The annual event will be hosting over 10, 000 athletes from all over New Zealand and the Pacific from over 300 schools
The Cook Island team are from Nukutere College: Daniel Akavi, Tereapii Akavi, Cramon Hewett, Emanuela Mataio, Elijah Gukisuva, Tehani Matapo, Chiann Naslund, Fritzjordan Peraua, & Renee Peraua. Apii Avarua: Setephano Vakatini, Rima Kareroa & Mareta Marsters. Apii Nikao: Loureina Kureta. Papaaroa School: Mary Mare, Jonah Mare & Samson Harry. Palmerston Lucky School: Ray Charles Marsters. Coaches: John Taulu & Ahkim Tikaroa. Team Manager: Thomas Ngauru
This huge and exciting sporting event, run over six days and gives Year 7 and 8 students (11, 12 and 13-year olds) an opportunity to compete against the best of their age in New Zealand and invited countries.
The aim of the event is to provide opportunities for students in the middle years to not only be active, enjoy competition and celebrate fair play but also to compete at an elite level for their age group.
The event is renowned for providing the high standard competition, challenges and friendship that develops young sports people.
The Cook Islands Badminton Association have been attending the event every year since 2016 and is a permanent fixture on their Junior Development Calendar.
The first team selection was made during the Annual Primary School Tournament and Junior National Championships in November last year with the team training since February and are eager to put their skills to the test against their overseas opponents.
The five-day Badminton competition will be held at the Queen Elizabeth II Youth Centre on where each player will compete in singles and doubles in a round robin format before advancing to the knock-out competition where the eventually medal winners are decided.
Bank South Pacific have been sponsoring the AIMS Teams tracksuits every year and this week presented the team with their outfits which also included BSP caps and water bottles.
Thanks to BSP the team are well equipped and not only perform at their best but are looking their best.
Cook Islands Badminton would like to thank all those who have supported the team and their fundraising efforts including a special thank you to their sponsors Prime Foods, Bank South Pacific and Mareko’s.
They would also like to say thank you to Yvonne and her team at Vonnia’s for the generous sponsorship of the teams traveling tops and for encouraging junior development in the community.