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The Badminton Podcast

By Volant - simplifying the badminton journey
The podcast for badminton players, by badminton players, where we celebrate local heroes, interview players from all walks of life and push you to grow as a player and a person.

Your hosts are Jeff Tho and Henry Wong.

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84. The 3 pillars of coaching - Mads Selmer (DEN)
We have teacher, consultant, coach and entrepreneur Mads Selmer from Denmark as our guest on this episode. We talk about how he started out trying to be a professional player but his perspective shifted to wanting to inspire and help others to be the best they can. He moved on to teaching and coaching - where now his passion and knowledge led to him create an online badminton portal called Shuttle Life - built on 3 pillars of coaching. Check out his website: www.badminlink.com Connect with him on IG: @mads.selmer Watch his video "How to smash from beginner to advanced" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGY-gQ_3O8Y -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
44:18
April 11, 2021
83. Not playing badminton isn't an option - Alistair Casey (SCO/USA)
We're hearing from Alistair Casey, former professional badminton player for Scotland who qualified for 5 consecutive World Championships 2007 through 2013 in Men’s Singles. He has won 5 senior international tournaments in Men’s Singles and 1 in Men’s Doubles. He competed in the main draw of the Super Series tour 2008 through 2011. Alistair eventually became the personal coach for Iris Wang at the end of 2014 and coached her court-side at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games. He shares a very interesting story about how he overcame so obstacles and rejections throughout his career, driven by an unrelentless belief that not playing badminton wasn't an option.  Ask him your questions via email: alistair.casey@usabadminton.org -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
47:29
April 4, 2021
82. Tobias Wadenka (GER) - Finding your own way
Welcome Tobias Wadenka onto the podcast, a former professional badminton player from Germany who is a coach at an elite sports school and runs a YouTube channel, online badminton course and podcast! We talk about his badminton story and how he didn't take such a 'conventional' badminton pathway. Instead, he was been able to find is own way throughout his career and to where he is now. Ask him your questions by connecting with him on Instagram: @tobiaswadenka His YouTube channel is awesome too - check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfRMnJ4f02bKXts3OE8eOEw -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
52:59
March 28, 2021
81. Howard Bach (USA) - Badminton is bigger than you & me
We've got another former world champion on the podcast today. And his name is Howard Bach from the United States of America. Along with his world title in 2005 with Tony Gunawan, he has competed at 2 x Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and has won 18 USA national titles.  Howard now finds himself giving back to the sport that has given him so much - with a very clear message that he's projecting to badminton in the USA: it's SO MUCH BIGGER than just you and me. Ask him your questions by connecting with him on Instagram: @howardbachbadminton -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
01:00:44
March 21, 2021
80. Fighting Spirit - Anna Mikhalkova (UKR)
Welcome, Anna Mikhalkova from Ukraine! She's been representing Ukraine since she was a junior and currently trains at the Centre of Excellence in Denmark. Anna's story is a very interesting one, indeed. And when you hear it, you'll be able to see where she gets her fighting spirit from - which is something that's she's been able to call upon when times were the toughest. Connect with her on Instagram: @vaaimikhalko -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
37:08
March 14, 2021
79. From Strength to Power - Sean Maloney (ENG)
How do you improve strength & power in a way that specifically improves your badminton performance? We're talking to Sean Maloney on this episode, who will answer this question! He has worked with GB Badminton and the English Institute of Sport. He is a Strength and Conditioning coach with a PhD in Biomechanics, and lecturer. Ask him your questions by emailing him: sean@maloneyperformance.com OR connect with him on Instagram: @badminton.fit -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
56:24
March 7, 2021
78. Badminton Insight - Greg Mairs & Jenny Moore (ENG)
Have you heard of the YouTube channel 'Badminton Insight' or visited the website www.badminton-insight.com ? If you have, then you probably already know Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore - Guinness World Record Holders and professional badminton players from England who have had a World Ranking high of 38. They are also the creators of Badminton Insight! In this episode, we explore how they've developed as athletes in both their sports, academics and life, with a very special mention to Andy Wood, who has helped them to think about things very differently. We also hear why they started Badminton Insight and the goal behind it all. Be sure to have a listen! Check out their YouTube Channel: Badminton Insight Website here: www.badminton-insight.com OR connect with them on Instagram: @badminton.insight -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
53:59
February 28, 2021
77. Marcus Ellis (ENG) - I take full responsibility
Marcus Ellis: current number 22 in the world for Men’s Doubles and 9 in the world for Mixed Doubles. An Olympic bronze medallist in Men’s Doubles, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist in mixed doubles and European Champion in both events. In this episode, we're talking to Marcus while he is in Bangkok for the Yonex Thailand Open, Toyota Thailand Open and BWF World Series in 2 weeks of isolation. Marcus takes us on his badminton journey and shares with us how it was so important for him to be accountable for everything that happened to him - whether it be good or bad. He also reveals how much hair product Chris Langridge uses each day!  Check him out and follow him on Instagram: @marcusellis89 and on Twitter: @ellis_marcus111 -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
47:30
February 21, 2021
76. The fight for funding - Robin Middleton (ENG/AUS)
Welcome Robin Middleton. Englishman turned Australian! He’s a former professional badminton player who got to as high as world number 13 in Mixed Doubles and 17 for Men’s doubles, while he was playing for England. He then went to represent Australia at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, and 2016 Olympic Games. In this episode, we talk about the pressures that face badminton players (especially in England), and the differences that he noticed not only in the training, but also in the culture of English vs Australian badminton. Ask him all your questions by emailing him: robmiddleton85@yahoo.com.au OR connect with him on Facebook: @Robin J Middleton -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
41:58
February 14, 2021
75. Making up for lost time - Don Hearn (Badzine)
Don Hearn, an editor from Badzine, is the guest on the podcast this week! If you haven’t heard of Badzine before, they inform fans and readers about what is going on in our sport through articles, news and features. After moving from Canada to South Korea in 1995, he was asked to be an editor by the founder of Badzine and Solibad - Raphael Sachetat.  Don shares his thoughts about badminton as a whole and how as a sport, we are playing 'catch up' in comparison to other mainstream sports. -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
