01/04/16

Speedminton USA launches Encinitas meet up group

Speedminton kicks of on Californian beaches. The first Speedminton meet up group was a blast. Thanks to everyone who took part this week. 


Join us every Wednesday 5.30pm, at Swami's beach in Encinitas, CA to play Speedminton!

Speedminton LAV - Riga Night of Sports

Riga Night of Sports was allover in the center of Latvia capital city Riga. And Speed Badminton was played exactly in heart of Riga, next to our Monument of Freedom. VIP player tournament was organized with TOP 8 players from all country. High quality games were showed for all event visitors. Superfinal was played in front of all spectators in the central event court. Nice event, perfect atmosphere, nice game!

Speedminton NOR - Tournament in Norway

Saturday June 20 the weather at the venue of the first speedbadminton tournament in Norway in 2015 couldn`t have been better. Just by the a big lake in the city of Hamar, with a beach volleyball tournament right beside us, everything was set perfectly for us. In total 23 participants, including 5 women, had registered. Of them 4 of the best junior badminton players of Norway and one coach, and 3-4 players who never had played a racket sport before.

Linn Lilian Stenrud won the female group, just in front of her colleague from the national team of badminton, Solvår Serine Flåten Jørgensen. The more experienced Speedminton women followed on the places below. In the open division Morten Påsche knocked out Sturla Flåten Jørgensen in the semi, and once again met Erik Damstuen who won against our Swedish guest Mats Clasgård. The final was as always very interesting, but Påsche won the third set and was again victorious in a Norwegian Speedminton tournament.

In the open double, Damstuen and Påsche won against the two badminton juniors Sturla Flåten Jørgensen and Peter Rønne Stensæth.

A lot of people got to see the sport for their first time, and many tried. Our Speedminton stand also got to sell some equipment. A perfect day for Speedminton in Norway.

Speedminton AUS- Speedminton for Cancer

The kids for Mount St Thomas Public School had a great time playing Speed Badminton and raised money for The Cancer Council during the Biggest Morning Tea.

SPEEDMINTON NOR- Norway's Biggest Sports Fair

Aktiv2015, the biggest sports fair and the first of its kind in Norway, has just finished and it was great for Speedminton Norway!  Together with the Norwegian Badminton Association, Klubben.no had a big stand with one Badminton court and two Speedminton courts at the sports fair. The courts were never empty and lots of people tried Speed Badminton for the first time.  The partnership with the Badminton association also gave Speedminton Norway the opportunity to get some new Speedminton fans from the Norwegian national team of Badminton. The new FUN sets were also presented for the Norwegian public for the first time and people had great things to say.  Lots of kids are getting FUN Sets as presents! Speedminton Norway is looking forward to attending more fairs during the summer!

 

 

SPEEDMINTON USA- Encinitas Street Fair

Speedminton USA attended their first street fair in Encinitas, CA! This beachside fair had over 500 booths and around 5,000 visitors.  This one day fair was great exposure for Speedminton.  People were able to try out and purchase the FUN Set. Visit their Facebook page for a cool time lapse video of the event!

https://www.facebook.com/Speedmintonusa

 

 

SPEEDMINTON GER- Beach Volleyball Cup 2015

Speedminton Germany attended the Mobel Wallach Beach Volleyball Cup 2015 recently! This event took place at the Steintor in Hannover! Tons of people stopped by the booth and this was such a great promotion for Speedminton in the inner city of Hannover.  Speedminton Germany had a great booth spot and was able to give out tons of information and show the products to people passing by. 

SPEEDMINTON USA- Millennial Tech Sessions!

Speedminton USA recently spent two days in local San Diego middle school, Millennial Tech, delivering Speedminton sessions to 140 sixth grade students.

Teacher, Sean Sand, commented, “We’re really grateful to Speedminton for giving up time to coach our enthusiastic sixth graders. We believe in allowing our students to try a variety of activities and Speedminton fits that bill. The kids had a ball and are already talking about their next Speedminton sessions."

SPEEDMINTON CAN- Active Lifestyle Show

These three brothers show off their "speediness" while trying out Speedminton equipment at The Active Lifestyle Show on April 10th-12th.  The show took place at the Tradex in Abbotsford, BC.  These boys proudly display their gecko tattoos! Speedminton Canada gives kids tattoos to remind them of the fun they had playing the game...look at the smiles on their faces!

SPEEDMINTON USA- NIRSA Conference in Dallas!

