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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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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Slowly but steady: Badminton creeps back onto Oceania’s scene

The non-contact element of badminton became the sport’s biggest strength in 2020. As Oceania’s member countries slowly return to life after the countries announce themselves COVID19 free, or gaining greater control of the virus, small gatherings and low contact sports like badminton have been allowed to take place once again. Cook Islands Badminton Association were…

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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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PNG members lay down their rackets to assist local food bank project in response to COVID-19

Shuttle Time teachers, Para badminton coach and the President of Badminton Papua New Guinea (PNG) laid down their rackets and put their hands to good use with a local food bank project. Joining a handful of other Paralympians and local community groups, the compassionate volunteers helped to organise and distribute hundreds of food supplies. Donations…

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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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Tinabora and Tietiera empowering women in Kiribati on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Teitiria Utimawa and Tinabora Takeiaki are jumping for joy as their inspiring success is rippling across the Pacific to their home country Kiribati, where more women are being inspired to play badminton. Having based themselves in Melbourne over the last year with coach, Dean Lewis, the girls have stormed into the Oceania badminton scene. With…

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