Congratulations to “Badminton Goes Viral”, a USBEF funded project, which was recently featured by the Badminton World Federation!
Dick Witte, national and international champion many times over, passed away on Monday, October 10, at 91. His body was gifted to science, and a memorial will be held in St. Louis in November.
Contact with Pat, his wife, and family can be made at:
11959 Claychester Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63131
Dick Witte’s memorial MASS will be celebrated Thursday, October 27 at 10 AM CDT at his and Pat’s home parish, St. Clement of Rome
(1510 Bopp Road, Des Peres, MO 63131).
2013 USA Masters Badminton Championships National
Estero , Florida
May 21-25, 2013
For details, visit the Southwest Florida Badminton Club website
A robot to play with! A childhood’s dream has now come true for researchers at the Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC) in Belgium. Wim Symens and his team pioneered the development of the first robot ever to play badminton. But this robot is only a guinea pig to test a software application designed to optimise energy efficiency in machine design.
For the first time ever Americans have won medals at the 2011 Senior World Championships!
The 2011 Senior World Championships was held in Richmond, Vancouver BC, Canada from 21 -27 August 2011 ( http://bwfworldseniors2011.com/ ). The USA team was comprised of 36 members.
The USA winners are:+ 55 Women’s Singles Gold Medalist – Wei Jian Wilson+ 65 Men’s Doubles Gold Medalists – Bob Cook & Andy Gouw+ 60 Women’s Doubles Bronze Medalist – Sue Dommeyer & Rose Lei
To see complete results, CLICK HERE
USA Badminton was deeply saddened by the passing of life-long competitor and supporter 83-year-old Jim Bosco (Santa Cruz, Calif.) who succumbed to a massive heart attack while finishing his singles match in the 80+ division at the 2011 USA Badminton Senior National Championships in Raleigh/Durham, NC on March 24th, 2011.
Born on October 5, 1927, James S. Bosco was active all of his life. He was a well-respected college professor, retiring from full-time teaching at Sacramento State University in 1995. He had a doctorate in Exercise Science and was considered by his academic peers as a pioneer in the sciences behind exercising. Jim was always a vocal advocate of the importance of health science.
The “spirit” of Badminton involves a proper attitude concerning the game – a perspective that considers, for one, that there are no opponents – only participants. Aspirants, if you prefer, demanding the best of themselves… working, perhaps, in a sort of conflicting harmony – the barometer of excellence being determined by doing the best we can… extending ourselves to pursue the limits of our abilities and endurance. The ultimate in ourselves being shown on the court and off the court as well.
With the International Badminton Federation (IBF), world-wide badminton players could go for the gold at the Olympics, try to win the All-England, play in the World Championships, the Thomas Cup/Uber Cup, Sudirman Cup, or other top tournaments. Players set their sights on national titles as well. But with the change in the name to the Badminton World Federation (BWF), other changes have been made to freshen the image of the sport and professionalize the events. Besides rally scoring which has shortened matches and made them more exciting, the creation of the BWF Super Series has certainly attracted the attention of the world-class players, their fans, and the junior players around the world.
The USA Badminton “Walk of Fame Plaza” is a national site in honor of badminton’s elite athletes and outstanding service contributors. The Plaza officially opened April 25, 2003, and is located in front of the Orange County Badminton Club at 1432 North Main Street in Orange, California. A monument in front of the club marks the sidewalk filled with the tiles of twenty-five people honored for their playing careers or lives of service. The monument was generously funded by the U.S. Badminton Education Foundation.