Insights from a badminton head coach

Badminton coaches are an influential group in the badminton community. They are amongst the most frequent and familiar faces on court and their work is essential to maintain and develop badminton talent. Given that coaches have to deal with a cross-section of players, students, and sports administrators and other coaches, they sometimes encounter challenges. Let’s find out from…

Interview with a pro stringer

For many players, string and tension are a secondary consideration after racquets. However, the tension with which a player strings their racquet can have a significant impact on the overall performance and feel of their racquet. It can be useful to seek expert advice from a professional stringer to identify a string and tension that feels…

Chinese triumph in last Badminton Superseries championship of the year

Chinese teen sensations Jia Yefan and Chen Qingchen have beaten the current world no. 1 women’s doubles pair, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, in a major upset at the latest BWF Superseries championship in Dubai. Although the field of badminton women’s doubles has long been dominated by Chinese players,  Matsutomo/Takahashi’s no. 1 ranking marks one of the…

Sydney Badminton International 2016

It’s a pity Australia is so small in the world of badminton. Some say Australia lacks the depth and range of talent and organisational framework to develop truly world class players. Others say a professional career in badminton is virtually impossible here since there’s no money in badminton. Badminton is commonly seen as a hobby in…

My dad’s story

With Father’s day around the corner, it’s an opportunity to thank my dad and share some of his story. He reckons he has the combined wisdom of 150 years (his and his mother’s) and perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s one of the strongest supporters and influences in my life. I’ve always respected my dad. His family wasn’t rich. They migrated from Guangzhou in southern China and had to make do with few…

Player Profile: Rolien Faber

I’m excited to bring you this interview with Rolien who happily volunteered to be interviewed. She’s a good friend and a strong left-handed player from the Netherlands. Rolien moved to Sydney from her home town two years ago and she’s a rare all-rounder, playing in singles, mixed doubles and women’s doubles events. We sat down to have a chat…

Player profile: Gilbert Chung

I enjoy listening to people as they open up about their lives. Gilbert is a quirky dad who organises social sessions at Victor Badminton Centre. People in the group are mainly Chinese or Malaysian and Mandarin is the most commonly spoken language. I popped by on a Saturday to learn more about the group and about Gilbert. Tell me a bit about this…

Player Profile: Carl Billington

I had to chase Carl down for this interview. He’s in the middle of running a vibrant Monday night badminton session for Sydney Badminton Players (pictured above). When he’s not running an IT company or a social session, he’s spending time with his young family. In this candid interview he shares his experiences and says it how it is. How did the Sydney Badminton Players group start? I…

Player profile: Arlo Jusuf

I have to confess, I assumed Arlo was an employee at EZ Box because I always saw him at Harry’s shop. It turns out it’s like his . A tournament organiser and player, he was inspired to pick up badminton after watching legendary Indonesian player Taufik Hidayat. We caught up at the new courts with Sydney Badminton Players to learn more. How did you get into badminton?…

Player Profile: Ben Tee

When Ben first moved to Sydney from Melbourne he joined Sydney Badminton Players and he’s been one of the group’s strongest regulars since. His ability to move with cat-like speed and agility is one of the hallmarks of his style. To do an interview with him, I simply tracked him down to his second home on court with Sydney Badminton Players in Waterloo. What…