Speedminton USA spent last week in Dallas, Texas at the NIRSA Conference and Expo. NIRSA is one of the only college trade shows to bring together college recreation, kinesiology and athletic professionals together.  This was the second year that Speedminton USA attended and over 200 people stopped by their booth to see how they could get involved with Speedminton and bring it to their campus!

SPEEDMINTON CAN-Calgary Adventure & Travel Show

Speedminton Canada had a great booth area as they joined over 200 exhibitors at Western Canada's largest consumer show.  This show, which took place March 21st and 22nd, brought together buyers and sellers of adventure products and services.  The newest Speedminton Canada demonstrator, Charmaine, fell so in love with Speedminton that she just had to get a S200 set of her own!

SPEEDMINTON USA-Let it Glow at SDSU

San Diego State University held a glowing event called "Let it Glow" and invited Speedminton USA to join! The event took place from 9-12pm at the new Student Union on campus and over 50 students took part in the nighttime fun.  Associated Students put on the event and had a great DJ and neon dance floor and Speedminton USA set up 5 courts of Blackminton to give the students something to play. Students could paint themselves with neon body paint and do a few other glow in the dark arts and crafts. Speedminton USA looks forward to more events with SDSU in the future!  

SPEEDMINTON USA- Shape Conference

Speedminton USA attended the Shape National Conference and Expo recently! The three day expo took place March 18th-20th in Seattle, Washington.  This expo brought together tons of physical education teachers and trainers and over 300 people stopped by the Speedminton booth.  Speedminton USA received some great feedback and acknowledgement! The team held a demo for the attendees which allowed people to test out the equipment.  Somebody even set a Speedcheck record at a fast 191 km/hour! It was a great show for Speedminton USA!

SPEEDMINTON AUS- Mackellar Girls and Speedminton

The innovative Year 10 coaches from Mackellar Girls Campus invented a new game involving Speedminton during the Premier's Sporting Challenge Day.  This event took place at Freshwater and many kids participated.  The game, a cross between Jail and Dodgeball, was called Mackellar Killer.  The kids from schools across the Northern Beaches loved it! Well done girls!

SPEEDMINTON AUS- Sydney Sports Day

Speedminton action coming to you straight from Sydney!  Speedminton Australia participated in a massive sports day.  This event took place at Freshwater Campus in Sydney.  Look at all those Speedminton fans!

Speedminton USA attended CAHPERD 2015 last week on March 6th and 7th in Los Angeles. CAHPERD is the California Associaion for health and physical fitness so there were lots of California teachers interested in Speedminton! During the 2 day convention, Speedminton USA had a presentation which allowed for 50 teachers to play some speed badminton and listen to how they could teach it in their classes as well as  competition with the SpeedCheck to see who could hit the hardest. They got some great feedback and now have some Speedminton workshops at schools! Visit the Speedminton USA event calendar to see where you can check out Speedminton!

Earlier this week, Speedminton Canada attended the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure Show.  This 2 day event, taking place and March 8th and 9th, drew lots of crowds…about 20,000 attendees!  This meant lots of traffic at the Speedminton booth.  Kim, a Speedminton Canada team member, gets every visitor at the booth to hit a speeder straight up to the ceiling as their first interaction with Speedminton…and they were always amazed when they did!

Forget the Cricket World Cup… Speedminton was the hot sporting ticket at the 2015 Discovery Conference held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Speedminton Australia turned up the heat for racket sports at the National Tennis Centre.  So many people came out to try it out and play!

Speedminton is happy to announce that Niels Mester was honored by the DSBV as the first honorary member of the federation.  Congrats Niels!

Speedminton USA had a lot of fun breaking in their new neighborhood last week with some speed badminton! They found a cool alley spot and a wall mural to spend an afternoon playing and showing people the game! Lots of people were interested so they started a weekly training session! Click the link to see the video and stay up to date with all Speedminton USA's activities!

https://www.facebook.com/Speedmintonusa

Speedminton Singapore participated in the Surf N Sweat 2015 event this past weekend at Siloso Beach.  This event drew a large crowd and looked like a blast! With the nice weather, beach activities and Speedminton, how could you not have fun?! The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Mr. Lawrence Wong, enjoyed the event as well and played some speed badminton. 

The first ever 500 points speed badminton tournament took place this weekend in Slovenia!  Around 100 competitors from several European countries, ranging from Ukraine to France, participated in the ISBO Speedminton Slovenian Open 2015.  This tournament was hosted by the Slovenian Speed Badminton Association SBZS.  There were great matches for spectators to watch and it was a great success!