50:35
February 7, 2021
74. Mads Conrad-Petersen (DEN) - Is Badminton Your Identity?
We're excited to bring you this episode with Mads Conrad-Petersen from Denmark. Former world number 4 in Men's Doubles with Mads Pieler Kolding, European Champion and finalist in 4 Super Series.  A clip of his match went viral after some acrobatic, trick-shot badminton that was picked up by Ozzy Man Reviews. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out here: https://twitter.com/ozzymanreviews/status/819131515011354624?lang=en In this episode, we talk about his amazing career and how badminton can really form such a big part of one's life that it ultimately becomes their identity.  Check him out and follow him on Instagram: @madsconrad1 -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
46:41
January 31, 2021
73. Lauren Smith (ENG) - Front Court Secrets
Lauren Smith is our guest on this episode of The Badminton Podcast. She needs no formal introduction as she is very well known all over the world.  She is an 2016 Olympian, was the European Champion in 2019, and at time of recording, is ranked number 9 in the world in mixed doubles. She has also won 5 x Commonwealth Games Medals - 3 silver and 2 bronze, and has 9 English National Titles to her name. In this episode, we talk about how the resilience she showed from a very young age has pushed her to be the badminton player she is today. She also reveals some secrets on how to be a better doubles front court player - so make sure you tune in! You can check out what crazy and interesting things she is up to by following her on Instagram: @lozzaz123 -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
58:17
January 24, 2021
72. Build the Plane While Falling - Aylex Lin (AylexTV)
Meet Global Superstar, Aylex Lin (known as Aylex TV). He has an extremely diverse and multi-faceted list of achievements! From a badminton point of view, he's a former provincial champion and national third badminton athlete in Canada. And outside of badminton he's in the entertainment industry (he's an emcee, opera singer, musician & performer) and runs businesses in real estate, e-commerce and social media. In this episode, you'll hear how he exudes a confidence that has been instrumental in his life so far, and how there's so much more to come. You'll also hear about an anime character who helped inspire this mindset from a very early age. You don't want to miss this one! You can find him on his Instagram, Tiktok or YouTube: @aylextv  -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
39:04
January 17, 2021
71. Judgement Detox - Iris Wang (USA)
We're excited to be talking to Iris Wang - a 26 year old Women's Singles player from the USA who competed at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games  and has had a world ranking of number 30. In this episode, we talk about a dilemma that a lot of young badminton players face - the decision whether to keep playing badminton professionally or move into academics or work. Iris has done both - so she has lots of insights and thoughts that could help you with your decision. You should also follow her journey on Facebook: @IrisWangTeamUSA -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
35:19
January 10, 2021
70. Badminton Chameleon - Christopher Trenholme
We're speaking to Christopher Trenholme on this episode - who is a member of the senior management team at the Badminton World Federation (BWF), where he leads a team of six officers and managers responsible for Badminton/Para Badminton tournaments, rankings, player management, sanctioning and so much more! In this episode, Chris talks about how important the enjoyment of the process is and gives us insights into the event management space for badminton and how the broader skills and experiences you gain throughout life can help you succeed in this area and a sports career. Find him on his Instagram: @thevikingdiaries -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
47:46
January 3, 2021
69. Take control of your journey - Peter Briggs (ENG / CAN)
We're speaking to Peter Briggs on this episode - former English national champion who has had a world ranking of 34 in Men's Doubles. One of his greatest victories was over the former world number 1 Malaysian pair: Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat. In this episode, Peter talks about how important it is to make choices that make the most sense for you - not someone else. And in doing so, sometimes it means taking steps that you thought may not have been possible.  Find him on at the Mandarin Badminton Club in Markham, Toronto (Canada) IN PERSON! Or on his Instagram: @peterbriggsofficial  And on his website: www.briggsybadminton.com -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
50:02
December 27, 2020
68. Stewarding the Grace of a Champion - Samuel Ricketts (JAM)
Meet Samuel Ricketts - a Jamacian Men's Singles player (formerly Men's Doubles) who is number 166 in the world. He's also graduated from  Loughborough University in the United Kingdom with a Bachelors of Physics with Sports Science and has musical talents too, playing 2 different instruments.  We really enjoyed our chat to Samuel and felt inspired by his ability to see things from such a unique and broad perspective - including how uses Grace to help guide him through his life.  If you're looking for some perspective, this episode is really going to get you grounded and thinking right again! He's happy for you to contact him too, if you want to have a chat. Find him on Instagram: @sammirick -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
01:01:45
December 20, 2020
67. Badminton Influencer - Ben Beckman (ENG)
Have you wondered what Ben Beckman has been up to since our chat with him on episode 30 of the podcast? Or do you want to know what it's like to be an influencer - more specifically a BADMINTON INFLUENCER? Tune into this episode to hear about Ben's journey since the conclusion of Swift Badminton and see how well he's doing. You can tune into his videos on the BWF's Instagram or Facebook page: @bwf.official And you can follow Ben on his Instagram: @ben_beckman_bwf -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
55:05
December 13, 2020
66. Eggs, Bananas & Chocolate - Jojo Jee (MAS)
Jojo Jee, a long time listener and fan of @thebadmintonpodcast joins us on today's episode! In the episode, we refer to our episode with Loh Kean Yew so if you'd like to listen to this one, here's the link: https://anchor.fm/thebadmintonpodcast/episodes/39--Loh-Kean-Yew-SIN---being-hungry-changes-everything-ecv8ia We talk to Jojo about her life as a Malaysian state badminton player and what it was like when she was just 9 years old and was selected into her first state team. We discuss the badminton scene in Malaysia, how talent is identified and let you in on her secret performance food: eggs, bananas and chocolate! Find her on Instagram: @jojoisdeadinside_  OR To get coached by her in KL, find the club Duo Sparks on Instagram: @duosparks or on their website: www.duosparks.com.my -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com Get a FREE gym and mindset program specifically for badminton here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-programs -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
