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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Thomas Mereana-Ngauru wins at Cook Islands Sports Awards

Pictured: Badminton Cook Islands President Thomas Mereana-Ngauru (left) with Shuttle Time teachers Badminton Cook Islands celebrated one of their biggest triumphs at the Cook Islands Sports Awards over the weekend. Collectively, the organisation was nominated in six categories, with President Thomas Mereana-Ngauru going on to win the Sports Administrator of the Year for the second…

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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…

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PNG members lay down their rackets to assist local food bank project in response to COVID-19

Shuttle Time teachers, Para badminton coach and the President of Badminton Papua New Guinea (PNG) laid down their rackets and put their hands to good use with a local food bank project. Joining a handful of other Paralympians and local community groups, the compassionate volunteers helped to organise and distribute hundreds of food supplies. Donations…

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Badminton Cook Islands celebrate a record six nominations at the Cook Islands Sports Awards

Badminton Cook Islands are celebrating after a total of five nominations at the Cook Islands Sports Awards, including two junior players in the Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year categories. Danniel Daniel was nominated following his ‘outstanding’ record over the last year, taking the national titles in men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles in…

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VICTOR announced as first badminton brand to take the AirShuttle to market

VICTOR is also a proud sponsor of Badminton Oceania; collaborating on international events and development projects to provide equipment and apparel. Badminton Oceania will be including two tubes of the VICTOR AirShuttle to each Shuttle Time school set distributed to our Pacific Island members once the restrictions of COVID-19 are lifted. Similarly, the Oceania member…

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Tinabora and Tietiera empowering women in Kiribati on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Teitiria Utimawa and Tinabora Takeiaki are jumping for joy as their inspiring success is rippling across the Pacific to their home country Kiribati, where more women are being inspired to play badminton. Having based themselves in Melbourne over the last year with coach, Dean Lewis, the girls have stormed into the Oceania badminton scene. With…

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