Speedminton USA sends congratulations to their partner at NYC Parks and Rec, Kate Durant! This past summer, Kate was the first to implement Speedminton into the recreation department.  Click the link below to read more about Kate’s accomplishment and how she’s bringing unique sports to the state of New York!

http://www.nycgovparks.org/news/daily-plant?id=23267

Speedminton Australia is taking full advantage of their nice summer as you can see in the pictures below! This Speedminton picnic is in the beautiful Wollongong Botanic Gardens.

Karlis Daudzins, a grade 11 student from Riga State Gymnasium No.2, has done some research work about popularity and development of Speed Badminton in Latvia.  It’s probably the first research material about speed badminton in Latvia. This is a great way to attract teacher and other pupil to give speed badminton a try.  Based off this research, Speedminton Latvia is planning some demonstration lesson to get everyone in action!  The research shows that about 50% of people know about speed badminton and only about 25% have actually played it.  Speedminton Latvia sees high potential for the development of speed badminton not only in Latvia but worldwide.

Speedminton Australia took advantage of their nice weather and played some speed badminton outside.  Check out the pictures!

Speedminton USA has a new employee named Paul and last Friday, Speedminton USA took advantage of the good weather and took him to the beach to play! Visit the USA Facebook page to see the video and stay tuned for another post introducing Paul!

https://www.facebook.com/Speedmintonusa

Solør Speed Badminton Club had it`s 2nd Club Championship just before Christmas. While almost 20 different players had been attending the weekly training sessions during 2014, the 8 most loyal players joined in for the important 2nd Club Championships in the history of Solør Speed Badminton Club. Erik Heggelund, a veteran of the sport in Norway, met the newcomer Stefan Karlsen in the final. Good for recruiting, but sad for Mr. Heggelund, the newbie won. The bronze final was played by a teacher and student from the same school, and the student didn`t dare to do anything else but to lose. The clubs President, Mr. Botten Pedersen had to focus on administrative tasks during the final matches, and let the other new players take his place in the finals. “It`s all about recruiting, and giving new players good experiences playing the finals of our Championship”, Botten Pedersen was quoted in local media.


Speedminton Germany is happy to welcome Sascha Janzen as the new Head of Sales and Marketing for Speedminton Germany! Mr. Janzen has worked for more than 12 years as a director in different divisions for Adidas and the Anschutz Entertainment Group.  Speedminton Germany is very confident that he will be a very big help and have great ideas for developing the market.  Welcome Sascha!


The ISBO and Speedminton recently shipped free sets to Cote d'Ivoire.  This is part of a development program for the Ivory Coast to introduce them to speed badminton and get them playing.  The hope is to develop the sport further there and in surrounding areas.  We hope to get some good players to participate in the tournaments! Check out the Facebook link below to get more information!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/C%C3%B4te-dIvoire-Speed-Badminton/797707363600948?fref=ts


Speedminton Canada has officially bought a star because we all know that speed badminton is the “star” of racket sports! Check it out!

http://mysky.nameastarlive.com/content/user/files/H2UWBM7NLE.pdf


His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has declared 2015 as the “Year of Sport” in Canada! The declaration celebrates the role sport plays in the Canadian identity. From the local playgrounds, to recreational sport leagues all the way to our inspiring high performance athletes, sport is vital to the cultural fabric of the Canadian nation. Speedminton Canada is excited to see the opportunities that this may present!


On December 20th, Speedminton held their first Speed Badminton championship and the first champions were crowned! These champions will keep their titles throughout the year and next year, they must defend them.  This is now a tradition and will repeat every year.  This is an important step for the sport and players of Speed Badminton and Speedminton Latvia has hopes that tournaments can start in every country!


Last weekend, Speedminton UAE took part in another Emaar Wellness Day in Downtown Dubai. It was such a nice day for the event and Speedminton UAE brought plenty of equipment for people to play.  Visit their Facebook page for more events happening in an area near you!


Speedminton UAE attended the Emaar Yearly Community Open Market Day held at Arabian Ranches in Dubai.  There was a great turnout and lots of people were interested in Speedminton! This has been a busy event month for Speedminton UAE and this was one of many events that they have attended.  Can't wait to hear about more events!


Another wellness event for Speedminton UAE! This event took place at The Meadows in Dubai and was a part of the Emaar Community Wellness Program.  Great job Speedminton UAE! We look forward to hearing about your future events!


