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Ladies start a racquet

Thursday 3 September 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Other Sports

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Ladies start a racquet
Liana Eggleton (left) and Lovelyn Gatchalien tried out the ladies badminton sessions for the first time yesterday. 20090211. Or 20090212.

‘Free time’ due to Covid-19 leads to increased interest in badminton.

Badminton Cook Islands has begun ladies sessions to meet the interest in the sport that has increased because of Covid-19.

People now have more free time and want to lead a healthier fitter lifestyle and have the option to do so, says President Thomas Ngauru.

The badminton classes are targeted at mothers who want to give the sport a go and don’t have time in the late afternoons, “we have structured the times from 10am to 1pm every Wednesday to make the times more suitable for them.” said Ngauru.

Many of the women who have taken on this opportunity are beginners.

“It’s good to see them enjoy it, men who would like to exercise are also welcome to join on,” Ngauru said.

“People have the perception that badminton is quite a lofty game and soft, but no, you’ve got to do the work.

“It is a low impact sport, but a lot of fun and competitive.”

Ngauru acknowledges that there are a lot of people out there who are struggling because of Covid, “we want people to come and have a chat so they don’t feel so alone, to talk about it and share what you’re going through.”

“It’s not just about badminton, it’s about creating opportunities for others,” he said.

Liana Eggleton and Lovelyn Gatchalien participated in the sport for the first time yesterday at the St Joseph’s Catholic Community Hall.

“It’s fun, there’s obviously technique that you have to learn and that will come with time, but it’s really cool. There’s so much energy and so much force you have to use to hit the ball,” said Eggleton.

“It’s great, it’s not too aggressive and the sport is easier on the body.”

Training classes for the Cook Islands Games in October have also started.

Eleven islands have registered and each team has eight or more (reserves) per team.

For a gratitude fee of $2, join the badminton classes every Wednesday, have a cuppa, snacks and a yarn and have some fun.