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Tuesday 12 March 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Netball, Sports


Glassie returns as Cook Islands netball U21 coach

Netball Cook Islands is gearing up to host the Netball Youth World Cup Regional Qualifiers for Oceania and has appointed a new coach to prepare the national side for the tournament to be held in September.

Former national under-21 coach John Glassie has rejoined Netball Cook Islands as the new coach of the U21 team.

Glassie will be preparing the team for the Netball Youth World Cup Regional Qualifiers for Oceania that will be held in Rarotonga, this September.

Netball Cook Islands secretary Jenna Tere, who will also be the team manager, said Glassie has a wealth of experience, with over 20 years of coaching experience, including leading the Cook Islands U21 team in 2016 and at the 2017 World Youth Cup in Botswana.

Tere said that Glassie’s decision to return to the Cook Islands to live is a testament to his commitment to the Cook Islands community.

“We are thrilled to have him on board. His expertise and leadership will undoubtedly be invaluable as we prepare our young athletes for international competition.”

In the build up to the regional tournament, Netball Cook Islands has a full calendar of exciting events and initiatives planned for the year, and Tere said they are committed to providing opportunities for all members of the community to participate in and enjoy the sport of netball.

The association will kick off the 2024 domestic season on April 3.

Meanwhile, Netball Cook Islands held its annual general meeting (AGM) on February 20 and confirmed the following executive committee – vice president international - Luciana Nicholas; vice president high performance - Sebon Nicholas-Will, vice president development - Jason Lindsay; vice president local competition and president - Ngere Puia-Fraser, secretary - Jenna Tere and treasurer - Chrissy Piakura.

NCI expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the tireless efforts of the outgoing executives, Tekura Moeka’a, Mavis Aumetua Nicholas, and Mii Maui, who dedicated their time and energy to the development and success of the sport over the years.

“Their commitment and hard work have been instrumental in shaping netball in our community,” said Tere.

They also thanked outgoing president, Mii Maui, for her leadership and vision which have been crucial in advancing the interests of netball in Cook Islands.

“Her dedication to the development of our local players has been exemplary, and her passion for the sport has inspired many.”

The Life Membership awards were given to Margaret Matenga, Matangaro Maxwell, and Mii Maui and Service Award was given to Rima Moeka’a.