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Mauke table tennis protg Christiana Fifita Tua has proved she is one of the top players in her age grade in Oceania and now she wants to take on the world’s best.

Tua was recently part of the Cook Islands table tennis squad that attended the Oceania Cadet Challenge in Auckland where she qualified to be part of Team Oceania to compete at the International Table Tennis Federation World Cadet Challenge in Guam in October.

While the 13-year-old Mauke School student is committed to representing her island, country and wider Oceania area – she needs the support of the community to get her to Guam.

On behalf of Tua and the Cook Islands Table Tennis Association president Tearoa Iorangi – Mauke resident Hugh Graham is asking local businesses to help Tua reach her dreams of representing the nation at a world table tennis event.

Tua and the table tennis association are unable to access funds through the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee due to their own financial issues and so ask family and friends to donate for her trip in October.

With some financial support from the International Table Tennis Federation and Oceania body of the sport – Tua needs to raise around $2000 of the $6300 overall cost of her trip to join her follow Oceania table tennis players in Guam.

”I am very proud of young Christiana’s achievements so far, not only as a young girl from Mauke but a young girl that will be representing our nation,“ says Graham.

Since putting out the call for support – Tua through Graham has raised $450 and still has a long way to go to raise the $2000 needed to get to Guam.

Graham would like to thank all those who have donated funds for Tua and those willing and keen to help can do so by contacting him on or call Tearoa (Tarzan) Iorangi.