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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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,…

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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, …

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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…

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Six-time Oceania Champion, Wendy Chen, to compete in men’s singles event in Olympic training boost

With under five weeks to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, reigning Oceania Champion and Australian national champion, Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen, is travelling to New Zealand to compete in the North Harbour Open 2021 – a domestic New Zealand tournament. Following her successful run at the VICTOR Oceania Championships since 2015…

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