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Junior badminton squad off to New Zealand

Thursday June 06, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
From left: Vaitoti Tupa Jnr, Eleanor Wichman, Daniel Daniel and Tereapii Akavi will attend the 2019 Badminton Pacific Development Squad next week. 19060503 From left: Vaitoti Tupa Jnr, Eleanor Wichman, Daniel Daniel and Tereapii Akavi will attend the 2019 Badminton Pacific Development Squad next week. 19060503

Cook Islands Badminton Association (CIBA) is proud to announce that four of the country’s top juniors have been selected by Badminton Oceania to be included in the 2019 Pacific Development Squad along with players from Tonga, Fiji and Samoa. 

 

Eleanor Wichman, Tereapii Akavi, Vaitoti Tupa Jnr and Daniel Daniel will attend two development camps this year to be held in Auckland New Zealand. 

The team will depart next Wednesday for the first camp to be conducted at College Rifles in Remuera from June 15 to 23.

The aim of the Development Squad is to bring junior players from selected Pacific Island countries together into a performance training environment and build a progressive and positive training culture linked with tournament experience at a level above what is available in-country. 

Long term, the programme strives to develop players towards the Youth Olympic Games 2022 and beyond.

CIBA has put a lot of time and energy into developing badminton in the schools.

All four members of the squad first picked up and experienced the sport at their respective school badminton lessons.

Currently, CIBA has tutors working with secondary school students in years seven up to year 10 around the island that will wrap up next week with the 5th Annual College Tournament to be held on the June 11th and 12th at the National Auditorium.

CIBA would like to thank Badminton World Federation and Badminton Oceania for this opportunity and their continuous support of badminton in the Cook Islands.    

-CIBA