Team Cook Islands represented Counties Manukau Badminton Association at 2023 New Zealand Junior Team Championships. BADMINTON COOK ISLANDS / 23071213
The Badminton Cook Islands team that represented Counties Manukau Badminton at the New Zealand 2023 Junior Team Championship have all returned home with their medals.
Te Pa Tupa, Zarrian Heather Rau, Tereapii Akavi and
Kaiyin Mataio returned to Rarotonga with their bronze medals after competing in
the U17 Division.
And silver medals were awarded to Edon Teraitua in the
U15 Division One and Gold for Lana Aperau-Toa in the U15 Division Two.
Badminton Cook Islands president Thomas Ngauru said
they are absolutely thrilled with the players results.
Ngauru said: “It was an overwhelming experience for our
players, not just the high level of play but the large number of players and
the gigantic playing venue.
“The great thing about playing for Counties Manukau is
they got the opportunity to play with some great players and top juniors
like Lezhi Zhu, Tristan Apalisok and Darren Wee as well as against New
Zealand's top juniors.”
He said it was a great environment for Cook Island based
players to learn and prepare for upcoming competitions like World
Junior Champs in September in USA and New Zealand Junior Nationals in
They thanked Counties Manukau Club for the
opportunity including Robbe Thackham of Badminton Oceania and everyone who
supported the team especially CITC Supermarket for the Saturday Sausage