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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BWF Shuttle Time helps schools to extend sports curriculum in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are one of the many countries in the Pacific that are formed of multiple islands – another challenge faced by our Member Associations when promoting BWF Shuttle Time among their communities. Cook Islands Badminton recently extended their reach to Aitutaki, known locally as ‘a little paradise’, which is home to approximately 1800…

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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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Team Tonga break the mold as three pairs make the Quarter-Finals – Samoa 2019 Pacific Game

Team Tonga are thriving in the Pacific badminton scene as their national federation grows stronger and their coaches become more competent. The Pacific Sports Partnership (PSP) also plays a significant role in Tonga’s development, helping to turn the BWF Shuttle Time initiative into a reality for many youngsters across the country, while supporting talented players…

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Youth Pastor, Televine Masefau: Using badminton to restore faith in her community’s next generation

Youth Pastor, Televine Masefau, of Samoa’s L.M.S. Pasefika Church is using badminton to restore faith in her community’s next generation. Televine Masefau, Front row on the right side. With the resources provided by BWF Shuttle Time, Televine is promoting health and wellbeing and helping children as young as five years find a new lease of…

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Tonga bring their Shuttle Time legacy to the YONEX North Harbour International 2019

The recent VICTOR Oceania Championships 2019 in Melbourne showcased the inspiring legacy from the Pacific Islands, with players from Tonga, the Cook Islands and Samoa who were introduced to badminton through the BWF Shuttle Time initiative which launched back in 2012. Many players in their junior teams took to the sport and went on to represent…

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From BWF Shuttle Time in the remote Pacific Islands to the international badminton stage

Compared to the other regions in the world, Oceania faces unique challenges due to the remoteness, distance between countries/continents and difficulty in accessing resources which creates several barriers to participation and challenges to our aspiring players. Many of the Pacific Islands face such challenges, which many other countries would take for granted, on a daily…

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