Apii Nikao students, teachers and parents at Rarotonga International Airport on Saturday departing for New Zealand. APII NIKAO/23082210
Apii Nikao has been sweeping up gold medals in the five-day Camp Adair student’s badminton competition held this week in Auckland East, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Forty-six Apii Nikao students, staff, parents and anau
departed Rarotonga last Saturday, the first international school to be invited
to participate in the five-day Camp Adair.
Seven schools from Aotearoa as well as Nikao are
staying at the camp site – more than 300 students.
The students were “overwhelmed” at the opening
ceremony of the camp, especially by the warm welcome from the schools in
Principal of Apii Nikao, Michael Mokai who is
accompanying the group said Apii Nikao is one of eight schools (seven schools from
South and East Auckland) taking part in the camp for Year 1 to Year 8 which is
run through the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) and The John Walker Find
Your Field of Dreams Foundation Charitable Trust.
“We are very privileged we took up an opportunity that
was offered to us initially through Ben Koteka and the Cook Islands Rugby Union,”
“We are the first international overseas school to be
offered to attend this camp and through a myriad of different sponsorship the
actual camp was provided free for us.”
The students will play 18 different sports, some of
which they have never been exposed to before, however, there are some
traditional sports like rugby and netball.
“It’s not only a really awesome sporting opportunity
but even more so a social and a cultural experience for our tamariki to be
around other children the same age from Aotearoa New Zealand.
“A good learning experience in lots of different ways,”
Year 8 student, 12 year Vincent Simpson is
participating in badminton, netball, archery, mountain biking, pickle ball,
gaga ball, orienteering and tug-o-war.
Simpson said: “I’m very excited because it’s the first
sports camp I’ve ever been too and I think everyone is super excited”
Ava Holten, also in Year 8 said, what makes this even more exciting is that we’re the first school in the Cook Islands.
She is competing in netball, lacrosse, basketball,
volley ball and tug-o-war events.
Fundraising efforts assisted with the purchase of the
team’s uniforms and airfares.
The Apii Nikao badminton champions are: Girls Singles
- Terito Napa, Boy’s Singles - Haize Gamez, Boys Doubles - Uhain Gamez and
Vincent Simpson, Girls Doubles - Rosa Kureta and Tyla Ngaata, Mixed Doubles -
Harold Browne and Amaya Tapuvae, have made their school proud in the early days
Established in 1913, The Camp Adair (formerly known as the YMCA) is one of Aotearoa’s oldest and largest camps which has provided thousands of Kiwis the opportunity to develop themselves using the great outdoors.
Overlooking the stunning Hunua Ranges Regional Park,
YMCA Camp Adair covers 100 acres and includes four self-contained areas that
can accommodate a total of 434 people.