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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Oversized shuttlecocks and Pacific Games champion assist Shuttle Time in Papua New Guinea

Badminton Papua New Guinea (PNG) continues to celebrate a successful partnership with Gymnastics as part of the Pacific Sports Partnership, a programme which is funded by the Australian Government. The self-proclaimed ‘GymBad’ partnership allows the sports to join forces and share resources to make more participants active through Shuttle Time and gymnastics activities, while having…

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One year on since Samoa 2019, the team from Northern Marianas set their eyes on Pacific Mini Games 2022 and Shuttle Time

Last year, the team from Northern Marianas made history as they became the first representatives to compete in the badminton event at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games. Until then, the players had only ventured as far as Guam (200km away) to gain competitive experience. Unlike most other teams who competed in Samoa, Northern Marianas were…

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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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BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020 rescheduled to January 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) today announced the new dates for the BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020, which were scheduled to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in September this year. The rescheduled dates for the world event are 11-24 January 2021. Only those athletes eligible for the originally scheduled championships will…

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