Q+A with Australian Olympic debutant, Gronya Somerville

Pictured: Gronya Somerville. Photo credit: Australian Olympic Committee Another Olympic debutant in Tokyo is Gronya Somerville, representing Australia in the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles events. Gronya came close to qualification in Rio 2016 with her partner, Setyana Mapasa. However, Mapasa was ruled ineligible by the governing body following complication with her nationality change from…

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Badminton Quartet Bound for Tokyo with Official Olympic Selection

Australian Olympic Committee Press Release. Photo credit: Badminton Australia The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the Badminton team for Tokyo 2020, with Gronya Somerville, Wendy Chen, Setyana Mapasa and Simon Leung to represent Australia. Somerville, Mapasa and Leung all make their Olympic debut, while Rio Olympian Chen returns for her second Games. Boasting more than…

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BWF and WAoS announce second intake after successful first batch of sport industry scholarship holders

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) in partnership with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) have opened a new cycle of scholarships for WAoS’ and the University of London’s Postgraduate Certificate in International Sports Management. The programme provides unique opportunities for dual-career athletes who have chosen to pursue their education without giving up their elite sporting…

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Ten weeks to go: Gronya and Setyana to compete in men’s doubles event in Olympic training boost

UPDATE (28/05/21): Following the latest lockdown in Melbourne announced by the Victorian lockdown on 28 May 2021, the YONEX City of Melbourne tournament mentioned below is now postponed. The new dates are to be confirmed. Friday 14 May 2021 marks ten weeks to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Following their…

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Pacific Games Gold medallists, Remi Rossi and Dgeniva Matauli, named as regional ambassadors for ‘i am badminton’ integrity campaign

Badminton Oceania, with the support of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) are pleased to announce Remi Rossi (Tahiti) and Dgeniva Matauli (New Caledonia) as the regional ambassadors for the ‘i am badminton’ integrity awareness campaign. Gold medallists in the men’s and women’s singles disciplines at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games, Remi and Dgeniva are familiar…

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Australian Para Badminton Player, Duke Trench-Thiedeman, appointed to Badminton Oceania Athletes’ Commission

Pictured: Duke Trench-Thiedeman, Australia. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo Australia’s Duke Trench-Thiedeman has expressed his excitement on becoming the Para badminton representative on the Badminton Oceania’s Athletes’ Commission, helping to shape the future of Oceania’s events and initiatives for Para badminton players. Duke has competed in all Victorian, Australian and Oceania Championships since 2016, represented Australia…

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BWF Membership Grant ensures Fiji under-19 Development Camp success

Fiji Badminton staged their third initiative from their BWF membership grant this month as a group of under-19 players benefitted from a development camp. The initiative was split between Suva (central division) and Lautoka (western division) – two key bases for regular Shuttle Time delivery in Fiji over the last few years; a popular progressive…

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Melbourne-based Louisa Ma on the importance of maintaining human connection and mental health

Pictured: Louisa Ma, Australia. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo Australia’s aspiring Olympian, Louisa Ma, spent the latter half of 2019 travelling around the world, collecting qualification points for the Road to Tokyo 2020; breaking into the world’s top 100 for the first time in November 2019. However, the 25-year-old spent more than half of 2020 in…

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