Oceania Shuttle Time News

Badminton boosting internal culture with Air New Zealand

Badminton has soared in popularity in the Cook Islands over the last two years. Particularly as the non-contact sport identified opportunities to capitalise on the COVID-19 lockdowns and guidelines that restricted the country’s prevalent contact sports (rugby and soccer) in early 2020. Shuttle Time (a grassroots badminton initiative) and player development remain at the core…

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…

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…

Humans of Shuttle Time: Leo Cucuel – Tahiti

Pictured: Leo Cucuel (front row, middle), Tahiti Badminton Federation The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Leo Cucuel, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Tahiti Badminton Federation, talks about his journey with badminton. He’s represented his country at previous Thomas Cup Finals,…

Northern Marianas Badminton partner with summer sports camp to enhance a sporting legacy

Northern Marianas Badminton Association (NMBA) are relishing the opportunities to play badminton after they were allowed to return to the courts earlier this year. In June, they hosted the first tournament of 2021 (the TanHoldings Badminton Team Tournament) in an effort to raise awareness and increase excitement for the Northern Marianas 2022 Pacific Mini Games, …

Humans of Shuttle Time: Matt Simpson – Australia

Pictured: Matt Simpson, Badminton Australia The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Matt Simpson, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Badminton Australia, talks about his journey in sport including 13 years as a competitive diver. Nowadays, he shares his passion for…

Students showcase their talent at the sixth Annual College Tournament – Cook Islands

Secondary schools students from around Rarotonga came together to battle it out in the sixth Annual College Badminton Tournament on Friday 10 June at the National Sports Arena. The excellent initiative developed by Badminton Cook Islands enjoyed its sixth year in 2021, making a prominent revival following last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Humans of Shuttle Time: Iakopo Molotii – Tuvalu

Pictured: Iakopo Molotii – second from left The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Iakopo Molotii, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Tuvalu Badminton Association, recounts how badminton has impacted his life on and off the court. I spent my childhood…

Humans of Shuttle Time: Merlie Tolentino – Northern Marianas

Pictured: Merlie Tolentino (centred) – 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. Merlie Tolentino, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Northern Marianas Badminton Association, recounts how badminton has impacted her life on and off the court. Growing-Up Years I…