Over 35 competitors battled it out for the singles, doubles and mix doubles titles for 2017.
There were some great matchups throughout the two-day event, which is now into its third consecutive year.
Eric Gamez was able to hold on to his Men’s Singles title but it was his opponent in the final, Vaitoti Tupa, who won the respect of the crowd.
At only 13 years old, Vaitoti was able to beat top senior players to make to his first senior men’s singles final, a great achievement for the junior who has only been playing for the last 18 months.
Vaitoti is also the Under 13 and Under 15 singles and doubles champion for 2017 and received a special award for his achievements during Saturday’s prize giving event.The youngster will be nominated for Junior Sportsman of the Year for 2017 at next year’s Sports awards.
And the extraordinary results didn’t stop there, as fellow U15 Cook Islands representative Teatuanui George was crowned Senior Women’s Singles National Champion for 2017.
It was a final that could have gone any way and essentially came down to who could keep calm under pressure.
Defending champion Adrianna Skurosz was unable to contain the onslaught from Teatuanui 22-20 but Adrianna will surely be back with a vengeance in 2018.
Teatuanui ends the year as the College Singles and Doubles Champion, U15 Girls National Doubles Champion, Senior Women’s Singles National Champion and also earning herself a nomination for Junior Sports Woman for 2017.
This year’s Christmas party and senior prize giving was held at the old Tahiti Café, where badminton committee, players, families, supporters and sponsor gathered to recognise winners and celebrate an awesome year for badminton.
Cook Islands Badminton would like to thank all those who have supported badminton this year and we wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Men’s Singles Champion: Eric Gamez, Runner-Up: Vaitoti Tupa, Women’s Singles Champion: Teautanui George, Runner-Up: Adrianna Skurosz, Men’s Doubles Champions: Eric Gamez and Makiroa Mataio, Runner-Up: Ahkim Tikaroa and Hebrew Tom, Women’s Doubles Champion: Adrianna Skurosz and Kariana Hagai, Mix Doubles Champion: Eric Gamez and Ira Partarrieu, Runner-Up: Ngaoa Ranginui and Thomas Ngauru, Consolation: Manea Maretapu and Marama Marsters.