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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.