New co-ordinator focuses on growth and lifting standards
My name is Sandra Lynch and I am the development co-ordinator for the Manawatu Badminton Association.
I have worked for Badminton Ireland as director of development and have coached junior high performance players for a number of years.
I have played badminton for almost 30 years and started when I was just four years old.
I represented Ireland as a junior and throughout my playing career I have represented my university, my province and even won an Irish title in women's doubles in the 2008-09 season.
Our main ambition here in Manawatu is to grow our game, increase participation and improve standards in our region.
With our new season just beginning, I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging year and I hope our development initiatives will encourage more interest and players on to the badminton court.
■ With the new season approaching, all clubs are looking for new members and our inaugural Manawatu Badminton Week is the perfect time to have a go in a local club. It takes place from March 11 to 17.
Junior clubs and contacts
Monrad Junior Badminton Club, St. Peter's College, Rennie Ave, PN. Junior club: Mondays 5.30pm-7pm, March-October annually during school term. www.sportsground.co.nz/monradbadminton
Palmerston North Junior Badminton Club, Palmerston North Boys' High School gym, Wellesbourne St, PN. Mondays 6pm-7.30pm starting on March 11. www.sportsground.co.nz/pnbc
Rainbow Junior Badminton Club, Ballroom, B&M Centre, Pascal St. Thursdays 6pm-7.30pm, starting on March 7. www.sportsground.co.nz/rainbowbadminton
Senior clubs and contacts
Monrad Badminton Club, St. Peter's College, Rennie Ave, PN. Senior club: Mondays from 7pm-9.30pm, all year round. www.sportsground.co.nz/monradbadminton
Palmerston North Senior Badminton Club, Ballroom, B&M Centre, Pascal St, PN. Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm, starting on March 5.www.sportsground.co.nz/pnbc
Masters Badminton Club, PNINS Gym Hall, South St, PN. Tuesdays 7pm-9.30pm, starting on March 5. www.sportsground.co.nz/mastersbadminton
Massey University Badminton Club, Massey Recreational Centre, Massey Campus. Saturdays & Sundays 2pm-4pm. During semester time. Summer club takes place one day per week.
■ The Manawatu Badminton Association (MBA) is proud that our Badminton for Schools Initiative has secured funding under the Sport Manawatu's KiwiSport Regional Partnership Fund.
In 2013 the Badminton for Schools Initiative will target more than 1300 students and is aimed at increasing the number of school children participating in and enjoying the sport of badminton in the Palmerston North area.
We will be using the Badminton New Zealand's Racqueteers Programme, which is endorsed by Sport NZ and is Badminton NZ's national initiative to introduce the sport to all children of all abilities in schools throughout the country.
■ We run annual competitions for primary, intermediate and secondary school children in Palmerston North.
Our primary schools' competition was to start today and will last for eight weeks.
We have more than 27 teams taking part from Russell St School, Hokowhitu, West End, Whakarongo, Central Normal, Our Lady of Lourdes, Winchester, Carncot and Awapuni Schools. Good luck to all.
■ Every Thursday we have 32 teams with more than 110 players taking part in our Superleague Competition in the B&M Centre.
Each team is made up of four players and we run the league in five or six-week blocks throughout the year.
Teams are graded and placed into beginners', improvers' or advanced sections.
It's fun and is great exercise!
■ Manawatu representative team trials are being held next month.
If you are interesting in playing for Manawatu on our senior, masters or veterans teams, please contact us.
* For more information www.manawatubadminton.org.nz