Yesterday marked the first of a number of training sessions for the players, while assistant coach to the New Zealand Tall Ferns, Aik Ho is on the island.
Having Ho here in Rarotonga is the result of his relationship with new CISNOC secretary-general and CIBF treasurer, Owen Lewis.
“Ho coached my daughters during our time in New Zealand and having him here is a massive opportunity for our youngsters.
“We have a number of Cook Islanders plying their trade overseas. At the moment we are trying to build upon the momentum after our women’s team won gold in Vanuatu last year at the Pacific Mini Games, so that it filters down in our age-groups.
“We have plenty of enthusiastic and eager young players who are here every week and having someone with the experience that Ho brings is invaluable.”
Lewis said that while Ho is here in Rarotonga he will be holding training sessions with interested players on the island, but also is happy to share his coaching knowledge with any that are wanting to come and learn more.
“It is not just about giving our players a person like Ho to learn from. It also (helps) our future coaches so that we continue to grow the sport towards our goal of a top finish in November at the Polynesian Cup, as we build towards the Pacific Games.”