40:05
December 6, 2020
65. Finding hope in unexpected places - Chequeda De Boulet (TTO)
We welcome Chequeda (AKA Queda) De Boulet, the first Trinidadian on The Badminton Podcast! Although only 19 years of age, she has so much knowledge and wisdom. We both came out inspired to be better and to continue 'chipping away' at our goals. It's not about overnight success but persistence to the process and journey. We can't wait to follow her career and life as she continues to grow and develop as both a badminton player and an amazing human being! Find her on Instagram: @c_deboulet And on Facebook: Chequeda De Boulet -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
50:09
November 29, 2020
64. Felix Burestedt (SWE) - Success in 3 words
We welcome Felix Burestedt back onto the podcast - the current world number 57 in Men's Singles, and top ranked player from Sweden. Felix shares his story and how he badminton has brought him across Sweden and into Denmark & Germany - a journey which he's pursuing in order to allow him to reach his full potential.  There are heaps of key takeaways and one that really stands out - how to analyse your matches in 3 words/steps. It's GOLD and you don't want to miss it! Find him and follow his journey on Instagram: @felixburestedt -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
42:20
November 22, 2020
63. It's never too late - Nathan Tang (AUS)
Nathan Tang is an Australian MS player who will be representing Australia at the 2021 Thomas Cup Finals, which was originally being help in October 2020 - but was postponed due to COVID-19. His career started very late, and in this episode, he discussed his journey and his hope is to inspire the younger generations of players to KEEP AT IT - because if you do, you may find that opportunities may open up for you that you may not have thought possible. Connect with Nathan on Instagram: @liteandtangy -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
01:00:36
November 15, 2020
62. Gronya Somerville's romance & COVID projects (AUS)
Is Gronya Somerville single?  Listen in to find out! You'll also hear what Gronya Somerville has been up to during the COVID lockdowns.  Based in Melbourne, Australia, she has been in one of the longest and most strict lockdowns in the world. And she's been making full use of the time with some new projects she has been working on! There's lots of catching up to do! If you don't already follow her, you should on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube: @gronyasomerville To join one of her online badminton-specific workouts, visit: https://www.gronyasomerville.com.au/ -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
44:12
November 8, 2020
61. Derrick Ng (CAN) - Don't let money stop you
Meet Derrick Ng, the Head Coach at Bellevue Badminton Club and a former professional player. His achievements include a world ranking of number 25, 11 Canadian National Titles, 4 Pan America Titles and 39 International Medals. Derrick speaks about how he went through a lot of financial hardship and still managed to live his badminton dream. He also speaks about the importance to have an open mind and to experiment in order for you to get the best out of yourself.  Heaps of golden nuggets of knowledge in this one! Get into contact with him by emailing him: derrick@bellevuebadmiton.com,  follow up on Instagram: @derrickng21 OR visit his website: http://derrickng.com -- Find us on Instagram: @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Contact us via email: tbp.volant@gmail.com -- This episode was brought to you by Volant. Check them out: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear Email: team@volantwear.com
52:00
November 1, 2020
60. Badminton is BACK! - with Felix Burestedt
BADMINTON IS BACK! How good was it to watch live badminton again? We absolutely loved it and missed it so much! We talk to Felix Burestedt about his experiences at the Denmark Open 2020, and ask him questions that we all have about the 'new normal' of badminton tournaments amidst COVID-19. Make sure you share this episode with everyone who is excited as us that badminton is back! -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
23:17
October 25, 2020
59. BWF's singing umpire - David Turner (AUS)
Our guest on this episode, David Turner, is a man of many talents. And you'll hear those as your listen to this one! On the badminton scene, David is a former international BWF umpire, lines judge and is a member of the BWF Assessment Panel. In this episode, he talks about the pathway to being a world-class badminton offical, whether that be an umpire, lines judge or referee. We really do think that our officials in badminton don't get recognised for the work that they do - and hope that this episode shows the appreciation that the world has for these amazing people.  -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
58:31
October 18, 2020
58. Rachel Honderich (CAN) - The truth about Canadian badminton
Rachel Honderich is our guest for this one! She is currently (at time of recording) ranked 23 in the world in Women's Doubles and has been as high as 36 in Women's Singles.  In this episode, she explained the importance of having role models - which for her was Michelle Li - in the development of being a international badminton player. We also discuss what makes or breaks great doubles combinations, and the challenges that all top Canadian badminton players when training at home. Want to follow her progress? Follow her on Instagram or Facebook @rachelhonderich -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
51:48
October 11, 2020
57. Smash harder & own your backhand - Eric Go (USA)
Want to how to have a harder, more powerful and faster smash? Or have a way to improve your backhand? If so, you've come to the right episode! The USA's former number 1 Men's Singles player, Eric Go, is our guest. In this episode, we fire the most common badminton-related questions at him so that you get the answers you're looking for. With all of the knowledge and experience he has had as a player and coach, there's so much to be taken from this one.  Got more questions? Connect with Eric via email: Ericjgo001@gmail.com (NOTE: ERIC'S EMAIL ADDRESS IS INCORRECT ON THE RECORDING!!! USE THE ABOVE EMAIL ADDRESS!) -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
56:26
October 4, 2020
56. Making it happen in Oceania - Julie Carrel (BOC)
