Exciting sports awards ahead

Saturday April 27, 2019 Written by Published in Sports

The stage is set for the Cook Islands National Sports Awards that will be held tomorrow night at the Edgewater Resort and Spa.


A total of 15 awards will be up for grab as well as a new Hall of Fame inductee.

However it’s the 2018 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards that will be the highlight of the night.

In the Sportswoman of the Year Award, swimmer Kirsten Fisher-Marsters, basketballer Keziah Lewis and golfer Rotana Howard have been nominated.

Fisher-Marsters had an amazing 2018 in which she represented the Cook Islands at the Commonwealth Games and achieved her personal best times and set new national records.

She attended World Cups - which were three back-to-back competitions in three countries – China, Japan and Singapore.

In the Oceania event in Papua New Guinea, she walked away with two gold and a silver medal.

Lewis was a member of the gold-medal winning 3-on-3 basketball team. In 2018 she followed this up by leading the Cook Islands 5-on-5 women’s basketball to success at the Polynesian Cup.

She was signed by CUS Cagliari to play in the European Women’s Basketball league. At the season end, she signed with her current club Newcastle Eagles in the English Women’s Basketball League.

Howard is the country’s leading female golfer.

Last year she was selected as one of only two Pacific island women to be invited to the first ever Women’s Asia Pacific Amateur Championship tournament in Singapore.

Howard won a number of local golf tournaments and was the team captain for Bay Of Plenty ladies golf team in New Zealand Interprovincial National Golf tournament.

The 2018 Sportsman of the Year nominations is led by bowlers Aidan Zittesteijn and Taiki Paniani, who won Cook Islands’ first ever medal at the Commonwealth Games in the pairs event. They were nominated separately.

The other nominations include athlete Alex Beddoes, swimmer Wesley Roberts and golfer William Howard.

Beddoes was placed fourth in the 800m at New Zealand National Championships and set a national record at the Commonwealth Games last year.

He then competed in Dublin at the prestigious Morton Games and Manchester British Miler Club series where he improved on his 800m national record.

Roberts took part in a number of regional and international events. In the 2018 Oceania Championships, he managed a gold medal in 400m freestyle, silver in 200m freestyle and bronze medal in 1500m freestyle.

Howard, who is the top male golfer, set the current Rarotonga golf course record of 58 gross, 12 under the card last year.

Meanwhile last year’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year recipients Brett Baudinet and Patricia Taea, respectively, will be the guest speakers at the event.

The sports awards will start at 6pm. Tickets to the event which includes buffet dinner is $60 per person.

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