The two-day tournament will feature 161 students from eight schools around the island, competing in boys’, girls’ and mixed doubles and singles competitions.
The Nukutere College juniors are looking strong this year and are aiming to reclaim the overall trophy, which they last held in 2015.
But it won’t be without a fight from defending champs Apii Avarua, who have held the trophy for the past two years.
Senior defending champions Tereora College are also looking to bring home their trophy once more, but don’t be surprised if Titikaveka College spoil those plans.
“We are looking forward to some very exciting matches, as a lot of the school teams feature members of the national U13, U15 and U19 squads who are in training for international competitions this year,” said Cook Islands Badminton Federation president Thomas Ngauru. “But most of all it’s about giving all children the opportunity to play!
“Again our players and volunteers are being spoilt with 191 heathy snack packs sponsored by CITC and Avarua Bakery that will be wrapped in special Kraft bags.
“The bags will contain Pump water, fresh fruit, cheese and cracker snacks, a muffin and savouries, so all involved will be well-hydrated and energised. Meitaki maata to CITC and Avarua Bakery for your tremendous support.”
This is the first-ever badminton event to be held at the National Auditorium and definitely won’t be the last.
“Thank you to the Edgewater Resort and Islander Hotel for kindly sponsoring the hire of the auditorium for this event,” Ngauru said.
The tournament is part of Cook Islands Badminton’s junior development programme, which will follow on with the primary school badminton tournament to be held in October.
Ngauru said Cook Islands Badminton would also be holding a special badminton workshop for teachers from the northern group who will be attending the Maire Nui celebrations this month.
“Each school will receive racquets, nets and shuttles, along with lesson plans and other resources so children in the north can also enjoy the beautiful sport of badminton.”
For any enquiries, contact Thomas Ngauru on 57163.