This episode is brought to you by Badminton Oceania. And in this one, we speak to Julie Carrel, the CEO of Badminton Oceania (BOC) - one of the continental confederations of the Badminton World Federation. She shares what Badminton Oceania has done and growth to, and where they are headed - which involves great things for badminton. This episode is jam-packed with great information, and if you would like even more, be sure to visit: https://badmintonoceania.org/ -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
47:44
September 27, 2020
55. A cross-cultural badminton journey - Bjorn Seguin (FRA / USA)
We welcome Bjorn Seguin onto the podcast! Bjorn is a former international Men's Singles badminton player who won several international titles such as the Argentina Open, Colombia International Series and New Caledonia Open, in addition to multiple Pan Am Championships medals. He also had a career-high world ranking of 67. In this episode, Bjorn shares how his badminton journey took him across multiple continents and how, because of badminton, he is able to call many of these places "home".  He also answers a question regarding string tension, as requested by one of our followers from Indonesia, Naga. Want more info? Contact Bjorn on Twitter: @BjornSeguin -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
51:04
September 20, 2020
54. Smashing birdies & a degree - Esther Shi & William Hu (USA)
We welcome the first recipients of the First Ever Foundation onto the podcast - Esther Shi and William Hu from the US. Along with them is Rajiv Rai, now a coach and the CEO of the First Ever Foundation. Get to know Esther and William on a deeper level and hear how badminton has help them mature into positive young adults who are showing us all that you can go to college while still playing badminton. For more information about the First Ever Foundation, listen to episode 37 of the podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebadmintonpodcast/episodes/37--First-Ever-Foundation---Rajiv-Rai-USA-ee2tu7 Connect with William Hu  on Instagram: @william.who Stay updated with Esther Shi on Instagram: @esthershi07 -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
52:38
September 13, 2020
53. Denmark's biggest kept secret - Steen Pedersen (DEN)
Want to know why Denmark dominates badminton in Europe and is a contender in world badminton as one of the best badminton nations? Who better to answer that question than Steen Pedersen! If you don't know him by name, you'll know him by the sound of his voice - he is one of the top commentators for the BWF with Gill Clarke. He also used to be the head coach of the Danish National Team, so HE KNOWS BADMINTON! Tune in, enjoy and share this episode! -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
50:50
September 6, 2020
52. Anup Sridhar (IND) - how did India get so good?
Meet Anup Sridhar from India - a former Men’s Singles Olympian, bronze medalist at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and a career-high world ranking of number 24. His biggest victories include those over Taufik Hidayat, Park Sung Hwan and Peter Gade. In this episode, we hear about badminton in India - how does badminton look like over there? We also discuss how India has been able to put themselves on the map as one of the world's badminton powerhouses. Contact Anup via email: anupsridhar.ba@gmail.com -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
46:13
August 30, 2020
51. Will you do what it takes? - Andrew Dabeka (CAN)
Our guest for this episode, Andrew Dabeka, was a 6-time Canadian Champion and was ranked number 20 in world in Men's Singles around the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In this episode, he talks about high performance badminton - how to get there, how to stay there and how to maintain at the top. His vast experience as a professional player and coach boil down to a very powerful question for all badminton players wanting to go pro: will you do what it takes? Connect with him and ask him all the questions you have by emailing: andrew@yonex.ch -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
58:53
August 23, 2020
50. Tony Gunawan (USA / INA) - win or learn: they’re your options
Episode number 50 is here!  And we've got something special for you for our half-century! One of the best Men's Doubles players of all time.  Listen to this episode if you want to hear about what it takes to create the world's best badminton players, from the man himself,  Tony Gunawan.   Train with Tony: http://globalbadmintonacademy.com/  --  Find us on: www.volantwear.com  Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only)  Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast  Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
48:51
August 16, 2020
49. Critical thinking in badminton - Cindy Yuan (USA)
Meet a Cindy Yuan, a former USA junior player from San Francisco, California who has been playing badminton since 2009.  She currently studies Anthropology and Human-Centered Design at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. In this episode, Cindy shares with us how badminton has helped her to think differently, which has helped her in her academics and life. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
35:27
August 9, 2020
48. Michelle Li (CAN) - think outside the box
Michelle Li - a household badminton name.  This great Canadian badminton player, and our dear friend, joins us on our podcast to share all of the wisdom she has gained from her badminton career, and how she has been able to break through to be one of the world's best Women's Singles players despite being from Canada: a less-developed badminton country. So much wisdom in one episode! We're truly proud to bring you this one. Follow her progress and life on Instagram: @michelleli Follow her Instagram Fanpage: @michellelifanbase -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
43:56
August 2, 2020
47. Mariana Ugalde (MEX) - the Mexican icon
Meet Mariana Ugalde, a Mexican badminton play and games-show celebrity. In this episode, Mariana talks about her badminton experiences and how she created a career in badminton despite having limited funding and access to training in her home country. An important point that she brings up is about having the courage to ask for help - because when you do, you'll be surprised at who will actually will. Follow her progress and colourful life on Instagram, Twitter & TikTok: @mariana_ugaldec -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
50:16
July 26, 2020
46. NZBL: a COVID product - Anona Pak & Abhinav Manota (NZL)
