Athletics making steady progress

Wednesday February 12, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
Athletics Cook Islands executives with Yvonne Mullins, the executive director of Oceania Athletics Association. 20021126 Athletics Cook Islands executives with Yvonne Mullins, the executive director of Oceania Athletics Association. 20021126

Athletics Cook Islands has made relevant changes to its governance structure in a bid to iron out issues raised by the regional body a year ago.

 

The national body has also presented a “clean audited report” at its annual general meeting last week. The AGM was attended by Yvonne Mullins, the executive director of Oceania Athletics Association.

Mullins was pleased with the progress Athletics Cook Islands had made on the areas pointed out by the Oceania Athletics in 2018. They included governance issues as well as constitutional change and financial transparency.

“The last time when I was here, there were some administration issues that needed to be dealt with. There was an AGM held which led to a change in the executives where Erin (Quirke) became the president and Ruth (Mave) was appointed the general secretary,” Mullins said.

“Over 12 months they have continued working on the governance issues that were raised and the association asked us to come back this year.

“At their AGM (last week), they were able to report and table a clean audited statement which is really good news especially after reporting an adverse audit last year.

“I think they (the new administration) have moved athletics forward here in the Cook Islands, it was probably stagnating in the last two years. Now there is a real presence of athletics in the outer islands and here in Rarotonga.”

Mullins said they monitor their member federations to ensure they have a good governance structure in place to allow athletes opportunities to develop and to see the funding from the regional and international bodies is being used effectively.

“We do spot checks of member federations from time to time and in the Cook Islands we found things weren’t going well and that’s why we followed up with the progress in 2020 and the result is pleasing.”
The annual general meeting on Wednesday also saw the election of office bearers.

Thomas Henderson and Ruth Mave were re-elected vice-president and secretary, respectively. Erin Quirke remains the president.

Rarotonga-based accountant Simone Fe’ao has been elected the treasurer while Michael Talosa and Boaz Raela join Harmon Harmon, Teaea Parima, Rachel Metuangaro and Jaimie Keay in the executive committee.

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