Mamas feel the Covid-19 fear and fly anyway

Saturday March 14, 2020 Written by Published in Health
Golden Oldies netball mamas Kathy Koteka, Mii Hosking, Vai Henry, Tereau Simmons and Elizabeth Hosking-Kairua at Rarotonga Airport. 20031337. Golden Oldies netball mamas Kathy Koteka, Mii Hosking, Vai Henry, Tereau Simmons and Elizabeth Hosking-Kairua at Rarotonga Airport. 20031337.

Rather than feel fearful about what could happen with the global spread of Covid-19 coronavirus, a group of 60 netball-mad mamas from Rarotonga decided to have faith head off to the Golden Oldies Netball Festival in Hawaii yesterday.

 

Coronavirus, though, is no respecter or age or good faith.

Last night the Governor of Hawaii dashed their plans, announcing the tournament’s postponement, perhaps indefinitely.

“We make this announcement so teams yet to embark for Hawaii can decide whether they are inclined to still make the journey,” Festival manager Nikki Cameron said.

“We will meet team leaders who are here tomorrow morning and discuss ways to deliver a great week in Hawaii with an altered schedule and apologise for any inconvenience due to the late announcement.”

After months of planning, practising and fundraising tens of thousands of dollars, the Rarotonga ladies held a meeting last weekend to make a decision on whether to cancel their trip due to the outbreak of the global pandemic.

But Mii Hosking said the consensus among all of the mamas was that they would go ahead and participate in the tournament.

Five teams from Rarotonga, Takuvaine Golden Girls, Vaine Auro, Avatiu Golden Girls, Titikaveka Virgin Blue and the Kirlz Ma would have competed against teams from four different countries including New Zealand and Australia.  

3 comments

  • Comment Link Judith hawker Sunday, 22 March 2020 02:24 posted by Judith hawker

    So you all went hoping for a week full off fun we started but getting to Sydney and seeing on fb page it was going to be postponed or cancelled when decided to head home. Now what will the golden oldies management do with this crisis. That may have got a few million hosting this but did it cost them that in the end. Do we need to protest. Up to you guys because I think we might

  • Comment Link Judith hawker Sunday, 22 March 2020 02:24 posted by Judith hawker

    So you all went hoping for a week full off fun we started but getting to Sydney and seeing on fb page it was going to be postponed or cancelled when decided to head home. Now what will the golden oldies management do with this crisis. That may have got a few million hosting this but did it cost them that in the end. Do we need to protest. Up to you guys because I think we might

  • Comment Link Mary Terekia Ariihee Saturday, 14 March 2020 12:22 posted by Mary Terekia Ariihee

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