Speedminton UAE participated at Emaar Community Wellness Day and yearly Open Market Day in association with Emaar Properties - The activity had various fitness and wellness activities. 

 

The event was held at various communities all around Dubai. Couples, Singles, Kids and Parents had a great time playing Speed Badminton and loved the concept. 

 

29th November - Emaar Community Wellness Day Greens, Dubai

 


Congratulations to Speedminton Japan on their first official 250 points tournament in Asia! They had over 60 participants join in on the fun.  This is the first of many ISBO sponsored tournaments.  We are happy to see that Speedminton is picking up in Japan!


The Speedminton USA Team recently relocated their office to North Park, San Diego! The office is located in a trendy shared work space building and is surrounded by good places to eat and small local shops.  The team is centrally located in San Diego...only minutes away from Downtown San Diego, the airport and Balboa Park (which will be great for future Speedminton trainings!!).  The team is spending time decorating and getting organized before the holidays.  Check out some of the pictures below and check back soon for finished pictures!


Little Crystal didn’t want to leave until she hit the Speeder "one more time”.

 

Farbod and the Vancouver Stealth mascot are ready for action!

 

Juliette, Faith and Nadia take turns hitting the Speeder against the wall.  This is a great exercise for practicing serves.  They are going to be great players…just you watch!


Fun news from Speedminton! Beginning in December, Speedminton is unveiling the Christmas Calendar with great specials for all your holiday gifts! Every two days, a new special will be unlocked.  There is a calendar for the American, German and Swiss shop customers.  So head over on to the Speedminton shop and check it out!!


Santa found us! He even mentioned that he had a special someone in mind for a Speedminton® set...is it you?

Ho, ho, ho! Wouldn't this be nice to find under the tree or in your stocking!


With the help of their East Coast Representative, Suzanne Parker, Speedminton USA is able to attend events on both coasts! This past weekend while the team was in South Carolina, Suzanne attended the South Carolina Physical Education conference on behalf of Speedminton USA. This is such a great help because it allows for the game of speed badminton to spread and for Speedminton USA to attend more events.  Two weeks ago, Suzanne attended the Virginia Physical Education Conference.  Both of these events have generated great leads and there are now more people playing speed badminton! If you have any east coast event suggestions, let Speedminton USA know!


The team at Speedminton USA is excited to announce that they are searching for a Sports Development Coordinator! This coordinator will be responsible for developing the sport of speed badminton throughout the United States.  All interested candidates should send their resume/cv to lewicki@speedmintonusa.com!


Last weekend, Speedminton USA attended the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.  This 2 day conference represented campgrounds throughout the United States.  This was a new market for Speedminton USA and they received so much interest! They had campground owners and kids rallying and speeders were flying everywhere! Speedminton USA is hoping that Speedminton will be found as an activity on campgrounds soon!


The year 2 kids at Mount St Thomas Public enjoyed a fun game of Jail during their Speedminton sports session. Shows how suitable Speedminton is for all ages!

Loads of Speedminton action with the youngsters from the Figtree Anglican Church KZone a few nights ago. Great bunch of kids and congratulations to the organizers for all their good work.  Visit Speedminton Australia’s Facebook page to stay up to date with Speedminton events!

Speedminton UAE exhibited at the Off-Road and Adventure Show held at the Dubai Autodrom on November 6th-8th. It was the first event of its kind in the region bringing together different industries under the umbrella of outdoor activities. The show attracted more than 3,000 visitors over the weekend! This event attracted the right kind of visitors from diverse backgrounds and allowed for Speedminton UAE to network with some potential future clients, customers or group members. Speedminton UAE was one on the most popular activity at the venue where people could try and buy our equipment. We had great success! More activities to follow...

Speedminton Singapore will be featured in a new episode of Bot Hunters, a kids drama/ reality game show on Singapore Okto TV channel soon!  Speedminton Singapore had a great time with the casts/ actors, Benjamin Kheng, Farisha Ishak and Kimberly Chia, during the filming.  It was an awesome bunch enjoying themselves!

Speedminton Singapore had their weekly session on Saturday and their 1982 South East Asian Games Badminton Gold medalist, Wong Shoon Keat decided to have a go on Speedminton at the Singapore Sports Hub. Everyone had a great time!

The 7th National Cup took place in Serbia earlier this month.  On November 1st, Serbia held the games in the sports center in Olimp Belgrade.  There were 5 categories.  Visit their website for more information.

