Starting at the National Stadium this morning, some of the country’s best and brightest up-and-coming youth athletes will take part in a full day of competition both on the track and in the field.
Event director Erin Tierney said she is full of excitement for a full day of competition.
“I know that tomorrow I will no doubt be so distracted by wanting to watch all of our great youth athletes in action that it will be hard to tear me away from the sidelines,” said Tierney. “It is really exciting having a good number of athletes here from the outer islands and I know they are all excited about showing their power and speed during the day’s competition.”
Tierney said she is full of praise for her group of officials and coaches, who were a driving force behind getting the event up and running.
“Anau Manarangi has been the starter for athletics events for the last 40 years, and it’s people like this that have a passion over a lifetime that are the reason we have wonderful competition days like this,” said Tierney.
“I am extremely grateful to the youth coaches on the island, Ruth (Tangiau Maeve), Patty Taea, Harmon (Harmon) and Thomas Henderson, for not only giving up their time to get some of our athletes ready for today but also for giving up their work time to come and help things today as well.”
Students from schools in Atiu, Mangaia, Aitutaki, Mauke and Mitiaro will be also be competing in the championship against some of Rarotonga’s best secondary school athletes, in a competition that will no doubt make for a fun and exciting day.
The Youth Athletics Championship is a new programme which identifies and helps students who would like to learn more and develop further in the sport of athletics.
The day’s first track event will be the 800m, followed by the 100m at 9am, while the first field events, the shot put and discus, will start at 8.30am.