Overcoming record-size tumour; Iakopo dedicates time and passion to growth of badminton in Tuvalu

Tuvalu Badminton Association’s President, Iakopo Molotii, discovered badminton in 2005 when he joined some of the islands expatriates to play badminton socially. He took a liking to the sport and quickly built up the foundations of Tuvalu Badminton, affirming their membership with Badminton Oceania in 2006, and attending the 2007 Pacific Games as both a…

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BWF Level 1 coaching course smashes Gender Equity targets in Melbourne

Coaching is the most challenging area when it comes to gender equity in badminton. However, a recent BWF Level 1 Coaching Course in Melbourne smashed the targets for female representation. While the International Olympic Committee and Badminton World Federation strive for 30% female representation across programme areas, Badminton Oceania is also committed to strengthening gender…

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Ten weeks to go: Gronya and Setyana to compete in men’s doubles event in Olympic training boost

UPDATE (28/05/21): Following the latest lockdown in Melbourne announced by the Victorian lockdown on 28 May 2021, the YONEX City of Melbourne tournament mentioned below is now postponed. The new dates are to be confirmed. Friday 14 May 2021 marks ten weeks to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Following their…

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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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Northern Marianas #ChooseToChallenge with the highest % of female Board Representatives

Pictured (left to right): Janelle Pangilinan, Shirley Kim, Merlie Tolentino and Cristy Villaflor – Norther Marianas Badminton Assoication Today (Monday 8 March 2021) is International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme being #ChooseToChallenge. The movement aims to bring awareness to our individual thoughts, actions and ability to choose, challenge and call out gender bias and…

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Pacific Games Champion and future Paralympian #ChooseToChallenge with Inclusive GymBad on International Women’s Day – PNG

Pictured (left to right): Linda Pulsan, Inclusive GymBad session, Nelly Leva Every year on March 8, the United Nations celebrates International Women’s Day. This year, the theme is #ChooseToChallenge – which aims to bring awareness to our individual thoughts, actions and ability to choose, challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all…

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BWF Membership Grant ensures Fiji under-19 Development Camp success

Fiji Badminton staged their third initiative from their BWF membership grant this month as a group of under-19 players benefitted from a development camp. The initiative was split between Suva (central division) and Lautoka (western division) – two key bases for regular Shuttle Time delivery in Fiji over the last few years; a popular progressive…

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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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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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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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Gender Equity Grant encouraging girls in the Solomon Islands to pick up a racket with BWF Shuttle Time

Pictured: Roseanne Ulunga (back row, fourth in from the left) with BWF Shuttle Time Workshop attendees and participants The Solomon Islands is a nation formed of hundreds of islands in the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea as it’s closest neighbouring country. Currently, a small community of people play badminton across the country, with only three…

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Australia’s Gronya and Setyana climbing back to the top ahead of next month’s World Championships

Photo credit: Badminton Photo The whirlwind journey continues for Australia’s golden girls, Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa. A series of career highs and lows which included victories in Europe and Pan-America and career-threatening injuries have struck their performance in recent years. Yet Australian power duo, Gronya and Setyana, are leaping through the world rankings. Around…

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