Island’s youngsters eager to be taught tennis skills

Wednesday December 18, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
The youngsters taking part in the Cook Islands Tennis holiday programme pose for a photo on the court. 19121712. The youngsters taking part in the Cook Islands Tennis holiday programme pose for a photo on the court. 19121712.

The large crowd of children gathered at the Nikao tennis courts in the mornings is an encouraging indication that they’re keen to learn to play the popular sport.

 

Tennis coach Malcolm Kajer said he had not expected such a large group, but said as it was the first week of the school holidays, the attendance wasn’t entirely surprising.

The junior tennis programme runs until Friday for 4 to 6 year olds, and 7 to 12 year olds.

Keen tennis enthusiast Kaena Short says he loves the sport, and thinks of his aunt Paio Short – a former Cook Islands tennis international representative, when he is on the court.

Racquets are provided and all parents need to provide are snacks and water for rehydration.

Children have also benefited from ANZs continued sponsorship of the tennis project conducted at schools on the island.

Kajer is grateful for the bank’s loyal support: “ANZ has supported this tennis project since 1994, for the past 25 years.”

Their contribution was beneficial for both the sport and the nation’s children he said.

From January 9 to 14 next year, Cook Islands junior players will participate at the Auckland tournament in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, in Auckland, Cook Islands tennis representatives Ruby Pierre, Heimata Karika, Te Akaiti Toa, Moana Une and Christopher Neururer, are competing in the Under 18 and Under 16 year old New Zealand nationals.

Toa won her match in a super tiebreaker and Neururer has also come away with a win, leaving Moana yet to play.

Three juniors in the 14 Under event played their matches yesterday. Neururer and Une will play in the Tier 3 competition while Toa has made it into the qualifying event.

Ruby Pierre has completed her matches in both the 18 Under and 16 Under NZ & 16U NZ Junior championships for 2019.

Results will be published later in the week.

 

 

Leave a comment