Cook Islands women’s basketball team in 2018. FIBA/21120915
Cook Islands Basketball Federation’s (CIBF) newly elected board members are set to take on the challenge of developing the sport in the country with a fresh vision moving forward.
all-female board will be led by president, Richelle Gempton, vice president Keziah
Lewis, secretary, Jessie Sword, and treasurer Tessa Vaetoru.
are extremely excited for this opportunity and raring to prove the direction
that our Federation is taking moving forward. CIBF has great foundations with
our programs and our partnership with schools and recent success in
international competitions especially in women’s basketball has shown the
potential of basketball in our country,” shared CIBF president, Richelle
and Lewis were part of the 2018 Cook Islands National team that won the FIBA
Women’s Polynesia Cup the same year.
are keen to build on the momentum we have gained over the past years, competing
in international competitions and introducing the sport to the youth with our
community programs,” Gempton shared.
of the programmes being prepared by CIBF is Mini Basketball, which has garnered
the support of FIBA’s Foundation with their proposal after joining the Mini
Basketball Online Seminars early this year.
have already started going to schools which is important to our growth, but we
are excited to launch Mini Basketball soon and establish a basketball program
for the youth is something we are very keen to start soon. We want the interest
of the kids to grow stronger while providing them education on the advantage of
being fit and healthy,” Gempton shared.
the FIBA Polynesia Cup, FIBA Youth Championships, returning next year, and the
Pacific Games in 2023, CIBF is starting to prepare for the competitions ahead.
have performed well in the previous years including our FIBA 3x3 World Cup
appearance in 2016, and we are hoping to continue the momentum. It's important
to show the youth the pathway that they can put in as their goals so we can
give them a platform to showcase their talent to the world,” Gempton said.
new CIBF board credits the previous members for the foundation laid by their
predecessors but is raring to take the game to the next level.
popularity is continuing to rise in the country and we are very excited on this
journey of making it bigger, with the right support and effort from our
officials, I am confident we are in a great position to deliver on our goals
and objectives,” Gempton ended.