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Athletics team off to Oceania Championship

Saturday June 22, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Team Cook Islands departed on Thursday for the Oceania Athletics Association Championships. 19062143 Team Cook Islands departed on Thursday for the Oceania Athletics Association Championships. 19062143

A nervous excitement was in the air as eight athletes departed Rarotonga on Thursday to compete at the Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) Championships in Australia.


The competition being held in Townsville, starting on Tuesday next week, is a chance for the next generation of athletes to train and compete alongside their high-performance counterparts.

Melbourne-based Alex Beddoes and Tereapii Tapoki will also be taking part and team co-manager Thomas Henderson said it will be a great opportunity for them to share their skills and knowledge.

“For our younger athletes, having Alex and Tereapii also taking part, it will be a chance for them to see what preparation and build-up goes into an international competition,” Henderson said.

The competition will also see three new Cook Islands debutantes, Tukanamoe Marsters, Kaia Dearlove and Estelle Short all taking part in their first international competition.

The competition will include strong field’s from Australia and New Zealand and will be a good chance to see how our team measures up, said Henderson.

“For our three debutantes, they will be able to enjoy the experience of earning the right to represent their country, as well as what a step up it is to compete at this level.

“All three, alongside the rest of our junior athletes who are on the trip as well, have been putting in the work at training and will be looking to have strong performances.”

For Beddoes, Tapoki and Tikove Pira, the competition is also part of their build up towards the Pacific Games next month in Samoa.

Rarotonga-based sprinter Jordayn Matutu and Mangaia-based Elijah Polia and Albertto Arokapiti brought home medals from last year’s Oceania Athletics Championships and will be looking to continue that again this year.

Alongside the competition, Rose Akava is in Townsville to attend an OAA run technical event-manager workshop, while coach Harmon Harmon is also on the trip to attend a coaching workshop.

Team: Alex Beddoes, Tereapii Tapoki, Tikove Pira, Tukanamoe Marsters, Kaia Dearlove, Jordyan Matutu, Elijah Poila, Estelle Short, Albertto Arokapiti and Nelson Tangaroa.

 - Athletics Cook Islands

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