Badminton Oceania sign Memorandum of Understanding with Special Olympics Asia Pacific

On Friday 21 January 2022, a virtual Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing was conducted via zoom to celebrate a three-year partnership and commitment between Badminton Oceania and Special Olympics Asia-Pacific. The MOU aims to develop opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities across the continent. Executive Board and staff members from Badminton Oceania, the Badminton World…

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Melbourne project legacy; Come and Try Para badminton a success

Over the last three years, the ‘Melbourne project’ was undertaken by Badminton Oceania’s Coaching and Development Officer, Ian Bridge, in collaboration with Badminton Australia, Badminton Victoria and Paralympics Australia. The findings were released last year (delayed by the impacts of COVID-19), with results to aid the understanding and planning of Para badminton programmes. Originally, the…

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BWF Membership Grant assists Team Tahiti with expertise of French coach, Clement Gillot

In November 2020, the BWF announced the BWF Membership Grants Programme – a process which provides opportunities for Member Associations to access tailored support, to assist them in developing badminton in their country. The programme launched half a year after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world and was an incredibly useful tool in…

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Sandra Low (Guam) crowned January 2022 winner of Serve-ing Pacific

Pictured: Sandra Low (left) and Badminton Oceania’s Nadia Bleaken (right) Congratulations to Badminton Oceania’s second Serve-ing Pacific winner, Sandra Low, from Guam. She was nominated for excelling in LEADERSHIP – one of the five organizational values which Badminton Oceania embeds across all programme areas. Serve-ing Pacific is Badminton Oceania’s volunteer recognition scheme, acknowledging the hard…

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VICTOR Oceania Championships 2022 update – Individuals postponed; Juniors and Team events cancelled

Due to the ongoing uncertainties and complications surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, Badminton Oceania, in consultation with hosts Badminton North Harbour and the Badminton World Federation, are disappointed to announce that the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2022 (Individual events) have been postponed, while the Junior Individual and Mixed Team Championships, along with the Men’s and Women’s…

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Australian umpire Kelly Hoare focuses on BWF Assessor role after retiring as BWF Umpire

Pictured: Kelly Hoare, middle (Australia)  Like many technical officials, the initial interest in becoming an umpire starts as a player. That was certainly the case for Kelly Hoare who is reflecting fondly on several years of badminton as she announced her retirement as a BWF Certificate Umpire this week. BWF Certificate of Appreciation The Australian…

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Rachel Māia’s message to the Inclusive GymBad – “Use your loudest possible positive voice”

Is the word ‘inclusion’ fit for purpose? In a workshop delivered to Team Up’s Inclusive GymBad team in Papua New Guinea, guest speaker Rachel Māia argued that long term goal of inclusion is to remove that very word from our vocabulary. The inspirational New Zealand climber shared her story with a team of leaders from…

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Study: ‘The Melbourne Project’ highlights key findings to influence Para badminton growth

November 2018 was the start of a new era for Para badminton in Oceania. The inaugural Australia Para Badminton International and VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships in Geelong paved the way for the formation of development camps, enhanced coaching, communication and greater opportunities for Para badminton players across the region. So much so, that by…

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Northern Marianas National Championships – Open and U19 round up

Pictured: Taka Borja (left) and Sophia Quintos (right), Under-19 singles champions in their respective divisions Open National Championships Round Up Joseph Torres and Janelle Pangilinan emerged victorious in their respective singles divisions of the 2021 CNMI Badminton National Championships that concluded on Saturday 11 December at the TSL Sports Complex. In the men’s singles, Torres…

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Going the extra mile: Callum Dunk taking Shuttle Time into rural South Australia

Pictured: Callum Dunk teaching Shuttle Time in Port Lincoln Four years ago, badminton was a foreign sport to Callum Dunk. Nowadays, he is a qualified BWF Level 1 coach, Shuttle Time Teacher and works as the Development Officer and Schools Coordinator for South Australia Badminton Association. Callum’s enthusiasm and experience in grassroots participations spans a…

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