Kiribati students upskill in Fiji, before returning home to deliver Shuttle Time

Badminton Oceania’s regional development officer, Kumon Tarawa, recently delivered Shuttle Time teacher training with 18 i-Kiribati students who are currently studying at The University of the South Pacific (USP), in Fiji, who were looking for ways to engage with both their student and local Kiribati communities in Fiji, before preparing to take their new skills…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Sione Vainikolo – Tonga

Pictured: Sione Vainikolo, Tonga The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Sione Vainikolo, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Tonga National Badminton Association, recounts how badminton has impacted his life on and off the court. I grew up in an island called…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Brian Karo – Papua New Guinea

Pictured: Brian Karo, Papua New Guinea. Photo Credit: Vele Karo The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Brian Karo, Shuttle Time National Coordinator of Papua New Guiena, recounts his badminton journey, since discovering it in the second grade: I was born and…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Thomas Mereana-Ngauru – Cook Islands

Pictured: Thomas Mereana-Ngauru (left) distributing Shuttle Time equipment across the 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. Thomas Mereana-Ngauru, President and Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Badminton Cook Islands, first found badminton in New Zealand at his school during…

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14 Member Associations from Oceania benefit from BWF Membership Grant Programme – ‘Bringing Badminton Back’

BWF MEDIA RELEASE | BADMINTON OCEANIA In October 2019, the BWF Council approved a new Membership Grants Programme for the period 2020-2024. The BWF Membership Grant Programme provides opportunities for Member Associations to access tailored support, to assist them in developing badminton in their country. Due to COVID-19, and current restrictions on international travel and…

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A thank you to all the teachers who make badminton happen

Every year on 5th October, World Teacher’s Day is celebrated across the world to highlight the unique role that adults play in children’s lives. For Badminton Oceania, there are over 2500 Shuttle Time teachers and plenty more coaches who bring badminton into the lives of thousands more across the continent. Whether it is for grass…

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Cook Islands launch mid-week ladies sessions to cope with demand for badminton

Pictured: Liana Eggleton (left) and Lovelyn Gatchalien (right). Photo Credit: Cook Island News Cook Islands Badminton Federation continue to disrupt their nation’s sporting landscape with innovative ideas to improve badminton’s popularity across the country. Last month, their plans to adapt to the ‘new normal’ were celebrated as they managed to capitalise on the sports non-contact…

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Top players from Tahiti turn up for school holiday Shuttle Time activities

During the school holidays took place in early August, members of Tahiti’s national squad turned up to support the nation’s return to court, maximising the opportunity to get rackets into the hands of the next generation. Tahiti’s Louis Beaubois, Yohan Lemaire, Esther Tau and Melissa Mi You were among the assistants who delivered the sessions…

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Schools in Northern Marianas cast their eyes on AirBadminton

Text by Roselyn Monroyo, Northern Marianas Badminton Public School System Student Support Services Athletic Program director Nick Gross is considering adding AirBadminton to their roster of sports events for students. Launched last year by Badminton World Federation and HSBC, AirBadminton is played outdoors with modified rules and has been gaining popularity across the globe because…

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