This past weekend, Speedminton USA attended the Virginia AHPERD conference and it went great! Attendees participated in the workshop and gave some good feedback on the game. Speedminton USA looks forward to how they can get involved more with Virginia and their school districts.

Speedminton Singapore hosted the event, Adult Playground, recently and this event was the first of its kind. It was held in Siloso Beach, Sentosa in Singapore.  Speedminton Australia was also in attendance at this event to introduce almost 2,000 beach goers to Speedminton at the beach!

Geoff Bannister from Speedminton Australia was with Speedminton Singapore at the Canadian International School in Singapore today. The kids enjoyed it very much and experienced some Speed Badminton Australian style!

The new Singapore Sports Hub provided an awesome backdrop for a friendly match between Singapore and Australia today. Hopefully lots more Speed Badminton to come in this amazing facility for both Speedminton Australia and Speedminton Singapore!

Saturday October 4th brought about the annual Speedminton tournament in Lier, which is just a short drive from the Norwegian capital of Oslo.  This tournament had the highest number of female participants to date and just shows that Speed Badminton in Norway is becoming a sport for both men and women.  Not only was it a record high number of female participants, but the quality of the participants have never been higher in an ISBO tournament in Norway, in all divisions. This was also the first tournament for women that can count for world rankings! The winner was Ida Arctander, who won in a thrilling final against Luisa Arango from Colombia. 

Two nights last week, students from Minden were given the opportunity to experience the fun game of Blackminton in Berlin.  This was organized by the German Speedminton Team and more than 35 kids each day participated in this crazy evening activity! After 2 hours of playing, painting and taking pictures, they left Berlin with nothing but good things to say about the event.

Speedminton Germany was featured in the biggest German fitness and women’s health magazine, FitforFun.  The article dubbed Speedminton as the ideal recreational sport that you can play even in the cold! Included in the article were the rules and a quick start guide to help readers find equipment and offer tips to start playing. They encouraged their readers to get active and try it out because it’s a good workout that works your legs and arms.  According to FitforFun, playing Speed Badminton is a “fat burner with a fun factor!”

Here is the link for the magazine article…

http://www.fitforfun.de/sport/trends/speedmintonr-funsport-mit-hochgeschwindigkeit-169807.html

Speedminton USA has been getting great blogger reviews lately! These bloggers are reviewing the s200 sets and they have nothing but positive things to say about the game and product! Currently, there are 34 blogs that are spreading the word about Speedminton and this is just the beginning. Some of the favorite things about the sets are:

- the durable rackets

- how portable it is

- how it fits in a small bag

- easy to learn for people of all ages

Speedminton USA looks forward to reading what other bloggers have to say about the game!

Visit our "Love the Game webpage to read more!

http://www.speedmintonusa.com/focus/we-love-this-game/

This past Saturday, Speedminton USA held the first Blackminton event in Arizona! They partnered with the SHAPE Club of Northern Arizona University to put on the event! The event had a DJ and a neon dance floor and tons of body paint! This was the first ever Blackminton event to take place in Arizona and everybody had a blast. They are already planning next year's event and how they can make it bigger and better! 

Last week, Speedminton USA attended the Arizona Health and Physical Education Conference.  During this 3 day conference, Speedminton USA had two presentations and one training.  There was a high amount of interest in Speedminton and people really enjoyed playing, some of the attendees even made a small tournament among themselves! Speedminton USA is excited to see how may schools they can get playing in Arizona!

Speed Badminton made its long awaited debut at the famous Australian Institute of Sport. Home base of many of Australia's sporting champions, the AIS hosted the ACTivate Conference with over 300 delegates enjoying a massive day of professional development and learning all about the fun of Speed Badminton.

A beautiful mid-October day in Hungarian capital Budapest offered spectators and participating teams high-quality matches between some of the best speed badminton players in the world, fighting for their national colours in the annual competition of the national teams. Having played Regional tournaments in spring already, only the host nation Hungary and five Regional Champions – Germany, Latvia, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden – were invited to participate at the Final tournament.  After a few close and exciting matches, the Swedish team, led by unbeatable European Champion Per Hjalmarson, secured the Nations Cup title by winning 4 of the 6 matches against Germany.  Slovenia and Hungary secured third place finishes.

Last weekend was the NSW PDHPE Teachers Association Conference at Bathurst in the Central West of NSW. Beautiful spring weather and big numbers made for some high quality Speed Badminton. The feedback from dozens of PE Teachers already playing Speedminton in their schools was overwhelmingly positive.

