Badminton is an indoor racket sport played on a court with a net using a shuttlecock. But what makes badminton different from other racket sports? The answer is simple, SPEED! Badminton is the fastest racket sport in the world!
There are 5 events that are played in competition, namely, women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Badminton is an Olympic Sport.
The badminton club at the University of Pretoria is known as TuksBadminton. We play a large part in South Africa’s success on the continent. We have many national representatives, national squad members, and are the largest badminton club in our local provincial structure, Northern Gauteng (NG).
TuksBadminton is a member of USSA (UNIVERSITY SPORT SOUTH AFRICA) and play an active role in their activities.
TuksBadminton is also a social and development club. We strive to promote the sport of badminton amongst the surrounding community. Our sport is easily followed and easy to learn. This helps us promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Badminton amongst students is an important component in our success, and participation of students has led to our on-going continuity.
In short, we encourage any person who values a healthy and active lifestyle to come and try out our great sport. You might enjoy it!
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Castle Lager, Mark Boucher and the Veterinary Genetics Lab put rhinos in safe hands - 19/09/2014
Cricket icon Mark Boucher is not only a champion sportsman, but also someone who is committed to playing his part to protect rhinos from extinction. After retiring from cricket, he partnered with Castle Lager to set up the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy Ė Rhino in Safe Hands. Boucher chose to specifically support UPís Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) and aims to raise enough money to register all South Africaís rhinos onto the DNA database of the VGL, known as RhODIS.
Unlocking the secrets of lightning - 19/09/2014
In South Africa, approximately 80 to 100 people die each year as a result of lightning strikes, and approximately seven times as many people are struck and survive. Dr Ryan Blumenthal, a senior specialist in the Department of Forensic Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, has spent over ten years researching the effects of lightning on the human and the animal body and is very knowledgeable on the risks associated with this capricious and unpredictable natural phenomenon.
Sedibeng Water and UP - 15/09/2014
On 9 September 2014, UPís Department of Chemical Engineering hosted the launch of the Sedibeng Water Chair in Water Utilisation Engineering. This is a research collaboration initiative between UP and Sedibeng Water. It was attended by key industry players and UP staff. Key addresses were delivered by UPís Prof Roelf Sandenbergh, Prof Philip de Vaal, Prof Evans Chirwa and Mr R Takalani, Director: Corporate Services and Acting Chief Executive from Sedibeng Water.