Q+A with Australian Olympic debutant, Gronya Somerville

Pictured: Gronya Somerville. Photo credit: Australian Olympic Committee Another Olympic debutant in Tokyo is Gronya Somerville, representing Australia in the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles events. Gronya came close to qualification in Rio 2016 with her partner, Setyana Mapasa. However, Mapasa was ruled ineligible by the governing body following complication with her nationality change from…

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Humans of Shuttle Time: Matt Simpson – Australia

Pictured: Matt Simpson, Badminton Australia The Badminton World Federation’s Humans of Shuttle Time series presents the perspectives of those who work on badminton development at the grassroots level. Matt Simpson, Shuttle Time National Coordinator for Badminton Australia, talks about his journey in sport including 13 years as a competitive diver. Nowadays, he shares his passion for…

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Badminton Quartet Bound for Tokyo with Official Olympic Selection

Australian Olympic Committee Press Release. Photo credit: Badminton Australia The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the Badminton team for Tokyo 2020, with Gronya Somerville, Wendy Chen, Setyana Mapasa and Simon Leung to represent Australia. Somerville, Mapasa and Leung all make their Olympic debut, while Rio Olympian Chen returns for her second Games. Boasting more than…

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Six-time Oceania Champion, Wendy Chen, to compete in men’s singles event in Olympic training boost

With under five weeks to go until the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, reigning Oceania Champion and Australian national champion, Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen, is travelling to New Zealand to compete in the North Harbour Open 2021 – a domestic New Zealand tournament. Following her successful run at the VICTOR Oceania Championships since 2015…

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Team Up focuses on: Disability

Pictured: A participant in the Inclusive GymBad program in Papua New Guinea / Pacific Sports Partnerships In the latest of Team Up’s ‘focus on’ series, they explore why and how Team Up programs work towards greater disability inclusion in the Pacific. Shuttle Time is a critical part of the Inclusive GymBad programme which takes place…

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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 and WAoS announce second intake after successful first batch of sport industry scholarship holders

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) in partnership with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) have opened a new cycle of scholarships for WAoS’ and the University of London’s Postgraduate Certificate in International Sports Management. The programme provides unique opportunities for dual-career athletes who have chosen to pursue their education without giving up their elite sporting…

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Students showcase their talent at the sixth Annual College Tournament – Cook Islands

Secondary schools students from around Rarotonga came together to battle it out in the sixth Annual College Badminton Tournament on Friday 10 June at the National Sports Arena. The excellent initiative developed by Badminton Cook Islands enjoyed its sixth year in 2021, making a prominent revival following last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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