This episode is brought to you by Badminton New Zealand and Volant Wear. In this episode, we sit down with New Zealand national badminton players Anona Pak and Abhinav Manota to talk about an exciting new event: The New Zealand Badminton League.  We discuss the ins and outs of the league; why it was created, what's involved and how to watch. We also get the opportunity to have a laugh with these two down-to-earth players and get to know about their badminton stories and how badminton has shaped their lives. To watch The New Zealand Badminton League, search for "Sky Sport Next" on YouTube or use this link: https://www.youtube.com/c/SkySportNext/featured REMEMBER: the finals for the NZBL are on 28th & 29th July 2020 so tune in LIVE! The NZBL website:  www.nzbadmintonleague.com The NZBL Facebook & Instagram: @nzbadmintonleague Team Instagram Handles ONEPURE Wolves: @onepurewolves HUAWEI Dragons: @huaweidragons TIGER BROKERS tigers: @tigerbrokertigers HEYTOUR Hawks: @heytourhawks Our Guests On This Episode Anona Pak: @alohanonie Abhinav Manota: @abhinavmanota -- FIND US ON: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
47:21
July 19, 2020
45. Daniela Macias (PER) - a Peruvian perspective
Meet 22-year-old Peruvian badminton star, Daniela Macias. We talk about all of her experiences of in badminton including the fun ritual of peeing in a cup! Follow her journey on Instagram: @daniela.macias14 -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
42:03
July 12, 2020
44. Badminton & academics. Why not both? - Martyn Lewis (WAL)
In addition to his former world ranking of No. 17 in Men's Doubles, Martyn Lewis has a myriad of badminton achievements to his name as a player. And now, as the Head Performance Coach at the University of Nottingham, he play a pivotal role in supporting student players in badminton and their academics. In this episode, Martyn tells us about what he, and the University of Nottingham is doing, that allows students to have dual careers in both sport and education. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
43:31
July 5, 2020
43. Lino Munoz (MEX) - making Mexican history
Meet a Mexican celebrity! Lino Munoz, the current number 1 Men's Singles player in Mexico. In this 60 minute episode, he shares his story, including being on one of Mexico City's most watched TV shows, and how that has helped him publicly spread the word of badminton in his country. He's a great guy and we had heaps of fun chatting to him! Follow his progress on Instagram: @lino_789 -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
01:00:44
June 28, 2020
42. Kestutis Navickas (LTU) - be more than just an athlete
Kestutis Navickas. A name which has been around in world badminton for almost 15 years, 13 of them being a professional Men's Singles player, and now a coach at The Centre for Excellence in Denmark. We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Kestutis on this episode, where he talks not only about badminton, but the importance of working on who you are as a person so that you're developing in ways that exceed "just being an athlete".  Tune in and take notes for this one! Catch him on Instagram: @kestutis_navickas -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
48:40
June 21, 2020
41. Vinson Chiu (USA) - badminton isn't just fun. It's therapy
Meet the number 1 mixed doubles player from the USA, Vinson Chiu. In this podcast, Vinson talks about how badminton wasn't just fun for him growing up - it really had a huge impact on his life and his family. And with all of that passion, he has his sights high to overcome the naysayers and becomes one of the USA's first home-grown badminton players who makes a mark on the world badminton scene. Connect with him: @vinson.chiu -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
45:49
June 14, 2020
40. Toby Penty (ENG) - don't lose your head
England's number 1 Men's Singles player, Toby Penty has had to not only battle with things on court, but off the court too. One of the biggest challenges being alopecia - an autoimmune disorder resulting in unpredictable hair loss. Listen to this podcast about how Toby has worked through this very challenging condition which he has had to come to terms with, accept and grow from.  So listen to this episode if you're ready to grow. Connect with Toby: @tobypenty1 -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
51:25
June 7, 2020
39. Loh Kean Yew (SIN) - being hungry changes everything
Introducing Loh Kean Yew, the number 1 Men's Singles player from Singapore. Listen to his story about how he has made a name for himself in world badminton, especially after beating Lin Dan in straight sets in the finals of the 2019 Thailand Masters, and winning a silver medal in the 2019 South East Asian Games. Kean Yew talks about how his hunger for victory helped spur him on in the moments that mattered most, and demonstrates the importance of knowing WHY you want something - rather than just wanting the achievement itself. Follow him on Instagram: @lohkeanyew -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
47:25
May 31, 2020
38. The PAIN of an Olympic journey - Daniel Fan (AUS)
Meet Daniel Fan, a Men's Singles player who was going all-out for on his 2020 Tokyo Olympics campaign. You may think that travelling around the world competing full time is like a dream come true - which it is for many athletes. But that doesn't mean that there aren't nightmares along the way. In this podcast, we take a deep dive into the how difficult the journey can be and how it's important to recognise the pain that it truly is. This allows us to hit the bottom so that we have a chance to push back up. For your very own customised sneakers by Daniel, check him out on Instagram: @_13ert5 -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
55:13
May 24, 2020
37. First Ever Foundation - Rajiv Rai (USA)
This episode is a winner! Both because we got to talk to Rajiv (aka Raju) Rai, former Olympian and number 37 Men's Singles player in the world. And  because we talk about the power of proximity, morning routines, ANTS and the FIRST EVER FOUNDATION: a non-profit initiative just for badminton players. Tune in for a laugh and to feel the impact of his passion, which is going to want you to leave your very own legacy. For information about the First Every Foundation, visit: https://www.firsteverfoundation.com/ Get social with them on Facebook and Instagram: @firsteverfoundation -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
01:05:44
May 17, 2020
36. Badminton's next chapter - Jamie Parsons (AUS)
Have you ever heard of badminton being a backyard sport or "just one of those sports that we played in school that one time"?  We would often hear that and get frustrated that people don't understand that badminton isn't just a "backyard" or "hobby" sport. But when we spoke to Jamie, he changed our perspective.  Being the new CEO of Badminton Australia, Jamie shares his wisdom in how we can grow our sport within our community - wherever we are in the world. His very impressive resume and success in other sporting bodies is something that all badminton community members can learn from. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
43:52
May 10, 2020
