Junior badminton team off to Auckland

Monday August 07, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
Members of the junior development team is off to Auckland this weekend for the Oceania development camp which starts on Monday. 17080302 Members of the junior development team is off to Auckland this weekend for the Oceania development camp which starts on Monday. 17080302

A Cook Islands under-15 junior badminton development squad is heading to Auckland this weekend to attend a four day Oceania development camp which starts on Monday.

 

Players from all over Oceania will gather for the intensive training camp, which will involve technical and fitness testing.

The national squad, which includes Teatuanui George, Kariana Hagai, Vaitoti Tupa and Damus Matakino, will represent the country at the event. 

Cook Islands Badminton Association (CIBA) president Thomas Ngauru said the squad had undergone months of training under the watchful eyes of national Badminton head coach Ngaoa Ranginui.

“They are excited and a little nervous but are looking forward to the opportunity, the exposure as well as improving their skills,” Ngauru said.

“They will then make their way down to Tauranga to compete in the North Island U15 National Champs on August 12 and 13.

“They will each compete in singles, doubles and mix doubles events against the top junior players of the North Island.”

Ngauru said the tour and the competition were part of CIBA’s junior badminton development programme which is the next step after the schools “shuttletime” programme.

“Next on the cards for these players will be to prepare for the U19 Oceania Championships in 2019 and maybe the next Mini Games in 2019.”

“CIBA wishes them the best of luck and would like to thank everyone for their support including Bank South Pacific for sponsoring their playing uniforms. 

“A huge thank you to Oceania Badminton for making this all possible.”

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