On October 1, 2014 Speedminton Croatia particpated in an event that promoted speed ??badminton and had DJ performances from Vienna Djane Coun Tessa!

The goal of this event was to celebrate, promote and take part in international Mobility week and the project of Move Week.

The event took place in one of the most popular city squares known as Flower  Square.  Throughout the event, a bunch of people were able to actively participate and particpate in the Move Week Project.  The court people were playing on was directly in the city square and was about 15 x 30 meters large! Particpants could warm up and learn from members of Sport for All, an association of Sports Recreation, and the Croatian Speedbadminton Association.

Here is a link to a video showing the event.  Looks like a great time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Iu-y8-VEqE&feature=youtu.be

Last weekend, ŠD Speed Trbovlje hosted a Speedminton tournament for 250 points. Due to the success of the tournament in 2013, Speedminton Slovenia had even more players in their tournament this year! The tournament brought 67 players and 100 registrations and Slovenia is very happy about this improvement.  The comments after the tournament were very positive and they hope that they can have an even bigger tournament in 2015!

Did you know that Speedminton Germany held a Speedminton event in the snow to attempt a Guinness World Record?!

 

After promoting the sport for a few years and playing the sport on a variety of surfaces (including ice, grass, sand, cement, rooftops and even ships!), Daniel Gossen decided that holding a tournament on snow would be a great new idea!

 

With the help and support from Speedminton Germany, Daniel began the planning process and contacted Guinness World Records so they could be there to witness this fun tournament that was going to be held at 6562 feet above sea level!

 

The tournament only had one open division so that everybody was given the chance to play each other.  In between matches or if players lost, they could go skiing or snowboarding.  Most competitors came from clubs in Germany or surrounding areas.  The German Champion for the ladies, Jennifer Greune, even came out to take part in this fun record breaking attempt!

 

The atmosphere was calm and serene and the weather turned out to be great, which was one of Speedminton Germany’s worries! The tournament was successful and shows just how creative you can get with speed badminton!

On September 20th, Speedminton Brazil attended the event "Virada Esportiva".  This event was to promote and encourage people to play sports and get active.  The cool thing about this event was that it lasted for 48 hours!!  During the 48 hours, people could check out a variety of sports activities including Speed Badminton.  Once the sun set, Blackminton was set up for the attendees to enjoy.  Many people were able to come to the event and check out both Speedminton and Blackminton for the first time.  Such a unique event for Speedminton Brazil!

Speedminton Croatia attended the Festival of Sports in Zagreb recently and it was a blast! The festival was held in the Fusio Center and tons of people came out to check out the event.  There were lots of cool activities to do and people were really interested to learn all about speed badminton.  This was great exposure for Speedminton Croatia. 

 

 

 

We know it’s not Trivia Tuesday but in honor of Throwback Thursday, we are giving you some fun facts from the past about Speedminton! So let’s get started…

The inventor of speed badminton went by the name Bill Brandes, when in fact that was not his real name! It was actually Karl Wilhelm.

The first official speed badminton rules weren’t validated until 2007!

A country match is played between Sweden and Germany is regularly played inside Scandinavia’s largest shopping center called Nordstan.

The Speedminton Cross Speeder can be played up to wind force 5 and really good players can even play in wind force 6!

Speedminton rackets are strung with a tension somewhere between 12 and 20 kp.

The longest game ever played in a tournament took 1 hour and 52 minutes.  It was played back in 2008 at the first European Championships in Liverpool.  Talk about having endurance!!

The oldest player in a Speedminton tournament was 69 years old! Speed badminton is truly a sport you can play for a lifetime. 

Speedminton was founded in 2003.

There have been 1306 European Blackminton events in total, with 543 taking place in Germany.  Only one Blackminton party has taken place in the United States.

The first speed badminton club was founded in Aaru, Switzerland in 2004.

The Speedminton Speed Lights last for 3 hours.  If you need to stop playing, just put them in the freezer and as soon as you take them out and re-break them, they start glowing again!

Speedminton rackets and speeders are water proof which allows for you to use the equipment in the pool, ocean or even a lake! This gives you one more way to play anywhere, anytime.

The final decision to play Speedminton without a net was made in 2005.

There have been over 600 official Speedminton Tournaments over the past 10 years.

Lastly, wonder how good you are at Speedminton Trivia?? Take our quiz…

https://www.qzzr.co/quiz/how-well-do-you-know-speed-badminton

 

Speedminton Croatia held a promotion in the town center of Pregrada.  They were set up in the afternoon and into the night to show fans and passer-bys how you can take speed badminton from day to night! There was a great turn out and Speedminton Croatia plans to do more events like this!