35. Oliver Leydon-Davis (NZL) - badminton has levelled up
Oliver Leydon-Davis, often called "Olly", is a New Zealand Men's Doubles and Mixed Double player who has spent time training with team XTRM in Taiwan, and playing for Højbjerg in the Danish Liga, reaching the semi-finals in 2018.  He's also been part of the BWF commentary team at Sudirman and Thomas/Uber Cup finals and NZ Open, working with the likes of Gill Clark and Steen Pedersen.  In this episode, Olly takes us through his badminton journey and we discuss the changes in badminton over the years and what we predict moving into the future, which is a topic that was requested by a Volant Community member, Matthew . -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
56:28
April 26, 2020
34. Rajiv Ouesph (ENG) - a decade at the top
Being the former English Number 1 Men's Singles player for 10 years,  European Champion, top 10  in the world and quarter-finalist at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Rajiv Ouseph is extremely well known in the badminton community. This podcast is about his story which has lead him to such great achievements and advice that you can't get easily. Wisdom that you can only get from someone who has 'been there and done that'.  -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
44:23
April 12, 2020
33. Gronya Somerville (AUS) - Thoughts on COVID-19 & the 2020 Olympics
Welcoming our previous guest and co-host, Gronya Somerville for another episode! She talks about the effects of COVID-19 on her badminton and life, and how you can get the most out of the self-isolation or lockdowns that a lot of us are experiencing.  Gronya also gives us an insight as to how she felt about the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games being postponed to 2021 and the possible implications this may have on athletes who have prepared specifically for the event. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
32:57
April 5, 2020
32. Stop overthinking in matches - Community Q & A (AUS)
Power to the people! Thanks to Ilona, who contacted us via Instagram with a question, we have started The Badminton Podcast's Community Q & A where we answer the questions that you send us. We'll also start inviting guests to answer these questions for you also. In this episode, we talk about the mental side of badminton and how to get out of your head, when you get sucked into the trap of overthinking. This content is supremely important and can have a huge effect on your performance. Please continue to send in your questions and we can get them answered - as a community. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
30:17
March 22, 2020
31. Shining the light on para-badminton - Celine Vinot (AUS)
Introducing Celine Vinot. An Australian para-badminton player,  Australian Champion in Women's SL3 singles and ranked 15th in the world in singles and 25th in the world in WD with her partner Caitlin Dransfield.  In this episode, Celine explains the different categories of para-badminton, how the sport is developing and busts some common myths associated with the sport. Tune in to learn something about how own sport doesn't have boundaries! -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
37:00
March 15, 2020
30. Bend it like Ben Beckman (ENG)
We're excited to welcome another guest from Swift Badminton for this episode, Ben Beckman. Ben is a former national men's singles player who represented England in the 2008 Thomas Cup Finals in 2008. He has had a rich family history in badminton and in this episode, speaks about how he quit university to pursue his career in badminton, the current state of English badminton and his involvement with Jonathan Tang, founder of Swift Badminton.  -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
01:04:52
March 8, 2020
29. Badminton CEO - Richard Vaughan (WAL)
Ever wanted to be a CEO? How about a CEO of a sports federation?  Richard Vaughan, former CEO of Badminton Ireland and current CEO of Squash Australia has some real wisdom to share with you. Even if you don't want to be a CEO yourself, he shares what's important for growth as a sport or any business.  -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
51:48
March 1, 2020
28. Brice Leverdez (FRA) - shaping the beliefs of the next generation
Brice Leverdez. The man whose results on the world circuit are breaking down limiting beliefs for the next generation of French players.  He's beaten some the world's best Men's Singles players from Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Kenichi Tago, Anthony Ginting & Chou Tien Chen.  In this episode, he not only shares his badminton journey, but also shares his passion for sustainability and protecting our planet, and how he consciously makes choices to best serve the world we live in. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
54:14
February 23, 2020
27. Kirsty Gilmour (SCO) - the things you don't see
Meet Kirsty Gilmour, a Scottish Women's Singles player who has reach as high as number 14 in the world. This episode has it all: quick-fire questions to warm up, funny parts, serious parts and everything in between. It's our privilege to have Kirsty on the podcast for his episode because she's a character that everyone has come to love. And if you don't know of her yet, you soon will! -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
54:24
February 16, 2020
26. Sam Magee (IRL) - competing against the big badminton nations
Ever heard of the Sam Magee & the Magee family?  They're doing great things for badminton in Ireland and have played a huge part in growing our great sport for their country.  In this episode, we speak in person with Sam Magee, who is currently (at time of recording) ranked #31 in the world in mixed doubles with his sister, Chloe Magee. Sam shares insights about his family, life on tour, Asian vs European opponents and the realities of competing at big tournaments as a player from a smaller/less-developed badminton nation.  -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
58:34
February 9, 2020
25. Asian vs European Training Styles - Ruud Bosch (NED)
We all know that the world's best badminton players are from Asia and Europe. But have you ever wondered about the differences between Asian and European training styles? In this episode we dig deeper into these contrasting styles of training, which ultimately shapes the type player that steps into the arena. Leading the conversation is someone who has had a wealth of experience in both the Asian and European badminton scenes, Ruud Bosch - a former Dutch national player with 7 national titles, European Team Silver Medal, International Tournament Winner and Head Coach of X-TRM Team in Taiwan.  On top of all of that, he is currently the Dutch National Coach and is helping his players qualify for the 2020 (now 2021) Tokyo Olympic Games. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
