It boosts the fantastic opportunities available for technical officials too, with a chance to demonstrate their…