The landscape and peace of the island helps history-maker, Louis Beaubois, build on World Junior Championships preparations

Pictured: Tahiti’s Louis Beaubois holding a #WhiteCard to celebrate International Day of Sport Development and Peace Louis Beaubois made history last year alongside Teiva Politi as they became the first juniors from Tahiti to compete at the BWF World Junior Championships 2019. The recently turned 18-year-old has every intention of competing again this year as…

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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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Badminton Cook Islands celebrate a record six nominations at the Cook Islands Sports Awards

Badminton Cook Islands are celebrating after a total of five nominations at the Cook Islands Sports Awards, including two junior players in the Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year categories. Danniel Daniel was nominated following his ‘outstanding’ record over the last year, taking the national titles in men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles in…

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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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From pilot to performance: Tonga celebrating ninth year of Shuttle Time on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

In 2011, Tonga became the first country in the world to pilot the BWF Shuttle Time programme. Since it’s inception nine years ago, the initiative has gone on to provide communities and schools with badminton equipment and platforms to learn in over 130 countries. At the time, Badminton Oceania’s Development Manager, Nadia Bleaken, was new…

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Oceania Tour 2020 – cancelled

Following the cancellation and suspension of three events in Badminton Oceania’s playing calendar, the Oceania Tour 2020 has been cancelled. In March, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) suspended all HSBC BWF World Tour and BWF-sanctioned tournaments from 16 March – 12 April 2020 which had an impact on two of Badminton Oceania’s tournaments: the YONEX…

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Gronya Somerville: ‘I plan to bring my Sports Science Degree skills out during this time’

Pictured: Gronya Somerville, Australia. Photo credit: Badminton Photo It wasn’t until mixed doubles partner, Simon Leung, brought up the COVID-19 topic at the end of January that Somerville learnt of the virus. While competing in the Princess Sirivannavari Thailand Masters 2020 in January, Leung reached out to alert Gronya about the unfolding events in China,…

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Oceania represented at the BWF continental confederation assessors workshop

Pictured: David Turner and Kelly Hoare, Australian Umpires. Photo credit: Badminton Photo Earlier this month, two of Oceania’s Umpire Assessors joined like-minded individuals from across the globe to attend the BWF Umpire Assessors Workshop. The workshop was aimed at allowing all continents to maintain consistency when assessing – no matter where in the world they…

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Postponed

BWF MEDIA STATEMENT The International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo Organising Committee and Japan Government today confirmed that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation. IOC President Thomas Bach and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe confirmed the decision after conference call among leaders on Tuesday. A joint IOC-Tokyo Organising Committee statement…

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