58:36
February 2, 2020
24. Joshua Hurlburt-Yu (CAN) - it's not easy to stop playing badminton!
Joshua Hurlburt-Yu is a Canadian Mixed Doubles player who is currently ranked #29 in the world with Josephine Wu. He is the Canadian National Champion, Pan Am Games Champion and also has bunch of international titles under his belt. In this episode, Josh talks about his half-Chinese half-German heritage and badminton story - how he started, the ups and downs and the multiple times he tries to 'hang up his rackets' - and fails! Follow him on Instagram: @joshuabhyu -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
59:06
January 26, 2020
23. Foot for thought - Jasmine Kouch (AUS)
Meet Jasmine Kouch. She's a podiatrist from Melbourne, Australia and helps badminton players prevent and manage injuries to allow them to constantly play at their best.  In this episode, she discusses the most common podiatry-related injuries, how to prevent them and how to manage them if you ever experience them. She also runs through the top 3 things to look for when choosing a badminton shoe - something that you can start using right away. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
55:44
January 19, 2020
22. Subtle Badminton Traits - a chat with Josef Sutrisna (NZL)
In this episode, we talk about current badminton trends in the world and how although training badminton technique is important, the way you play badminton can be your own expression of yourself. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
52:15
January 12, 2020
21. 2020 Olympic Medal Predictions - Jeff Tho & Henry Wong (AUS)
Happy New Year! The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are fast approaching with less than 4 months before the Olympic qualification period ends. Based on the results of 2019, Jeff & Henry give you their predictions as to who will be standing on the Olympic podium at the Games. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook, YouTube Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast (IG only) Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
38:50
January 5, 2020
20. The Imposter Syndrome - Mia Naslund (USA)
Mia Naslund is a current Masters student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America. She is a current member of her school’s intercollegiate badminton team. And on the team, she is one of the main coordinators for traveling to tournaments around the Midwestern region of the United States. In this episode, Mia talks about The Imposter Syndrome. A very common phenomenon that can often hold you back. And how the first step to overcoming it is to be informed about it, and aware of its presence. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
54:23
December 29, 2019
19. Badminton-preneurship - Swift Badminton (ENG)
Ever watched a video by Swift Badminton? His YouTube channel has a following of 63.7K and a total view count of 4.2 million at the time of this recording, of which the most popular videos are "How to Play Backhands like Taufik Hidayat" and "Perfect Badminton Low Serve Every Time”. Introducing Jonathan Tang, speaking to us from the UK and the founder of Swift Badminton.  Jonathan talks about his journey in badminton, including his "Badminton-preneur" choices and mindset. He shows us the keys to success and how to take on the myriad of challenges that entrepreneurship brings. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
01:03:53
December 22, 2019
18. The ingredients for success – Tjitte (TJ) Weistra (NED / PER / NZL / AUS)
Tjitte (TJ) is a former Dutch Men’s Singles player and national coach of the Peruvian and New Zealand national teams. After spending decades in badminton, he has changed fields and is a business mentor at Startup Boot Camp and a business manager at Strategy Hubb. In this episode, he discusses the ingredients of success, where it often comes down to one thing: it’s all about the people. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
58:22
December 15, 2019
17. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (DEN) - balancing professional badminton with life
HK Vittinghus. The man who can hit a between-the-legs winner against Lee Chong Wei in clutch points of a final. And the player who sealed Denmark's Thomas Cup Finals victory in 2016. We had the privilege of talking to this great athlete where he talks about his badminton journey, balancing professional badminton with his family life, and how to keep young athletes playing our great sport. As of 2020, HK has started his own podcast, "A Year On Tour With Vittinghus", which can be listened to here: https://vittinghus.podbean.com/ -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
01:08:28
December 8, 2019
16. Building a life around the love of badminton – Becky Ances aka Badminton Becky (USA / CHN)
Meet Becky Ances. Some of you may know her as Badminton Becky though her blogs and YouTube channel. Her story is very unique. She is from the USA and has been living in China for almost 10 years. And although she lives and breathes badminton now (and won’t shut up about it!), she had never even heard of the sport before she moved to China. Ever wanted to know what it would be like to move to China as a Caucasian and learn how to play badminton in your 40s while only being able to converse in a foreign language? Find her on YouTube: Badminton Becky -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
01:02:04
December 1, 2019
15. LinkedIn to Badminton - Ferdi Mak (AUS / HKG)
Meet Ferdi Mak. After migrating from Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia, his story involves badminton, real estate, sales, marketing, and now, recruitment in one of the biggest professional social media platforms today, LinkedIn. With a wealth of experience and knowledge in so many areas, his character brings a fresh perspective that can really get you thinking differently and challenge you to live life a little more light heartedly. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
58:23
November 24, 2019
14. Badminton Vs Tennis - Ernest Ng (AUS)
Introducing Ernest Ng. He’s passionate about all racquet sports, and it all started with badminton. While he still loves the sport, he decided to try tennis and tells us his story about the transition between the sports and what he’s learnt along the way which relate to sport, career and life. He works full time at Kayo / Fox Sports in Sydney, Australia – which he describes as a dream job for any athlete. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
44:41
November 17, 2019
13. Solibad: Making a difference with badminton – Raphael Sachetat (FRA)
Meet the founder of Badzine, Badmintonphoto, Solibad and one of the biggest contributors to badminton for the past 20 years, Raphael Sachetat. In this episode, we dig into Raphael’s story and how he has made a career for himself in badminton through journalism, photography and charity work that envisions Badminton Without Borders. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