This weekend Speedminton Slovenia had a presentation for teachers in Otocec.  The presentation was organized by the faculty of sports which makes it very important for teachers to attend.  They had a great turnout and lots of new teachers are interested in starting Speed Badminton at their schools. 

Great news from Speedminton Mauritius! They are in the process of organizing a Juniors Tournament.  They have a good amount of young players signed up to play in the first junior’s tournament and for most, this will be their first tournament experience.  This is a great start for Speedminton Mauritius and they think that this will raise interest in the sport and bring new talent to the game.   

Speedminton Mauritius spend an afternoon sharing and teaching the basics of speed badminton to young kids.  They had a great time learning a new sport and playing matches against each other.  This is just the start of a program that will help with getting more coaching and presence of Speedminton into schools!

Speedminton Mauritius spent some time at the beach with friends recently on Reunion Island.  They used this time to play and teach the game and Saint Gilles Les Bains was the perfect spot for displaying the sport to other beach goers.  Many people passing by were interested and they hope to get some new players soon that are passionate about the sport!

Speedminton Brazil is participating in the Brazil Move Program. The idea of this program is to encourage people to practice physical activities including speed badminton! Joining this movement are the students from the SESC Capinas and they practice speed badminton at the Gymnastics Multifunctional Space.  Their meetings take place three weekends in the month of September in the city of Campinas, Sao Paulo.  Join the movement too and get active!

Speedminton Australia had a guest speaker at their recent ACHPER Conference.  Ms. Alanna Wighton from St. Michael’s Collegiate School in Hobart stopped by to chat about Speedminton in schools.  The conference, held at the University of Tasmania Launceston, included great discussions about physical education and new ideas.  It was an excellent day of professional development and it was great for all the enthusiastic PE teachers to meet and talk about improving their craft.

Speedminton UAE organized an awareness campaign at the Kite Beach in Dubai, UAE. People who were passing by, Meetup Members and Facebook Fans were given this unique opportunity to try Speed Badminton as a game and enjoy the equipment!

Great news from Speedminton Norway…the sport of speed badminton is growing! In last week’s training session, the speed badminton club had such a turnout that they could no longer fit in their practice space. The sports hall, where trainings normally take place, was too small with all the new recruits! This is exciting for Speedminton. We love getting new players! Maybe one of these new players can help Norway challenge Sweden in a match!

Congratulations go out to Racquet Network for staging their first-ever Provincial speed badminton championships at the Riverside Club in Calgary, Alberta! Winners of the doubles event are: Parth Dhaduk and Greg Ahearn; Brent Johner was victorious in the singles event. Great playing, everyone.  Calgary has embraced Speedminton since it was first launched in Canada, and we really appreciate their support. Thanks!

Here are a few photos of things that have been happening recently with Speedminton Croatia! Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more pictures and information.

Speedminton UAE held a night Speedminton event at Al Safa Park in Dubai, UAE. The regular Speedy Speeders joined in for a fun evening session.

Speedminton Netherlands attended an open house at Media Park in Hilversum.  They were invited by an online radio station, Allsports Radio, to present Speedminton and teach people how to play Speed Badminton.  This was a great way to get people familiar with the game.  In two days, more than 10,000 people visited the park to check it out.  Great exposure for Speedminton Netherlands!

This past Sunday, Speedminton Latvia held a Speed Badminton tournament in a very interesting place… an art center! The hall had many paintings and it was a cool atmosphere with Speedminton.  The court was set up on the concrete floor in the old abandoned building which is now covered with art.  Many people came to look at the art and at the same time checked out the sport of Speed Badminton.  It was an amazing experience and it shows that Speed Badminton can truly be played anywhere, anytime!

 

The PAYM Family Sports Fiesta 2014 took place at Jurong Green in Singapore a few days ago. PAYM is the People's Association Youth Movement.  They organize a range of activities and projects for the youth including sports and recreation. The organization acknowledged Speedminton Singapore for their work with the youth.  At the event, a bunch of kids came out to learn and play speed badminton. This is a great partnership for Speedminton Singapore and great things should come of it!

SPEEDMINTON SGP-Singapore Beach Day

 

Speedminton Singapore held a beach event recently at Tanjong Beach in Sentosa.  With the good weather, people came out to enjoy speed badminton.  There were tons of other activities like volleyball but speed badminton was the most popular! If you haven't been to a Speedminton event, make sure to check out the Facebook page to stay up to date on all the activities.

