The Rarotonga Primary Schools tennis tournament champions. From left: 8 year old Boys Regan Wichman Apii Avarua, 8 year old Girls Trina Maui Apii Avarua, 9 year old Boys Noah Rauraa Apii Nikao, 9 year old Girls Tera Rongo Apii Avarua, 10 year old Boys Harold Browne Apii Nikao, 10 year old Girls Sophia Forsyth Apii Nikao. 21071623.
Apii Nikao and Avarua dominated the Rarotonga Primary Schools Mini Tennis tournament held at the National Sports Arena yesterday, reports Melina Etches.
National tennis coach and coordinator Malcolm Kajer hailed
the tournament as excellent adding the kids were “very competent and they all
competed at good level”.
He was also impressed with the Apii Avarua 8-year-old
kids who won both the boys and girls champion titles.
“It turned out to be very interesting (division).”
Apii Avarua, Nikao, St Joseph’s and Takitumu
participated in the competition with two girls and two boys teams entering into
the three categories of 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds.
Kajer had spent six weeks at each of the schools training
the junior students in the ANZ and AOPP (Tennis Australia) tennis programme.
He would like to acknowledge the warm welcoming
reception from the teachers at each school and the keenness from each child to
learn more about tennis.
“I’m very happy with the running of the tournament,
thanks to Tennis Cook Islands, president
Davina Hosking-Ashford, Jackie Rongo, the umpires, parents and teachers,” said
Due to the inconsistency of the weather, the
tournament location was moved to the Sports Arena in Nikao.
Next term, four other schools will participate in the
tennis training programme and tournament.
“A big meitaki to the sponsors: AOPP (Tennis
Australia), JTI (ITF), ANZ, Tower Insurance, Prime Foods, Korero o te ‘Orau
Rongohiva and Tennis Cook Islands, for making this possible for our kids,” said
The Rarotonga Primary Schools tennis champions are:
8-year-old Boys Regan Wichman Apii Avarua, 8-year-old Girls Trina Maui Apii
Avarua, 9-year-old Boys Noah Rauraa Apii Nikao, 9 year old Girls Tera Rongo
Apii Avarua, 10 year old Boys Harold Browne Apii Nikao, 10 year old Girls
Sophia Forsyth Apii Nikao.