51:52
November 10, 2019
12. Gronya Somerville (AUS) - who is she on a deeper level?
Gronya Somerville. One of the most well-known badminton players on the international circuit today.  In this episode, we get deeper than others have gone, into who the great woman behind the name. And in doing so, we uncover what’s true and real in life in the eyes of this young & influential athlete. Follow her on Instagram: @gronyasomerville -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
50:36
November 3, 2019
11. Roadmap to a senior manager - Saliya Gunaratne (AUS)
Meet Saliya. He has been a part of badminton in Australia as both a player and coach over the last 15 years. In 2010, he was the winner men's doubles at the Australia National Championships and competed at the World Championships. He now lives in Singapore with wife where he’s on Secondment as a Senior Manager in a BIG4 accounting firm.  In this episode, Saliya explains the pathway that someone would need to take to scale the corporate ladder in a BIG4 accounting firm, and shares what helped him reach his current senior position. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
28:24
October 27, 2019
10. Hitting your goals rapidly – Jeff Tho (AUS)
Jeff is back on the podcast. He’s one of the founders of Volant Wear and hosts of The Badminton Podcast. In this episode, Jeff speaks about what he’s been able to achieve in his life and breaks it down into 5 main steps, which everyone can follow.  More specifically, he introduces a goal setting process which is more than just writing a bunch of dreams on a piece of paper and watching it collect dust. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
32:55
October 20, 2019
9. Preventing badminton injuries through strength training – Justin Li (AUS)
Meet Justin Li. He is an accredited exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and an avid badminton player. He is extremely passionate about health and fitness, and his vision is to create a future where all people in society maintain a healthy lifestyle in the absence of injury. He has been researching strength training and injury prevention for badminton players and has become an expert in this area. In this episode, Justin uses literature and his background in sports science to explain the importance of strength training in the prevention of the most common badminton injuries, that’s applicable to badminton players of all levels. He runs through several different exercises that you can start doing today, and the next steps to get more information as you progress forwards. Find him on Instagram: @ozathlete Get his FREE badminton-specific strength eBook here: https://www.volantwear.com/pages/free-badminton-gym-program -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
38:17
October 13, 2019
8. All about career changes – Erica Pong (AUS)
Erica is a long time friend having met on the badminton court with her egged shaped racket. She went on to represent Australia at the World Junior Championships, Sudirman Cup and Uber Cup Finals. Off the court, Erica is a sports physiotherapist working in finance and is often found in activewear on the weekends.  In this episode, Erica talks about her decision to transition from physiotherapy to investment banking, how to handle fear and judgement and gives valuable insights as to the mindset involved in making big decisions. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
38:40
October 6, 2019
7. How to live your passion – Henry Wong (AUS)
Henry Wong is a proud badminton player who represented South Australia as a junior and at the Australian University Games for Melbourne University. Outside badminton, he is a registered veterinary surgeon who has recently ventured into customer development and supply chain management in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods space. He assisted in the development of an ‘Uber for vets’ service called Vets on Call and is the co-host of The Badminton Podcast and co-founder of Volant Wear. In this episode, Henry shares his story from being a clinical veterinary surgeon to a supply chain manager and following his passion for growth and change. Jeff & Henry both explain that it’s okay to change careers and show you how to find your passion and take the next step towards it –  because it doesn’t have to be too scary! Follow him on Instagram: @thehenrywong -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
41:16
September 29, 2019
6. Building High Performing Teams – Andrew Surman (AUS)
Meet Andrew Surman. The managing Director of Hayes Girling Financial, a nationally awarded Accounting and Financial Planning firm located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Andrew's specialty is in building high performing teams and developing people. He’s also a keen badminton player and a proud former South Australian state representative. In this episode, Andrew uncovers what it takes to manage and create a high performing team, which can applied to sport, career and life. His insights and experience in this area conclude in actionable steps you can use straight away that will allow you to be a better leader, no matter what role you play. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
36:35
September 22, 2019
5. What makes a good coach? – Stuart Rowlands (ENG / AUS)
Meet Stuart Rowlands. The current National Junior Coach and Performance Manager for Badminton Australia where he’s responsible for the management of the entire National Junior Program. Stuart also runs a comprehensive badminton program at St Peter’s College in Adelaide, where he resides, and coaches several state and national junior players privately. Before moving to Australia, Stuart was part of the Badminton England’s National Team from 2004 to 2011. In this episode, Stuart discussed the important things to consider when developing yourself as a coach, and how his journey has contributed to the high calibre of coach that he is today. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
43:07
September 22, 2019
4. 2019 World Championships – Jeff Tho (AUS)
Meet Jeff Tho. One of the co-founders of Volant Wear and hosts of The Badminton Podcast. In this episode, Jeff shares his experiences coaching the Australian Team at the 2019 World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, and outlines the differences between being a player and a coach on the world stage. Follow him on Instagram: @jefftho -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
41:37
September 22, 2019
3. Getting the most out of training - Aaron Tan (SIN)
Meet Aaron Tan. Former national player for the Singapore National Badminton team, who represented Singapore in numerous international tournaments and multiple major games such as Southeast Asia Games 2003, 2005 & 2007, Commonwealth Games 2006 and Thomas Cup qualifiers. He now devotes his time to developing the next generation of players in Singapore. He is currently coaching the Singapore National Intermediate Squad and running A-Forze Badminton Academy to nurture future players. In this episode, Aaron talks about his past experiences as a player and a coach, and the fundamental mindset behind getting the best out of yourself at every training session – which can be applied to all aspects of life. Find A-Forze Badminton Academy on Facebook: @aforzesports -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
32:56
September 22, 2019
2. How badminton helps in the corporate world - Sam Ho (AUS)
Meet Sam Ho. An ex-national Australian Junior Badminton Player who currently works in one of Australia's largest banks, National Australia Bank, in Corporate Finance, and is soon to complete his MBA at Melbourne Business School. Sam talks about how his involvement in badminton has contributed to his success in both his career and his life, including his work as a corporate banker and in his journey as an MBA student. Find him on Instagram: @ho1328 -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
38:27
September 22, 2019
1. Why we started The Badminton Podcast
Why start The Badminton Podcast? We (Jeff Tho & Henry Wong) speak about why we started the podcast in the first place, how we'd like to see it benefit the wider badminton community and our intentions moving forwards to help create a place for badminton players, fans and lovers to share their ideas in sport and life. Our goal is to push you to grow both as a player and as a person by informing, teaching, giving value and entertaining. One thing that we didn’t mention in this episode is that it will serve as an avenue for players, including up-and-coming players, to be exposed to the badminton world and build their profiles. -- Find us on: www.volantwear.com Facebook & Instagram: @volantwear and @thebadmintonpodcast Support the Podcast here: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast Or you can contact us on: team@volantwear.com
08:31
September 22, 2019