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.
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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.