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

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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 … 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

2016 Corporate Team Tournament at NBC Seven Hills
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2016 Corporate Team Tournament at NBC Seven Hills

They say success in team sports doesn’t just come down to having the best individual players on a team. It comes down to playing as a team, e.g. co-operating with people who may have different skills, styles or abilities. And I learned that teamwork requires good planning, communication and leadership. My team didn’t have the opportunity to meet each … Continue reading