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Tuesday 7 February 2012 | Published in Regional


Due to the successful re-introduction of badminton on Friday night, another night of fun badminton has been organised for tonight at the Princess Anne Hall at Tereora College starting at 6pm.

More than 60 people turned out to the Princess Anne Hall over the course of Friday night to give badminton a go.

Judging by the pools of sweat running down their faces and the roars of laughter, it was a fantastic and successful re-introduction of the sport back into the local community.

It was an action packed evening with four badminton courts set up inside the hall following a rotation system to give everyone a go.

The reason behind the ‘have a go night’ on Friday and tonight’s second night of badminton is to identify those interested and begin discussions on how to get badminton up and running again.

If there is interest, those who take up the responsibility of running the sport can begin the registration process of the sport, including drawing up a constitution, selection of volunteers and office bearers.

Hugh Graham, who bought badminton equipment while in China recently in order to revive the sport in the islands, says that discussions have already been held with a couple of clubs in Auckland as well as Oceania Badminton who are eager to come on badminton holidays.

Graham adds that an invitation has already been extended to the Cook Islands to send teams to the 2012 Li Ling June Bevan Carnival in April, hosted by the Southern Tasmanian Badminton Association.

The event is also the Australasian Under 17 Championships.

Grab your indoor court shoes and head to the Princess Anne Hall tonight for a fun evening of badminton that promises to get the body moving and laughter going.