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New sport can be played anywhere
Speedy stretch: Badminton New Zealand chief executive officer Nicki Martin
plays speed badminton, a new sport that combines some of the best elements
of tennis, squash and badminton and is now being played in Southland.
Photo: WAIKATO TIMES
There are about 2 million
players and 4000 active
tournament players world-wide.
It was introduced in New
Zealand in February.
Speed badminton is already
played in the United States,
Canada, Europe, Korea,
Singapore, South Africa, Namibia,
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IT'S a new sport and it's taking
the shuttlecock places it's never
It's speed badminton -- also known
as speedminton -- and it combines
elements of tennis, squash and
It has many similarities to
badminton but there's no net - so
it can be played anytime, any-
Two players occupy a square a
few metres apart and and try to
hit the modified shuttlecock, the
speeder, into the opponent's
Unlike the traditional shutt-
lecock, the speeder can handle
outdoor conditions because it
travels at higher speed.
Students at Southland schools,
including James Hargest College
and Southland Girls' High School,
have already added speedminton
gear to their sports kit.
Speedminton promoter Simon
Rutherford is a former physical
education teacher who saw its
potential in schools, with no need
for dedicated facilities, allowing
students to play in the hall, gym,
grass or concrete.
''Speed badminton is also one of
the best sports for developing
hand-eye co-ordination and gives
kids an easy and fun introduction
into all racket sports,'' Rutherford
''Since its launch in late February,
we have had three schools a week
introduce it to their sports
Badminton New Zealand chief
executive Nicki Martin says her
organisation is committed to
introducing it into clubs and
''Speed badminton provides a
great opportunity to get more
people interested in playing both
the traditional game and a next
generation sport. It's going to
appeal to both competitive and
And players have much to aim for
because New Zealand aims to field
a team at the world champion-
ships in Berlin next year.
Ball tussle: Taryn Ramage, 15, left, of Gore High School, and Caitlin Russell, 14, of
James Hargest College, vie for the ball.
Sport revived in Southland clash
Catch me if you can: Running with the ball is Keeli Cormack, 11, of
Wyndham Primary, with Konrad Ward, 10, of Fernworth School, chasing her.
In control: Justin
About 280 primary and secon-
dary school pupils, one battling
with a broken arm, took part in
the first ki-o-rahi tournament in
Southland on Tuesday.
The sport is a traditional Maori
game based around a legend
about a taniwha, and combines
the basic skills of touch, rugby,
football and netball.
Sport Southland Ki O Rahi
tournament co-ordinator Shon-
telle Dixon said yesterday's
inaugural tournament had been
worth all the behind-the-scenes
work. She had introduced the
game to schools throughout the
region, teaching pupils the
game's underlying legend along
with the basic rules.
It was good to see them embrace
Maori culture as they enjoyed
exercise, she said.
''They know the legend and the
game. It's just part of the revival
of the sport.''
Menzies College competitor
Kelsi McLellan, 13, said the
game was similar to touch or
''It seems complicated but it's
not really when you play it.''
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