Speedminton Australia has jumped on board the ALS Challenge! Instead of using water, they put their own spin on the idea and used buckets of speeders. Here is the link to watch the short video.  Stay tuned for more Speedminton ALS videos...they challenged Speedminton USA and Speedminton Singapore!

https://www.facebook.com/SpeedmintonAustralia?fref=ts

Speedminton USA was invited to take part in the opening of a new school in San Diego called Design 39.  This all day event took place last Saturday and included a tour of the campus, music, food trucks, and tons of activities including Speedminton! Speedminton USA was super busy all day teaching kids how to play the game.  They really enjoyed measuring their hits with the Speed Check Machine! The school wanted to introduce Speedminton to their students and parents because they want to have Speedminton in their Physical Education Program.  It was a great event for Speedminton USA! And probably the busiest too!

ACHPER, which is the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation, took place recently.  The Queensland state Conference was held this week in Brisbane with over 260 delegates enjoying a range of key note speakers and practical sessions; including Speed Badminton hosted by Geoff Bannister from Speedminton Australia. The Speedminton workshop was held at the end of day one and allowed for the teachers to try out the Night Speeders and Speed Lights. Speedminton Australia has supplied equipment to over 180 Queensland schools and over 1000 nationwide, with lots more interest generated over the 2 day conference. Future Conferences being held in NSW, Tasmania, Canberra and Victoria in the coming months will also feature Speedminton demonstrations and trade displays.

Speedminton Singapore was given the chance to meet Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth, Mr. Lawrence Wong.  Sports in Singapore fall under his ministry and this is significant exposure for Speedminton in Singapore.  Below is a link to the video of Mr. Wong trying Speed Badminton!

https://www.facebook.com/SpeedmintonSingapore?fref=ts

Speedminton Netherlands has a collaboration with Q & Q Smile Solar Watches.  They held an outdoor event together recently and it was huge success!

Every Sunday, Speedminton Singapore holds a weekly training at the new Singapore Sports Hub.  This takes place on the hard courts and Speedminton Singapore is working on establishing permanent courts at this hub! Check out their Facebook page for more information on their weekly trainings.

Here is the video link to the Speedminton Day and Night Event in Vancouver.  Check out the great press that Speedminton Canada is getting!

http://www.theprovince.com/Video+Speedminton/10119028/story.html

Speedminton Canada recently held their first ever "Day and Night" Event at Jericho Beach Park! During the day, people were given the opportunity to play Speedminton and at night, the game was transformed into Blackminton, complete with blacklights and glowing speeders! They also had the Speed Check machine set up so people could measure how fast they hit.  The fastest serve was 209 km/h! About 60 people attended the event and there were four Speedminton coaches on site to help with technique.  This event hosted by Speedminton Canada was featured on the national television station as well as the national radio station! More press was suspected to attend which was great news for Canada! Here's the link...

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/British+Columbia/ID/2487342025/

Speedminton USA attended their first Promotional Goods Trade Show this past week! The SAAC Show took place in Long Beach for two days and had a great turnout of exhibitors and attendees.  Speedminton USA offered branded sets to customers and had good feedback on the products!  They also had some new banners to display in their expo space.  Speedminton is looking forward to their first branded sets order in the United States!

Speedminton Netherlands took part in one of the largest outdoor fairs in their country. Almost 30.000 people visited this four day event. Speedminton was the most popular side event and had a couple hundred enthusiastic people interested in the game! Each day, several demos were given and people were able to try it out and play, and guess what...they all loved it!

Speedminton Singapore was invited to showcase Speedminton as the "New racket sport" during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new sports complex that is built at the Bedok residential estate. The guest of honor, Mr. Lim Swee Say, Minister at Prime Minister's office officiated the groundbreaking ceremony and went around to try out various sports including Speedminton. Mr. Lim, along with other VIPs, tried Speedminton and they enjoyed the session!

The first ever Speedminton Night Event is happening in Canada! This event is taking place over three days, August 12th, 13th, and 14th and is hosted by the Speed Badminton Association of Greater Vancouver.  During the day, there will be courts set up for people to try out the game and coaching will be available to help with technique and to answer questions.  Speedminton Canada now has a radar gun as well so people can see how fast they are serving! Then at night the glow in the dark version of Speed Badminton, which is called Blackminton, will take place.  They expect a great turn out and maybe even some media attention.  This will be an event that you won’t want to miss out on!