The Wanderers Badminton Club, Johannesburg
Not everyone is familiar with the sport of badminton so we thought we’d give a brief introduction. Badminton is officially the world’s fastest racquet sport. Quick reflexes are required by players as the shuttle can travel at speeds in excess of 300 km/hour. The official world smash speed record of 332 km/h (206 mph), set by men’s doubles player Fu Haifeng of China has now been surpassed.
It has been claimed that badminton is the second-most-popular participation sport in the world, only behind football. Internationally, there is currently Asian domination in the sport. When badminton was first included in the Olympics in 1992, 1.1 billion people watched the badminton competition on television.
Eileen Howson and Rhona Fuller are members of the Sunday afternoon Seniors group at the club. Eileen has just returned from China where the 25th World Chinese Badminton Championship took place at the Chengdu National Badminton training base with 3 000 participants of different age sections. Eileen took silver in her age category.
She then flew from China to take part in the Diamond Eagles championship in Port Elizabeth where the Southerns (Southern Gauteng) Team won the championship. Eileen and her partner won the ladies doubles. She also won the mixed doubles with partner Johann Croucamp. Rhona Fuller won the ladies singles. Eileen was awarded Sportswoman of the Year.
Badminton has a rich history and a unique culture surrounding it that continues to this day. Whether you have spent your whole life playing badminton or you would like to play a few games for the first time, please contact Dave Calvert on 083 263 8212 regarding opportunities at The Wanderers Club. Our badminton section caters for a range of abilities and ages.
The badminton section at The Wanderers Club includes designated sections as well as the popular club nights. Players of varying abilities and competitive levels are catered for and this includes coaching.
The Wednesday evening Junior Section is an example. Enthusiastic youngsters have fun as they learn and practice the sport under the guidance of coach Les Brazier. For details, contact Les on 083 626 3576.
Senior players deserve congratulations. Gail McLaughlin was rated the “number one” lady player in the Grand Masters tournament, held in Pretoria from 02 to 07 September 2018. The scheduled sessions for senior players are on Sunday afternoons.
For general enquiries relating to badminton at The Wanderers, please contact Dave Calvert on 083 263 8212.
Dave has been elected to the office of Chairman of the badminton section. The incoming Committee is welcomed with appreciation.
To learn more about the benefits of becoming a Wanderers member and to be a part of this vibrant badminton club. Please click on the link below to learn about the membership options.
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Three courts are available for use in the gymnasium. The lighting, walls and floors are badminton friendly.
Number and Types of League Teams
2 Premier league sides, 2 first league sides and 22-second league sides. Tuesday night is a social club night, Wednesday night is for league/training. Friday nights are dedicated to training junior players. The weekends are programmed for different age groups, tournaments and courses. The hall is shared with the gymnastics section and thus times are subject to the two sections programmes.
The section aims at the future of badminton by encouraging players to improve their fitness, skills and enjoyment of the game. The sport is encouraged in all schools by inviting players and coaches to courses held at Wanderers covering all aspects of the game. Our aim is to maintain our leading position in the province while offering the friendship of the social evenings. We will continue to strive to have members representing Wanderers in all age groups from under 11 to over 60′s in the provincial and national teams. Our motto is to become involved and support the fastest racquet sport, the game we love, the game of badminton.