Dorna Longbut: Landed and ready for badminton competition

Growing up and living in Papua New Guinea, Dorna Longbut discovered badminton a few months ago, ahead of her debut at the VICTOR Oceana Para Badminton Championships 2022. “Back in the country, badminton is not a really popular sport apart from Rugby league,” Dorna shares after her practice session yesterday. Before her badminton journey, Dorna…

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Dorna Longbut joins the PNG team to extend Para badminton legacy

Dorna Longbut (pictured second from left) prepares to make her Para badminton debut In 2020, four players made history as they became the first players to represent Papua New Guinea at an international badminton tournament – the VICTOR Oceania Para Badminton Championships in Ballarat, Australia. Jerome Bunge, David Joe Kaniku, Danny Ten and Nelly Leva…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Sam Paterson, New Zealand

Pictured: Sam Paterson, Community Manager and National Shuttle Time Co Ordinator – Badminton New Zealand. The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Sam Paterson, Badminton New Zealand’s Community Manager, talks about his journey into badminton and experiences of enhancing badminton opportunities for communities…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Hebrew Tom, Cook Islands

The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. This month, they caught up with Hebrew Tom (Shuttle Time National Coordinator of Cook Islands) to discuss how badminton helped him to find new a new meaning in life, alongside his experiences with coaching,…

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Membership Grant injects enthusiasm into Kiribati

Between September and December 2021, the Kiribati Badminton Federation (KBF) made good use of the BWF Membership Grant to expand the reach of the sport. Its team of dedicated volunteers delivered these Shuttle Time and AirBadminton activities successfully: Three Shuttle Time Teacher Courses saw 48 primary and secondary school teachers educated. Shuttle Time Youth Leadership workshop saw 20 students/youths trained. Nineteen schools were engaged…

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Ian Piencenaves upskilling players, coaches and Shuttle Time personnel in Guam and Northern Marianas

Badminton Asia Development Officer, Ian Gil Piencenaves, recently joined Northern Marianas Badminton Association (NMBA) to prepare their team for the upcoming Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022, while conducting coaching workshops for members of their committee. The former player and BWF Level 2 badminton coach is collaborating with Badminton Oceania to assist with player development…

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Fiji’s Sristi Nadan: Competing to inspire the next generation

The VICTOR Oceania Championships 2022 will feature 97 players from four member associations: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Tahiti. The global COVID-19 pandemic has certainly created barriers for players to travel, meaning the draw is heavily dominated by Australian and New Zealand players. However, Sristi Nadan and Jared Chung will be representing Fiji with pride…

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Membership Grant Creates More Opportunities

To date, 104 Member Associations have received their first sums of money under the BWF Membership Grants Programme activated in 2021. Around US$520,000 have been distributed so far, out of a long-term project investment pool planned for 2020-2024. The programme provides opportunities for Member Associations to access tailored support, to assist them in developing badminton in their…

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