The competition, which runs from August 14 to 23, was made possible after the six juniors all qualified after competing in a tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.
“Back in April we all went over to compete in Auckland for the East Pacific Championship,” said team manager Kura Une.
“Only the best in region would qualify to go to Fiji, and all six made it, two girls and four boys. So that was unbelievable.”
The players will participate under the East Pacific Regional team, and will be joined by players from Samoa and Tahiti, and will also share coaches.
Bluesky and ANZ have been instrumental in helping the squad prepare for the trip, by providing them with the means to raise funds.
“Bluesky have been really important,” said Une. “They donated two phones and top-up bonuses for us to use, as well as training uniforms and merchandise, even bags and bottles.”
“They have also donated $2000, which will go towards our travel expenses.”
ANZ has also made significant contributions, sponsoring a sausage sizzle right outside the bank, and have continued to help Tennis Cook Islands throughout the year.
“They paid for everything. They bought the sausages, the bread, they even buttered it,” Une said, laughing.
“We just had to turn up and sell them, and after an hour or so they even sent out their staff to help out.
“In all, we made about $600, which they then topped up to $800, so we are incredibly grateful for their support.”
Tennis Cook Islands president Brian Baudinet says the competition is between the East, West and North Pacific regions, and is held in Fiji annually.
“This year we think we have a very good chance to win the title, and I am very grateful for the support of Bluesky,” Baudinet said.
Under 12s – Jessie Toa, Arikitoa Allsworth, Maka Maui, Moana Une, Teakaiti Toa
Under 16s: Elijah Amataiti