An impressive turnout of 48 teams took to the courts to compete in the first ‘Clash of the Generator’ fun Cook Islands badminton tournament.
The Princess Anne Hall was packed with families and friends who came along to show their support.
President Thomas Ngauru said, “it was so satisfying to see so many parents, especially the dads turning up for their kids in such a big way.”
“For most parents it was the first time for them to play badminton, let alone play in a tournament competing alongside their children.
“They were nervous, but by the end of the day the parents were happy they had participated and many were shocked at how much fun they had,” said Ngauru.
Ngauru said the main focus was to encourage parents and guardians to become more involved in the sport and to give them an opportunity to bond with their kids and spend a fun day out.
“The response from those who attended was tremendous and positive, those who were there would agree it was a huge success,” he said.
Pool A and B winners was the father and son combination of Makea and Makea Jnr Pauka, runners up Teina and JohnBoy Taulu; pool C and D winners Apii Rau and Zarrian Heather-Rau, runners up Nooroa and Setephano Vakatini.
Pool E and F winners Tangitoru Heather and Aunty Theresa Taiarui, runners up Jamie and Edon Teraitua; Pool G and H winners Edwin and Augustine Teraitua, runners up Daniel and Eliakima Webb.
The best dressed was won by Hina and Tupuna Amo; the biggest age difference Gail and Tai Eraio; most unrelated Teina and JohnBoy Taulu; youngest competitor Miss Lyla Sosene.
Cook Islands Badminton would like to thank everyone who took part, “we received great assistance from our awesome group of volunteers Maria Grieg, Tracey Hemi and Dinah Areaiti and our hardworking committee,” said Ngauru.
For those who would like to give the sport a try join in the social games every Monday and Thursday evening at the St Joseph’s Hall from 6pm for only $2; racquets are provided. For further information contact Thomas Ngauru on 57163.