Tierney said reviving the secondary school’s athletics competition was all about increasing the participation of youth in sport.
“It is important to have the youth age group activated in sports and this event will give students the opportunity to taste a bigger competition and have fun together as a sporting community,” she said.
“Athletics is about sporting talent, but it is also about having fun and building friendships.”
Tierney said the event is to promote individual participation and performances, encouraging colleges to interact in a fun environment.
“To this end there is no final college winner,” she explained.
The Youth Athletics Championships competition programme includes track and field events for athletes aged 13 years and upwards.
For those who perform strongly, there is an eye to participation at the Polynesian Championships in November, as well as the New Zealand Secondary School Championships in December.
Also on the events team is Patricia Taea, Cook Islands Olympian, who is a keen supporter of youth athletics, as well as fellow Olympian Mark Sherwin, who has fond memories of the competition and is also a keen supporter of athletics.
Tierney said the major success factor in any athletics event are the volunteer officials.
“We can’t do it without them and really appreciate their time and energy,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter if you don’t have experience – we can provide simple instructions as well as a great lunch for all your hard work.”
So if you have some spare time on September 7 and would like to volunteer at the Youth Athletics Championships, then contact Erin Tierney on 55963.