This new series shines a spotlight on Badminton New Zealand's hard-working Technical Official community. Hear their motivations, fun facts, pro-tips, and a few inspiring tales too!
This week we begin with Trish Gubb. Trish has been umpiring for New Zealand for over 20 years, including the past 12 as a Badminton World Federation Umpire. Over this time Trish has travelled the globe umpiring the best players in the world, has supported both Badminton New Zealand and Badminton Oceania through our Technical Official Committees and she's offered training and advice to many of the Umpires that we now see at tournaments throughout New Zealand. It's fair to say that technical officiating in New Zealand would not be what it is today, if not for Trish's hard work to grow the sport.
Badminton New Zealand would like to thank Trish for the 1000's of volunteer hours she's contributed, her willingness to continually challenge all around her to reach their potential and for being a tremendous ambassador for Badminton New Zealand worldwide.
Role: BWF Umpire (since 2011)
Nickname: Hsirt (from my Dragon Boating days)
Best Kiwi Holiday Destination: Taupō
Favourite Travel Meal: The local delicacies - just not too spicy!!
Tell us about your background in badminton prior to officiating.
I began playing badminton with my family at the age of five and then club and inter-club from nine years old. Through my younger years I never made a regional team and then as an adult I never really left D-Grade. You can be sure that my playing skills did not get me where I am today and my doubles serves are definitely not legal!
What do you enjoy most about officiating?
I love the concept of 'fair to both sides' and being able to deliver that for players. I also appreciate all of the people I work with and the great friends that I have made!
Do you have a dream event to attend or goal to achieve?
I have been lucky enough to achieve many of my goals, but I am very much looking forward to attending The All England Championships this year. As the oldest tournament in the world I have long wanted to officiate there.
What is your best badminton story?
Umpiring the Men’s Singles Final at the Tokyo Olympics! It was my proudest moment ever to be selected for that match and it was such an honour to be trusted to deliver it.
What is your top tip that you would like to share with our officiating community?
Treat every match as if it was the most important match that you have ever worked. Use all of your skills to deliver the best presentation and fairest result for the players. And remember, every match is someone's final!
We wish Trish the best of luck as she represents New Zealand once again at the All England Championships next month.
If you're interested in following in Trish's footsteps and beginning your career as a badminton umpire, please reach out to Sam Paterson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss upcoming opportunities.
Badminton New Zealand has today announced it has cancelled the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open, scheduled for 22-27 November, 2022 at Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland. This decision is a result of ongoing Covid complexities which continue to impact the viability of the event for both players and fans.
While the decision to cancel the Open will be disappointing for the badminton community, Badminton New Zealand are buoyed by the recent announcement that the New Zealand Open has been confirmed within the HSBC BWF World Tour from 2023-26. Badminton New Zealand CEO Stephen Nelson is excited by the long-term commitment from Badminton World Federation to continue their support for the New Zealand Open.
“The Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open is an important event for badminton within New Zealand and we’re incredibly excited to bring this outstanding event back for our fans in 2023.”
Badminton New Zealand are working closely with Badminton World Federation as they finalise the 2023 calendar and look forward to shortly announcing the dates for the 2023 event.
Due to the cancellation of the Open, Badminton Manawatū are also announcing the cancellation of the Manawatū International that was due to follow the World Tour 300 Event. Manawatū International Event Director James Veitch was disappointed to lose the International in 2022.
"An international badminton tournament in the Manawatū had the entire region excited, and Badminton Manawatū are deeply disappointed to announce its cancellation. We are already working with Badminton Oceania and Badminton New Zealand to explore options for hosting this tournament in 2023, so watch this space over the coming months."
In the meantime, Badminton New Zealand encourages the entire community to support the North Harbour International, which marks the return of international badminton to our shores in October.
Badminton New Zealand in partnership with YONEX are excited to announce the launch of the Shuttle Time Gift Your Gear initiative.
Gift Your Gear seeks to improve the accessibility of badminton by redistributing pre-loved gear to young people throughout Aotearoa. Running throughout March, eighteen of our Associations have signed up to the initiative, with schools and junior clubs across the motu set to benefit.
Badminton New Zealand Community Manager, Sam Paterson notes his excitement “I’m really looking forward to seeing our community come together to grow the sport with collection points from Whangārei to the deep south. Like most players, I’ve hoarded plenty of extra gear over the years, so look forward to dropping these in to the Hastings collection point.”
How do you participate in the Gift Your Gear initiative?
- Search the dark corners of your racquet bag and wardrobe for all of your pre-loved badminton gear.
- Drop it off to one of the collection points listed below.
- It's that simple!
So New Zealand, it's time to Gift Your Gear and give the gift of badminton!
The BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Badminton League hits the heart of Auckland at the prestigious SKYCITY Theatre on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th April. Auckland fans will have the chance to marvel in a unique and theatrical badminton experience, never previously delivered in New Zealand before! Entry is free for spectators and this will be a great opportunity for fans to see the best badminton talent in the country on stage over the two nights.
On Tuesday night, the top-of-the-table TIGER BROKERS Tigers take on the STARSHIP Rockets. Having tussled it out in a Golden Game in Round 1, the Rockets will no doubt be seeking to better their performances with MVP front runner, Alyssa Tagle, leading the charge. With an impressive 8 from 9 wins, Tagle has been a key member to the team’s 3v3 line-up, with the Rockets yet to be defeated in a 3v3 match! Tagle’s mixed partner, Dylan Soedjasa is a true rocket, thriving under pressure and armed with a booming smash – he’s one to keep an eye out for in the doubles!
TIGER BROKERS Tigers will not make it easy for the Rockets, with young gun, Jack Wang asserting his dominance on the doubles and mixed court. Consistent strong performances and a Match Night MVP under his belt, Wang is no doubt a great asset to accompany Tigers’ star Edward Lau as their team battles to remain on top of the league leader board.
Wednesday night won’t disappoint with the PLENTY BAY Whales & Mighty JAZZ Apples colliding on court. After opening the season with a stellar upset, Whales’ Singles specialist Andy Rouse will be looking to cement his mark as he meets the infamous Oscar Guo. Guo will be looking to avenge his Round 1 performance, as his cracking attack and experience will make for a thrilling Men’s Singles clash.
All teams have everything to play for as the league leader board tightens and the intensity will be heightened as the players adjust to competing the totally unique SKYCITY Theatre venue. The theatre is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants, Federal Street right on the doorstep offering the perfect location for a pre-badminton meal or a post-badminton night cap.
Entry is free so be sure to grab a few friends to join a stellar few nights of badminton in the heart of Auckland. Doors open from 6:30pm, with action taking to the court from 7pm.
SKYCITY THEATRE, 78 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD
Parking is available underneath the theatre, with the lifts bringing you directly to the theatre foyer. There are always available taxis in the precinct or you can choose from the many public transport options.