Schools in Northern Marianas cast their eyes on AirBadminton

Text by Roselyn Monroyo, Northern Marianas Badminton Public School System Student Support Services Athletic Program director Nick Gross is considering adding AirBadminton to their roster of sports events for students. Launched last year by Badminton World Federation and HSBC, AirBadminton is played outdoors with modified rules and has been gaining popularity across the globe because…

Olympic Day Inspiration: Tongoboo Beero aiming to become Kiribati’s first BWF Level 1 Coach

Pictured: Kiribati Badminton Federation’s Shuttle Time Co-Ordinator, Tongoboo Beero. Olympic Day commemorates the day that the International Olympic Committee was founded in 1894. The annual event is a celebration of sport, health, and ‘being the best you can be’, inviting everyone around the globe to be active and celebrate the Olympic values of Excellence, Respect…

Slowly but steady: Badminton creeps back onto Oceania’s scene

The non-contact element of badminton became the sport’s biggest strength in 2020. As Oceania’s member countries slowly return to life after the countries announce themselves COVID19 free, or gaining greater control of the virus, small gatherings and low contact sports like badminton have been allowed to take place once again. Cook Islands Badminton Association were…

BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020 rescheduled to January 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) today announced the new dates for the BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020, which were scheduled to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in September this year. The rescheduled dates for the world event are 11-24 January 2021. Only those athletes eligible for the originally scheduled championships will…

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…