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Tuesday 24 May 2011 | Published in Regional

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Funds from Saturdays Island Night in Paradise Tennis Cook Islands fundraiser will go towards growing tennis in the Cook Islands.

The hugely successful island night raised $6500 for the code, which will go towards major upcoming events.

A squad of six elite junior players will represent the Cooks and compete at the Pacific Oceania Junior Championships in Fiji in August and a winning senior squad will be sent to the New Caledonia Pacific Games the same month with the aim of defending the gold medal in the womens division.

A fabulous night with awesome results and a fun time had by all, young and old, says Tennis Cook Islands president Madeilene Sword of the island night fundraiser.

The night was a success and I extend a huge thank you and meitaki ranuinui to our tennis families both past and present who turned out in full support or gave without hesitation to our cause.

I also extend thanks to our manuiri (visitors) on our shores who chose to experience an island night with a difference youve told me you werent disappointed!

Products gifted by Air Rarotonga and Telecom Cook Islands were also auctioned off and raised $900 for tennis development.

We thank Avarua Bakery for the yummy bread rolls that were gone in a flash. We are grateful and humbled by your generosity. Thank you for your support.

If anyone is interested in assisting with the junior tennis development programme, dont hesitate to contact a member of Tennis Cook Islands.

For keen tennis players, the National Tennis Centre in Nikao is open and active and the association looks forward to welcoming old and new players.

A veterans tennis tournament for players 35 and over has been planned for June 6 to11 with Business House Tennis starting on Wednesday, June 13.