The Badminton Podcast

The Badminton Podcast

By Volant Wear
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.

Support us here so that we can keep bringing you regular episodes: www.patreon.com/thebadmintonpodcast
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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
43:55
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
50:15
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
47:20
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
42:02
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
1:00:44
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
48:39
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
51:24
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
47:24
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
55:12
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
1:05:44
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
56:27
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
44:22
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
32:56
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) - Swift Badminton
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
1:04:52
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
54:13
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
58:33
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
52:14
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
1:03:53
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
1:08:27
December 8, 2019
16. Building a life around the love of badminton – Becky Ances (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
1:02:03
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
44:40
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
51:51
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
38:16
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
38:39
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
41:15
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
43:06
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