Youngsters shine at badminton tourney

Thursday June 04, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Over 60 junior players took part in the Queen’s Birthday Weekend Tournament. 20060305 Over 60 junior players took part in the Queen’s Birthday Weekend Tournament. 20060305

Cook Islands Badminton celebrated the end of term one classes with a Queen’s Birthday Weekend Tournament.

The tournament saw over 60 junior players take to the courts at St Joseph’s Hall competing in singles and doubles over three days.

Thomas Ngauru, the president of Cook Islands Badminton, said it was a great opportunity for parents to see their child’s progress in the sport.

Veena Aperau, a parent, said it was an awesome event and thanked Cook Islands Badminton for organising it.

Thomas Ngauru said for the players, the event was an opportunity to experience competitive atmosphere and all the nerves and pressure that come with it.

Young Te Pa Tupa of Matavera was an absolute pleasure to watch as she dominated the intermediate competition and taking out the singles division. 

Te Pa was supposed to travel to New Zealand this year to compete at the Anchor AIMS Games in September which have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ngauru said: “She would have had a really good chance of winning gold but now her sights are set on competing at the Oceania U19 Junior Champs in February 2021.”

Cook Islands Badminton would like to thank Maria Grieg for sponsoring waffles and ice-blocks, the parents for donating goodies to sell and the volunteers.

Cook Islands Badminton is now accepting new enrolments for term two which will begin from June 15for children ages 7 – 11 years old. 

There are very limited spots available so contact Thomas Ngauru on 57163 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire.

Social nights are also running at St Joseph’s Hall on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6pm for beginners. Entry fee is $2 and racquets are provided.


Junior Competition: Singles – Division 1 Winner: Chris-Aiden Pederson, Runner-Up: Edon Teraitua; Division 2 Winner: Chayse Moosman, Runner-Up: Victor Anselmo; Division 3 Winner: Lana Aperau-Toa, Runner-Up: Gabriel Pukeiti; Division 4 Winner: Maiata Matheson, Runner-Up: Siaosi Cowan. Doubles – Division 1 Winners: Chris-Aiden Pederson & Victor Anselmo, Runner-Up: Edon Teraitua & Lana Aperau-Toa; Division 2 Winners: Gabriel Pukeiti & Benjamin Bogitini, Runner-Up: Mykaela & Noah Rauraa.

Intermediate Competition: Singles – Division 1 Winner: Te Pa Tupa, Runner-Up: Kaiyin Mataio; Division 2 Winner: Vaitea Ama, Runner-Up: Augustine Teraitua; Division 3 Winner: Eliakima Webb, Runner-Up: Chris-Aiden Pederson; Division 4 Winner: Jade Cowan, Runner-Up: Apenisa Bogitini. Doubles – Division 1 Winners: Kaiyin Mataio & Zarrian Heather-Rau, Runner-Up: Te Pa Tupa & Tuaana Mitchell; Division 2 Winners: George George & Charlie Ngatoko, Runner-Up: Vaitea Ama & Eliakima Webb;  Division 3
Winners: Apenisa Bogitini & Joshua Ravuaceva, Runner-Up: Tara Aperau & Kiara Moosman.

Open Competition: Singles – Division 1 Winner:  Danniel Daniel, Runner-Up:  Shane Pederson; Division 2 Winner:  Stephen Cuthers, Runner-Up:  Emanuela Mataio; Division 3 Winner: Daniel Akavi, Runner-Up: Tereapii Akavi; Division 4 Winner: Eleanor Wichman, Runner-Up: Tehani Matapo, Division 5 Winner:  Ngamata Pederson, Runner-Up: Maeva Kirikava Jnr

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