High school badminton competition in Sydney
Badminton coaching / sports psychology / Tournaments

High school badminton competition in Sydney

I strode up and down along the side of the badminton court to calm myself. I was in a Sydney private school gymnasium on a Saturday morning for a badminton competition. My students were now playing their first match. I couldn’t really hide the emotions because my feelings showed on my face: calm, anxious, proud, frustrated, … Continue reading

Psychology / sports psychology

Mind your language: sports writing

You may jokingly refer to your racquet as a ‘weapon’ or ‘sword.’  But beneath the humour is respect and appreciation for the extraordinary feats that individuals can achieve if they possess enough determination and resilience. The language of sports is rich in idioms, allusions and metaphors and it touches our inner yearning for stories of … Continue reading

What’s your sports personality?
Badminton coaching / Psychology / sports psychology

What’s your sports personality?

Sports can reveal a lot about somebody’s personality. Famous tennis coach Vic Braden came up with a way to analyse the “brain types” of his players, based loosely on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. He identified that Roger Federer is an “NT,” an Intuitive Thinker. This enabled him to tailor his coaching style to suit the type who likes solutions, … Continue reading

Winners and losers in a tournament
sports psychology / Tournaments

Winners and losers in a tournament

  What makes a good tournament? Organisational management has a big impact on the final outcome. Consistent rules and scoring system, as well as fair play, are important in determining who wins the trophy.   There have been weekly badminton competitions in Sydney over the last month, hosted by different organisers for different purposes. They’re … Continue reading