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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Research proves that Shuttle Time improves schoolchildren’s Fundamental Movement Skills

Pictured: Shuttle Time participants in Kiribati. Text: BWF staff and Badminton Oceania Remember the study by Shinji Takahashi at Tohoku Gakuin University which proved how useful badminton was to boost ‘executive function’? The benefits of badminton continue to be researched, with a team from Coventry University (in England), who have recently proven the significance of…

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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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Anona Pak seizes lockdown opportunity to dust off her lab coat and pick up a sixth language

Pictured: Anona Pak, New Zealand. Photo credit: Badminton Photo After taking home silver in last year’s Sydney International and this year’s VICTOR Oceania Women’s Team Championships in Ballarat, New Zealand’s Anona Pak was ready to embark on an eight-week tournament stint around Europe as she pursued Olympic qualification with mixed doubles partner, Oliver Leydon-Davis. Oliver…

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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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International Day of Families: NZ based family ‘The Virk’s’ bringing a community together through badminton

Pictured left to right: Rupinder, Aveer, Amreen and Mandeep Virk The International Day of Families is a movement observed by the United Nations to raise awareness around the importance of communities and families and their significant impacts on one antoher. One fine example of strong community spirit displayed by a family comes from the region…

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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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Oceania players connect online in search of training, tactics, community and kindness

Seven Para badminton players extended their isolation bubble via Zoom conference call this week, connecting wheelchair athletes from New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia to maintain the community spirit which thrives on Oceania’s Para badminton scene. Adapting to the COVID-19 era, Papua New Guinea’s coach (Brian Karo) joined Badminton Oceania’s Coaching and Development Officer…

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The landscape and peace of the island helps history-maker, Louis Beaubois, build on World Junior Championships preparations

Pictured: Tahiti’s Louis Beaubois holding a #WhiteCard to celebrate International Day of Sport Development and Peace Louis Beaubois made history last year alongside Teiva Politi as they became the first juniors from Tahiti to compete at the BWF World Junior Championships 2019. The recently turned 18-year-old has every intention of competing again this year as…

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How can badminton can boost your mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Remember the study from 2019 which found that badminton could be better for your brain, compared to running on a treadmill? In an experiment led by Shinji Takahashi at Tohoku Gakuin University, 20 participants took a cognitive test before and after exercise. The results found that performance was boosted after participants played a complex sport, like…

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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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