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Donated gear helps development

Friday June 12, 2015 Written by Published in Other Sports
Junior badminton player Ray Charles Marsters is stoked with the donation of high quality badminton racquets that will be put to great use in developing the sport in the islands. Junior badminton player Ray Charles Marsters is stoked with the donation of high quality badminton racquets that will be put to great use in developing the sport in the islands.

With only two weeks to go until the inaugural Inter-College Badminton Tournament, there is plenty of excitement among competitive youth players.

 

For the past six weeks, Papaaroa College students have been sharpening up their shuttle skills with their Wednesday weekly sessions sure to make them one of the standout teams in the upcoming tournament.

“Badminton is definitely a sport the students are growing to love and quickly learning it’s not the soft and lofty game they first thought,” says badminton association president Thomas Mereana-Taikoko.

“In fact, badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world, with players smashing shuttles up to speeds of 400km/h and more.” 

To assist with the development of the sport the Cook Islands Badminton Association has been fortunate to be the recipient of 100 high quality badminton racquets from sporting equipment manufacturer Yonex. 

“The much-needed equipment will allow our young development players to improve their game and reach their full potential,” says Thomas.

“We would like to thank Yonex, Nadia Bleaken at Oceania Badminton and BWF for this opportunity and their continuous support.”

The association would also like to thank new sponsors Prime Foods for coming on board to support the tournament.  

“They have generously sponsored drinks and fresh fruit for our 80 snack packs for each of the competitors and volunteers.” 

And now transport to and from the event is no longer a problem, with a Cooks passenger bus being kindly sponsored by a ‘friend in badminton’.  

Saturday Junior Lessons continue this weekend at 9am at Princess Anne Hall. Bring $2 and a bottle of drink.  

Social evenings are on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Princess Anne Hall at 6pm and if you have any questions, contact Thomas Ngauru on 571563.  

 

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