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…

The landscape and peace of the island helps history-maker, Louis Beaubois, build on World Junior Championships preparations

Pictured: Tahiti’s Louis Beaubois holding a #WhiteCard to celebrate International Day of Sport Development and Peace Louis Beaubois made history last year alongside Teiva Politi as they became the first juniors from Tahiti to compete at the BWF World Junior Championships 2019. The recently turned 18-year-old has every intention of competing again this year as…

Oceania Tour 2020 – cancelled

Following the cancellation and suspension of three events in Badminton Oceania’s playing calendar, the Oceania Tour 2020 has been cancelled. In March, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) suspended all HSBC BWF World Tour and BWF-sanctioned tournaments from 16 March – 12 April 2020 which had an impact on two of Badminton Oceania’s tournaments: the YONEX…

Seven Para badminton players from Oceania reaping the benefits from the BWF Female Participation Grant

Pictured: Carrie Wilson, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Ballarat Badminton In 2020, over 70 applications were received from more than 30 countries worldwide as female athletes were encouraged to apply for financial support to attend and be Internationally Classified at a number of BWF sanctioned International tournaments in 2020. Seven female Para badminton players from Oceania…

The Oceania Tour returns in 2020

Pictured: Abhinav Manota, New Zealand Following a successful launch last year, the Oceania Tour returns in 2020. The initiative is linked to the Badminton Oceania Player Development programme, which is supported by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The aim of the Oceania Tour 2020 is to both encourage players in the region to support Oceania…