Putting her career first: Gronya all set for long European stint

Pictured: Gronya Somerville (Australia). Photo credit: Erika Sawauchi, Badminton Photo Last month, Gronya decided to put her badminton career first and leave ‘the most locked down city in the world’ – her hometown, Melbourne. Europe was calling, with opportunities to live, travel, train and compete in cities and countries which are currently celebrating more freedoms.…

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POTM: Inclusive #GymBad stamping out barriers with Shuttle Time in Papua New Guinea

Inclusive GymBad is Shuttle Time’s Project of the Month (POTM) for October 2021 Badminton Oceania (BOC) and Badminton Papua New Guinea (BPNG) have been collaborating to deliver the Inclusive GymBad programme, together with Oceania Gymnastics Union, Papua New Guinea Gymnastics Federation and Motivation Australia. Inclusive GymBad aims to remove or reduce the barriers experienced by…

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Northern Marianas features junior competition in the TakeCare Badminton Open

TakeCare Insurance Company Inc. marked its inaugural sponsorship of a sports tournament with Northern Marianas Badminton Association (NMBA) – the ‘TakeCare Badminton Open 2021’. The 14 players who signed up for the junior division of NMBA’s third event of the season are products of NMBA’s junior development programme and recent summer camp. It’s the first…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Laurel Vagi – Papua New Guinea

The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Laurel Vagi, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Papua New Guinea (PNG), was drawn to the sport through her enthusiasm for sports such as rugby and tennis. She took a liking to badminton after becoming…

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Calling all young athletes and aspiring administrators – WAoS Scholarship Programme

The BWF in partnership with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) have combined to offer yet another unique educational pathway opportunity for badminton athletes and aspiring administrators within the community. Member Associations and National Para Badminton Organisations are invited to submit applications for the following programmes for 2021: Bachelor of International Sport Management Degree (Application…

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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…

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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…

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Oceania line judge, Karen Arnold, ‘privileged’ to be part of the Paralympic debut

Pictured: Karen Arnold, line judging at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Australian line judge, Karen Arnold, has arrived in Tokyo, ready to officiate in the Para badminton tournament which starts tomorrow. Despite having over a year and a half away from international competitions, Karen has been preparing for the sport’s biggest stage by reviewing…

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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…

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Badminton returns to Ada Gym

NORTHERN MARIANAS BADMINTON ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE The Northern Marianas Badminton Association brought the sport back to its first home after holding the IT&E Badminton Team Tournament at the Gilbert. C. Ada Gymnasium last July 30 and 31. When NMBA was founded in 2006, it hosted games at the Ada Gym for years before the group…

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Tahiti to compete in TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup, Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2021

Pictured: Team Tahiti win bronze at VICTOR Oceania Men’s Team Championships (left). Team Tahiti compete in VICTOR Oceania Mixed Team Championships (right)  The most recent update from the BWF surrounding the revised tournament calendar for 2021 saw the cancellation of the BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Open (Super 300) and CROWN GROUP Australia Open (Super…

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