Cook Islands serves badminton across the generations and prepares for National Island Games

Cook Islands badminton have long had to compete with the nation’s most popular contact sports such as netball, soccer, and rugby. However, when COVID-19 bought a temporary stop to contact sports, badminton became even more attractive as Shuttle Time sessions became oversubscribed. With parents. Quickly adapting to the new ‘ways of working’, the Cook Islands…

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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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International Youth Day: Junior players Lata and Mele enriching lives in Tongan communities

Pictured: Lata ‘Isitolo (left) and Mele Ingird (right) competing at the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2020 On Wednesday 12 August 2020, the United Nations are celebrating International Youth Day: International Youth Day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement The theme…

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Able-bodied and Para badminton players join forces to compete in the 2020 LiveLighter Perth Championships

Pictured: Grant Manzoney, Australia. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo. The 2020 LiveLighter Perth Championships will take place this weekend at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium, with over 200 players from the Western state competing. Badminton Western Australia is celebrating an emphatic return to the badminton court with limited restrictions on social gatherings – while other states in…

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Words of wisdom from Athens 2004 Olympians, Daniel Shirley and Sara Runesten-Petersen #StrongerTogether

Pictured: Daniel Shirley and Sara Runesten-Petersen, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo Daniel Shirley and Sara Runesten-Petersen were the sole New Zealand representatives in the badminton event at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and ultimately one of the nation’s most successful Mixed Doubles pairs. They had already celebrated a bronze medal at the Manchester 2002…

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The learnings from Beijing 2008 Olympic Games still remain today, says John Moody #StrongerTogether

Pictured: John Moody, New Zealand. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo New Zealand’s John Moody burst onto Oceania’s men’s singles scene in 2002 when he won the Fiji International. In the following years, Moody bettered his own achievements with each coming Continental Championships, starting with a bronze medal in 2004 when the event took place in Waitakere.…

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Upskill your sports industry knowledge with the first online course on sport and the sustainable development goals

Text by Sport and Dev | Badminton Oceania. Photo: Badminton Oceania staff undertaking the online course: sport and the sustainable development goals  Looking to sharpen your skills and knowledge within the sports industry? Earlier this year, the Badminton World Federation released various online components, courses and resources on their platform which are useful for anyone…

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Australia’s Sawan Serasinghe reflects on sports ability to unite us #StrongerTogether

Five-time Oceania men’s doubles champion (2015-19) and two-time mixed doubles champion (2017-18), Sawan Serasinghe, made his first Olympic Games appearance in Rio 2016. It didn’t take long for Sawan to break the internet as he made headlines around the world following his fast food feast at the end of his Olympic campaign. https://www.instagram.com/p/BJExHLCjJ_2/   Reflecting…

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Hsuan-Yu Chen reflects on solidarity, unity and diversity of Olympic Games #StrongerTogether – Tokyo 2020: One Year to Go

Pictured: Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen (Australia) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo Today (Thursday 23 July 2020) marks the One-Year-to-Go milestone before the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to be held in 2021. On this day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is bringing together everyone who embodies the values of the…

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