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The Badminton Podcast

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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:… read more

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60. Badminton is BACK! - with Felix Burestedt

October 25th, 2020



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 …

59. BWF's singing umpire - David Turner (AUS)

October 18th, 2020


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 …

58. Rachel Honderich (CAN) - The truth about Canadian badminton

October 11th, 2020


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 …

57. Smash harder & own your backhand - Eric Go (USA)

October 4th, 2020


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 …

56. Making it happen in Oceania - Julie Carrel (BOC)

September 27th, 2020


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 …

55. A cross-cultural badminton journey - Bjorn Seguin (FRA / USA)

September 20th, 2020


We welcome Bjorn Seguin onto the podcast!

Bjorn is a former international Men's Singles badminton player who won several international titles such as …

54. Smashing birdies & a degree - Esther Shi & William Hu (USA)

September 13th, 2020


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 …

53. Denmark's biggest kept secret - Steen Pedersen (DEN)

September 6th, 2020


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, …

52. Anup Sridhar (IND) - how did India get so good?

August 30th, 2020


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 …

51. Will you do what it takes? - Andrew Dabeka (CAN)

August 23rd, 2020


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 …

50. Tony Gunawan (USA / INA) - win or learn: they’re your options

August 16th, 2020


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 …

49. Critical thinking in badminton - Cindy Yuan (USA)

August 9th, 2020


Meet a Cindy Yuan, a former USA junior player from San Francisco, California who has been playing badminton since 2009

She currently studies …

48. Michelle Li (CAN) - think outside the box

August 2nd, 2020


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 …

47. Mariana Ugalde (MEX) - the Mexican icon

July 26th, 2020


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 …

46. NZBL: a COVID product - Anona Pak & Abhinav Manota (NZL)

July 19th, 2020


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 …

45. Daniela Macias (PER) - a Peruvian perspective

July 12th, 2020


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 …

44. Badminton & academics. Why not both? - Martyn Lewis (WAL)

July 5th, 2020


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 …

43. Lino Munoz (MEX) - making Mexican history

June 28th, 2020


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 …

42. Kestutis Navickas (LTU) - be more than just an athlete

June 21st, 2020


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 …

41. Vinson Chiu (USA) - badminton isn't just fun. It's therapy

June 14th, 2020


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 …

40. Toby Penty (ENG) - don't lose your head

June 7th, 2020


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 …

39. Loh Kean Yew (SIN) - being hungry changes everything

May 31st, 2020


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 …

38. The PAIN of an Olympic journey - Daniel Fan (AUS)

May 24th, 2020


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 …

37. First Ever Foundation - Rajiv Rai (USA)

May 17th, 2020


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 …

36. Badminton's next chapter - Jamie Parsons (AUS)

May 10th, 2020


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 …

35. Oliver Leydon-Davis (NZL) - badminton has levelled up

April 26th, 2020


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 …

34. Rajiv Ouesph (ENG) - a decade at the top

April 12th, 2020


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 …

33. Gronya Somerville (AUS) - Thoughts on COVID-19 & the 2020 Olympics

April 5th, 2020


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, …

32. Stop overthinking in matches - Community Q & A (AUS)

March 22nd, 2020


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 …

31. Shining the light on para-badminton - Celine Vinot (AUS)

March 15th, 2020


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 …

30. Bend it like Ben Beckman (ENG)

March 8th, 2020


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 …

29. Badminton CEO - Richard Vaughan (WAL)

March 1st, 2020


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 …

28. Brice Leverdez (FRA) - shaping the beliefs of the next generation

February 23rd, 2020


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 …

27. Kirsty Gilmour (SCO) - the things you don't see

February 16th, 2020


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. …

26. Sam Magee (IRL) - competing against the big badminton nations

February 9th, 2020


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 …

25. Asian vs European Training Styles - Ruud Bosch (NED)

February 2nd, 2020


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 …

24. Joshua Hurlburt-Yu (CAN) - it's not easy to stop playing badminton!

January 26th, 2020


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 …

23. Foot for thought - Jasmine Kouch (AUS)

January 19th, 2020


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 …

22. Subtle Badminton Traits - a chat with Josef Sutrisna (NZL)

January 12th, 2020


In this episode, we talk about current badminton trends in the world and how although training badminton technique is important, the way you play …

21. 2020 Olympic Medal Predictions - Jeff Tho & Henry Wong (AUS)

January 5th, 2020


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 …

20. The Imposter Syndrome - Mia Naslund (USA)

December 29th, 2019


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 …

19. Badminton-preneurship - Swift Badminton (ENG)

December 22nd, 2019


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 …

18. The ingredients for success – Tjitte (TJ) Weistra (NED / PER / NZL / AUS)

December 15th, 2019


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 …

17. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (DEN) - balancing professional badminton with life

December 8th, 2019


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 …

16. Building a life around the love of badminton – Becky Ances aka Badminton Becky (USA / CHN)

December 1st, 2019


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 …

15. LinkedIn to Badminton - Ferdi Mak (AUS / HKG)

November 24th, 2019


Meet Ferdi Mak. After migrating from Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia, his story involves badminton, real estate, sales, marketing, and now, …

14. Badminton Vs Tennis - Ernest Ng (AUS)

November 17th, 2019


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 …

13. Solibad: Making a difference with badminton – Raphael Sachetat (FRA)

November 10th, 2019


Meet the founder of Badzine, Badmintonphoto, Solibad and one of the biggest contributors to badminton for the past 20 years, Raphael Sachetat.

In …

12. Gronya Somerville (AUS) - who is she on a deeper level?

November 3rd, 2019


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 …

11. Roadmap to a senior manager - Saliya Gunaratne (AUS)

October 27th, 2019


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 …

10. Hitting your goals rapidly – Jeff Tho (AUS)

October 20th, 2019


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 …

9. Preventing badminton injuries through strength training – Justin Li (AUS)

October 13th, 2019


Meet Justin Li. He is an accredited exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and an avid badminton player. He is extremely passionate about health …

8. All about career changes – Erica Pong (AUS)

October 6th, 2019


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 …

7. How to live your passion – Henry Wong (AUS)

September 29th, 2019


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 …

6. Building High Performing Teams – Andrew Surman (AUS)

September 22nd, 2019


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 …

5. What makes a good coach? – Stuart Rowlands (ENG / AUS)

September 22nd, 2019


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 …

4. 2019 World Championships – Jeff Tho (AUS)

September 22nd, 2019


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 …

3. Getting the most out of training - Aaron Tan (SIN)

September 22nd, 2019


Meet Aaron Tan. Former national player for the Singapore National Badminton team, who represented Singapore in numerous international tournaments and …

2. How badminton helps in the corporate world - Sam Ho (AUS)

September 22nd, 2019


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 …

1. Why we started The Badminton Podcast

September 22nd, 2019


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 …

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