Badminton U19 reps’ first Oceania champs

Saturday February 09, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
The CIs Badminton Under 19 Squad, from left: Vaitoti Tupa Jnr, Damus Matakino, Danniel Apii Jnr, Emanuela Mataio, Jean-Luc Baillet CEO Horra Ltd and team sponsor, Tereapii Akavi, Loureina Kureta, Kariana Hagai & Eleanor Wichman. 19020705 The CIs Badminton Under 19 Squad, from left: Vaitoti Tupa Jnr, Damus Matakino, Danniel Apii Jnr, Emanuela Mataio, Jean-Luc Baillet CEO Horra Ltd and team sponsor, Tereapii Akavi, Loureina Kureta, Kariana Hagai & Eleanor Wichman. 19020705

For the first time the Cook Islands will be represented at the Junior Under 19 Oceania Badminton Championships in Melbourne.

 

The players will compete in both the individual and team events held at the Melbourne Aquatic and Sports Centre from February 11 to 17.

Eight countries from the Oceania Region are competing, the Cook Islands are striving to make the top five, which includes New Zealand and Australia. 

Team manager Thomas Ngauru says Jean-Luc Baillet the CEO for Horra Ltd has kindly sponsored the travelling and competition T-shirts. “As a life and health coach, he is happy to support young people in sports as it provides positive goals, teaches life skills and being good role models to other young people.”

The Cook Islands badminton representatives are: Vaitoti Tupa Jnr, Damus Matakino, Danniel Apii Jnr, Emanuela Mataio, Tereapii Akavi, Loureina Kureta, Kariana Hagai, and Eleanor Wichman.

New Zealand-based player Aidan Karati will represent the Cook Islands in the Open Individual Division in Men's and Mixed Doubles. 

Also travelling are: Team manager Thomas Mereana-Ngauru, team coach Ngaoa Ranginui, chaperones  Gail Eraio and Jeanine Daniel.

The games are held every two years and are being hosted by Badminton Victoria the Cook Islands team will be lodging at The Quest Hotel in St Kilda.

Badminton Cook Islands is now accepting enrolments for the 9 week after-school coaching programme for children ages 7 to 12 years, beginning on Week 4 of the school term. 

There are limited spaces available so enrol by contacting Thomas Ngauru on 57163 or thomasutangauru@gmail or facebook: badminton cookislands.

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