Umpires impressive

Photo: From left, Aitutaki teenagers Werner Tschan, Maara Tauu and Tuaivi Mose, who officiated during the table tennis competition at the mini games. 3 91001103

Going about their jobs quietly as table tennis umpires at the Pacific Mini Games has been a trio of Aitutaki teenagers.

Tuaivi Mose, Werner Tschan and Maara Tauu all passed an umpire’s exam last month and were qualified to officiate at the table tennis competition.

The tournament referee David Delpratt from Australia has been impressed with the trio and all three have been involved in some role during finals matches, either as an assistant umpire or scorer.

The president of the Aitutaki table tennis association, Tu Bishop, says as well as performing well as technical officials, the teenagers are also keen players back home.

Bishop, who acted as an assistant official manager during the tournament, hopes that their experience at the games will encourage them to further their involvement in the game. He would also like to develop and improve the standard of table tennis on Aitutaki, especially amongst the youngsters. - Cook Islands News




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