An award for the whole family

Thursday May 28, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Sport Administrator of the Year, Badminton Cook Islands president Thomas Mereana-Ngauru. 20052706,07,09 Sport Administrator of the Year, Badminton Cook Islands president Thomas Mereana-Ngauru. 20052706,07,09

While accepting the award for Sport Administrator of the Year at the Cook Islands Sports Awards, Badminton Cook Islands president Thomas Mereana-Ngauru paid tribute to his badminton “family”.

“An administrator’s job is not possible without the hard work, commitment and respect from players and coaches, earning the trust of parents, having an executive who are willing to follow and share your vision, the support of playing venues, volunteers and the community,” he said.

“I feel that this award is truly a reflection of the hard work of the whole Cook Islands Badminton family.”

Badminton Cook Islands celebrated one of their biggest triumphs at the Cook Islands Sports Awards last weekend.

Collectively, the organisation was nominated in six categories.

Mereana-Ngauru is no stranger to the title, having already won the award in 2016 when Badminton Cook Islands were building momentum and a strong reputation.

The sport has gone from strength to strength under his leadership since attending a Player Performance Pathway workshop delivered by the Badminton World Federation and World Academy of Sport.

The course helped to formulate their Strategic Plan, mapping out player pathways from grassroots to performance.

Since then, the nation has seized all of the opportunities given to them and the results are starting to show.

The strong organisation is testament to the decision to host this year’s Oceania Masters in Paradise in Rarotonga to further develop the capacity and skills of local organisers.

Unfortunately, the event was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but remains in contention to feature on the 2021 calendar at the Edgewater Resort – which was also the location of the Cook Islands Sports Awards.

The Cook Islands were one of the few countries from Oceania that encountered limited impact from the Covid-19 pandemic and have been back up and running with Shuttle Time sessions and national squad training for the past three weeks.

It was humbling to receive so much support from the sporting community, Mereana-Ngauru said and seeing how the good work and growth has not gone unnoticed. 

“But I must say thank you to our young players who were nominated for being great ambassadors and bringing badminton to the fore front – this award belongs to you!”

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