A feather in Baudinet’s cap

Tuesday October 23, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Brett Baudinet and Patricia Taea with their Sportsman and the Sportswoman of the Year awards on Sunday night. 18102224 Brett Baudinet and Patricia Taea with their Sportsman and the Sportswoman of the Year awards on Sunday night. 18102224

It has been a year of achievements for Brett Baudinet who, on Sunday night, was crowned the Sportsman of the Year at the Cook Islands Sports Awards for the 2017 season.


The Sportswoman of the Year title went to the national sprinter Patricia Taea at the CISNOC organised awards event held at the Edgewater Resort and Spa.

Baudinet, the veteran tennis player, first won the award in 2005 after claiming the Junior Sportsman of the Year title in 2002.

He was pleased with the latest honour which adds to a number of accolades he has raked in this year.

“I am extremely honoured and very excited to be the 2017 Sportsman of the Year. This year has just been an amazing ride with not only winning the Cook Islands Tourism Marketing and Supreme Award for Explore.com and Jasons Travel Media, becoming a proud father, and now winning the Sportsman of the Year as well,” Baudinet said.

“I couldn't have done it without the fantastic support I receive from my beautiful family and friends, ITF (International Tennis Federation) and OTF (Oceania Tennis Federation), our local tennis committee and supporters and our Cook Island people.

“We truly live in the most beautiful place in the world and I'm so proud to represent our magnificent Cook Islands on an international level for tennis, business, and everything Cook Islands.”

Baudinet dedicated the Sportsman of the Year award to his 4-week-old son, Blake Raina Baudinet, who he and his wife Maya are hoping to turn into a great sportsman one day.

“Congratulations also to all the other nominations and award winners this year,” he said.

Baudinet enjoyed a successful 2017 season where he became the first player to play 50 Davis Cup ties for Pacific Oceania. He has also been added to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Honours Board in London along the likes of international tennis star Roger Federer.

The awards night was attended by two guest speakers of Cook Islands descent – professional golfer Phillis Meti and international rugby player Ryan Nicholas.

The duo talked about their journey to becoming international sporting stars and offered words of advice to the up and coming local athletes.

Meanwhile the Sports Team of the Year went to the women 3x3 basketball team, which also won a gold medal at the Mini Games last year. The team also claimed the Women in Sports Trophy.

Tennis coach Malcolm Kajer claimed the Coach of the Year award.       



Manea Games Sportswoman of the Year – Kuramaeva Tare, Manea Games Sportsman of the Year – Tuakana Mataiti, Pa Enua Sports Association of the Year – Mitiaro Sports Association, Pa Enua Sports Achievement Award – Motu 2 Motu Aitutaki, Women in Sports Trophy – Women 3x3 Basketball, Sports Achievement of the Year Award – Women Rugby League World Cup 2017, Sports Technical Official of the Year – John Pareanga – CI Football, Sports Administrator of the Year – Ahkim Tikaroa, Sports Coach of the Year –Malcolm Kajer, Fair Play Award – Rochelle Teiri, Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Daimzel Rongokea, Junior Sportsman of the Year – Carlos Taua Heather, International Olympic Committee  Sports Personality Award – Lee Harmon, Sports Team of the Year – Women 3x3 Basketball, Sportswoman of the Year – Patricia Taea, Sportsman of the Year – Brett Baudinet, Services to Sport – Teaea Parima.

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