Badminton Oceania welcomes Brian Karo to the team, undertaking the role as Papua New Guinea (PNG) Development Officer. After volunteering as a Shuttle Time teacher for the past year, Brian brings his knowledge and enthusiasm for badminton and getting people active to this exciting role.
He is currently on a pathway to become a BWF level one coach, with numerous volunteer coaching hours under his belt. Brian’s involvement has also been pivotal in the development of Para badminton players in PNG, as he accompanied a team of four players to attend this year’s VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships where they collected four medals between them.
The part time-role is three days a week. However, Brian is also taking on the additional part-time role (two days a week) to implement the Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) in PNG. The PSP initiative is funded by Australian Government, with an aim to build the capacity of Member Associations in the Pacific to conduct quality sport for development programmes, which has focus on inclusion in PNG.
As PNG Development Officer, Brian will be responsible for leading player and coach development initiatives in alignment with Badminton PNG’s strategic plan. Therefore, Brian will continue to be heavily involved in Shuttle Time and Para badminton, while overseeing the in-country Coach Education development too.
“I have been playing badminton for 5 years now and I am more than excited and privileged to have been given this great opportunity to promote and work for the sport that I truly enjoy. I look forward to pioneering badminton in Papua New Guinea, securing and working closely with stakeholders and respected governing sports entities to promote and develop badminton in all aspects”
“It gives me a wide range of opportunities not only to work and meet new people but to help me develop and learn new skills. Once again i am very excited and I look forward to promoting and working alongside everyone in the badminton world”, says Brian.