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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A pinnacle appointment – Justin Zuo to retire as an umpire after Tokyo 2020

Pictured: Justin Zuo, New Zealand, umpiring at the Singapore Open 2017. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo “I am so glad that this Paralympic Games will be my retirement appointment. It’s not only a memorable event for me, but also an honorable recognition from Badminton Oceania” Reflective and grateful words from the Oceania Certificated Umpire, Justin Zuo,…

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‘Having a keen interest and immersion in the game helps me to focus better’ – Paralympic Line Judge, Ravi Nadan

Pictured: Ravi Nadan, holding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games Players were not the only group to celebrate the announcement of Para badminton being added to the Paralympic programme at the Tokyo 2020 Games. It boosts the fantastic opportunities available for technical officials too, with a chance to demonstrate their…

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Richard Wong bids farewell to BWF Line Judge career at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Pictured: Richard Wong, presented with formal acknowledgement certificate at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Australia’s Richard Wong has celebrated an illustrious technical official career in the badminton world. Progressing through the ranks, Richard completed one term (since 2017) as a BWF Line Judge, while also umpiring (Oceania Accredited Umpire) at numerous badminton tournaments. His experiences…

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Cherish Reti imparts her umpiring wisdom on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Every year on April 6, the United Nations and International Olympic Committee celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The day acknowledges sports ability to act as a vehicle for change in promoting development and peace. In 2021, it comes as no surprise that the theme is #OnlyTogether which focuses largely around the…

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Oceania represented at the BWF continental confederation assessors workshop

Pictured: David Turner and Kelly Hoare, Australian Umpires. Photo credit: Badminton Photo Earlier this month, two of Oceania’s Umpire Assessors joined like-minded individuals from across the globe to attend the BWF Umpire Assessors Workshop. The workshop was aimed at allowing all continents to maintain consistency when assessing – no matter where in the world they…

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Recently retired BWF Umpire, Susan Taylor, awarded President of Oceania Women Award (POWA)

The President of Oceania Women Award (POWA) honours the first Badminton Oceania President—Heather Robson. The trophy is awarded bi-annually and gives recognition to any person who has contributed significantly to the promotion, development and advancement of badminton for women throughout Oceania. Previous winners include Val Nesbitt (2013), Judith Cousins (2015) and Nynette Sass (2017). During…

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Meet Cherish and Joel Reti – the first umpires from Samoa to officiate at the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020

Pictured: Cherish Reti, Samoa. Photo credit: Ballarat Badminton In January 2019, Badminton Oceania joined forces with Samoa Badminton Federation to run their first national technical official development course. With the excitement of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games mounting at the time, Samoa seized the opportunity to train up their local workforce to support the Pacific…

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Oceania’s Technical Officials appointed with Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games positions

Photo credit: Badminton Photo Nine of Oceania’s Technical Officials have been appointed with positions at next year’s prestigious Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Lynne Nixey – New Zealand – Deputy Referee Kelly Hoare – Australia – Umpire Trish Gubb – New Zealand – Umpire Shevaun Moody – Australia – Line…

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