Taiki Paniani and Aidan Zittersteijn, who won the country’s first medals at the Commonwealth Games, arrived back home yesterday along with 10 other members of Team Cook Islands.
They were welcomed by Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters and his wife Tuaine at the airport before escorted through town to the Rarotonga Bowling Club for the official welcoming ceremony.
At the welcoming ceremony, Paniani shared stories about the two young bowlers during their Commonwealth Games campaign.
He said the two had opened the key to the sport’s future success at such games.
Finance minister Mark Brown said the whole nation was proud of the historic win from the national bowling pairs team.
He also paid tribute to the other athletes who represented the country in bowls, athletics, swimming and weightlifting.
Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee president Hugh Graham thanked everyone for their support in the lead up to and during the Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.