Athletics holds national trials

Thursday February 25, 2016 Written by Published in Other Sports
Tereapii Tapoki, left, will be eyeing the Polynesian Athletics Championship to meet her standards to the Olympic Games. She is pictured with other athletes at last year’s Pacific Games. 16022419 Tereapii Tapoki, left, will be eyeing the Polynesian Athletics Championship to meet her standards to the Olympic Games. She is pictured with other athletes at last year’s Pacific Games. 16022419

Athletics Cook Islands (ACI) is holding national team trials on Monday next week for the upcoming Polynesian Athletics Championship.

 

The championship, to be held on April 8 and 9 in Tahiti, will be contested by six athletes from this country.

The trials will be held from 5pm at the BCI Stadium and are open to athletes from all age groups.

ACI treasurer Melanie Wilson said they were looking forward to sending a team of the best track and field athletes to the Polynesian Athletics Championship.

They would participate in the under-18 and open grade, she said.

“There is a certain criteria that we have set which the athletes will need to surpass to get in contention for making the team.

“We want to take a team of the best athletes from Cook Islands to ensure a good performance at the championship.”

The Polynesian Athletics Championship will also serve as the final qualifiers for athletes in the region aiming to make the 2016 Olympic Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.

Cook Islands’ Pacific Games shot put and discus medalist Tereapii Tapoki is one of them and will be hoping to hit the Olympics mark in the championship.

“We are expecting an exciting competition in this upcoming championship.”

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