Badminton squad back from NZ

Monday August 13, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports

This week the Cook Islands U15 badminton squad consisting of Vaitoti Tupa, Danniel Apii Jr, Eleanor Wichman, Tereapii Akavi and their coach Ngaoa Ranginui arrived back from a successful trip to New Zealand.


The four players were involved in a week-long camp before competing in the TUI Medical U15 Waikato Open in Hamilton.

Despite a nervous start, all four players were able to play at their best and produce some great results.

One of the standout performances came from Vaitoti Tupa, who won his first-round, main-draw singles match before going up against Lucas Mitchell, the eventual singles competition winner who is also a member of the NZ Junior Badminton Team.

Even young Danniel Apii Jr showed some real fight against the top New Zealand players, playing two mammoth three-set matches before bowing out of the boys’ plate singles competition.

But the best result came in the boys’ doubles when, after a disappointing loss in the first round of the main draw, Vaitoti and Danniel managed to pick them themselves up and fight their way to the doubles plate finals. It was a close and nerve-wracking match, with the pair unable to grab the win, going down 21-17, 21-17.

Unfortunately, injury struck the team and as a result Eleanor Wichman was unable to compete in the girls’ and doubles competitions.

She was able to put in a commendable performance in the mixed doubles competition with partner Vaitoti Tupa, but was disappointed she was unable to compete to her full potential.

Another commendable performance was put in by Tereapii Akavi, who at only 11 years old was the youngest member of the team and will definitely be one to watch out for in future.

Akavi will be representing Nukutere College in badminton at the Anchor AIMS Games next month in Tauranga New Zealand.

Also, during the camp our players underwent umpiring training which they all successfully passed and received their bronze BOC Pacific Junior Umpire Awards.

Part of their training was to umpire some of the finals, which was a huge feat and honour for our junior players.

CI Badminton would like to thank Oceania Badminton for this opportunity and meitaki maata to the families, players, coaching staff and sponsors for their support.

            - Release


Singles: Vaitoti Tupa beat Eric Wu 21-17, 21-17; Vaitoti Tupa lost to Lucas Mitchell 21-5, 21-6; Danniel Apii lost to Nick Shi 21-7, 21-13; Danniel Apii beat Daniel Wee 21-14, 13-21, 22-20; Danniel Apii lost to Daniel Chen 21-7, 14-21, 21-15; Tereapii Akavi lost to Smile Li 21-3, 21-1; Tereapii Akavi lost to Farah Thien 21-16, 21-16.

Mixed doubles: Danniel Apii/Tereapii Akavi beat Daniel Wee/Rosie Yang 21-12, 21-18; Danniel Apii/Tereapii Akavi lost to Raphael Deloy/Jessie Kalaidis 21-12, 21-13; Vaitoti Tupa/Eleanor Wichman lost to Bruce Guo/Karen Grace Guo 21-17, 21-15; Vaitoti Tupa/Eleanor Wichman beat Dale Evans-Parker/Nishika Jain 21-14, 21-18.

Boys’ doubles: Vaitoti Tupa/Danniel Apii lost to Daniel Chen/Mikey Andrews 21-18, 21-18; Vaitoti Tupa/Danniel Apii beat Kyran Evans-Parker/Eric Wu 21-11, 21-11; Vaitoti Tupa/Danniel Apii beat Mathew O’Connor/Ra Roper 21-19, 21-14; Vaitoti Tupa/Danniel Apii beat Andrew Chang/Kevin Li by walkover; Vaitoti Tupa/Danniel Apii lost to Hugo Lou/Richard Lin 21-17, 21-17.

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