She is the first Cook Islands Women’s Referee to officiate at an international tournament and fitness has played a major factor in her preparation. Tupou will be Cook Island’s lone representative at the event which will be held at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium and involves American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and New Zealand as hosts and favorites to win.
The teams from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga and New Zealand will be competing for a place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany this July.
“This is an exciting opportunity and experience for me to be selected to officiate at this U-20 qualifying tournament,” she said.
Tupou has left for New Zealand with the U-20 Women’s team on Sunday 17 January.
CIFA believes that this tournament will be of great exposure and development for up and coming referees such as Tupou. This is an achievement by Tupou due to her commitment to the sport of football. She has also represented the country in international tournaments as a player.