The year got off to a great start with CI Badminton’s secretary Gail Eraio winning the ‘Woman in Sports’ award at the annual Cook Islands Sports Awards in March.
This was followed by an opportunity to share the Cook Islands’ badminton success story with the rest of the world at the annual World Badminton Federation AGM and member’s forum held on the Gold Coast in May.
The biggest highlight was the development of the junior programme.
CIBA sent two age group teams to compete in New Zealand at the Anchor AIMS Games and Under 15 nationals in Tauranga, with 2017 also bringing a huge increase in children participation and the delivery of the inaugural primary school tournament in November.
Other highlights were the Annual Secondary Schools tournament in June, the Business House League in October, the opening of the St Joseph’s Community Hall Water Station then rounding off the year with a successful junior and senior Cook Islands Nationals.
In 2018 CI Badminton is looking forward to working more with our children in the outer islands and preparing to send the first Cook Islands team to the Junior Oceania Champs in Australia.