Students showcase their talent at the sixth Annual College Tournament

Secondary schools students from around Rarotonga came together to battle it out in the sixth Annual College Badminton Tournament on Friday 10 June at the National Sports Arena.

The excellent initiative developed by Badminton Cook Islands enjoyed its sixth year in 2021, making a prominent revival following last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Festivities begin five weeks out from the tournament, with a Shuttle Time tour of Rarotonga where qualified instructors lead sessions for students aged between 10-12 (junior) and 13-15 (senior).

Throughout the five weeks, students learn the fundamental rules of the game, before practicing techniques to play a competitive match.

Culminating with the day-long tournament, students are given the chance to showcase their skills with opportunities to be identified for junior national team competitions. Two months ago, a junior team flew to New Zealand to compete and train in domestic competitions and the association is looking to do something similar with a larger group in September 2021.

Badminton Cook Islands president Thomas Ngauru said that it was a brilliant day in which he hoped everybody had fun.

It is very busy times for us here. The badminton competition (yesterday) has been a big part of our development for our kids as some of them continue to prepare and upskill themselves for the competitions in New Zealand. There was a lot of really great talent spotted which was great,” Ngauru said.

Following the substantial increase in awareness surrounding the tournament, the association were able to onboard The Edgewater Resort and Spa as trophy sponsors and Vodafone to provide data vouchers for ‘outstanding players’.

Apii Avarua and Nukutere College were the two schools to watch, having swept the awards table. Apii Avarua took the overall junior champions title and Nukutere taking the senior championship title.

Full results
Junior Division Results (Years 7 and 8)Senior Division Results (Years 9 and 10)
Boys Singles – WinnerKaiyin Mataio – Nukutere CollegeEmanuela Mataio – Nukutere College
Boys Singles –  Runner UpTahitoa Webb – Apii AvaruaZarrian Heather-Rau – Nukutere College
Girls Singles – WinnerVaitea Crocombe-Ama – Apii AvaruaTereapii Akavi – Nukutere College
Girls Singles –  Runner UpTara Aperau – Nukutere CollegeLoureina Kureta – Tereora College
Boys Doubles – WinnerApenisa Bogitini & Jade Cowan – Nukutere CollegeJordan Peraua & Jeremiah Enetama – Nukutere College
Boys Doubles – Runner UpDavis Tetauru & Aporo Williams – Apii AvaruaCharlie Ngatoko & Mark Queddrick – Nukutere College
Girls Doubles – WinnerCasonya Bates & Lafala Va’ai – Apii AvaruaTehani Matapo & Taira Tangaroa – Nukutere College
Girls Doubles – Runner UpLeah Schuster & Anilia Heather-Marsters – Apii AvaruaChiann Naslund & Katee Wearing – Tereora College
Mixed Doubles – WinnerTilati Ataela & Maretu Goodwin – Apii Avarua Setephano Vakatini & Mahana Sijp – Nukutere College
Mixed Doubles – Runner UpTunui Tangaroa & Raetea Rongo – Apii AvaruaMaevarangi Kirikava & Paula Manlangit – Nukutere College

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