Thanks to an invitation from the Australia Defence Force, the Cook Islands Police Service has the opportunity to participate in a regional rugby sevens tournament in Canberra – the inaugural 2018 Pacific Military Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament (PACMIL Sevens), October 9-13.
Invitations have been extended to a number of Pacific nations by the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell and local officers are keen to take up the challenge.
“The event is a chance to strengthen the ties and cooperation across the Pacific through a series of training and community engagements, which will culminate in a one-day tournament,” said police spokesman Trevor Pitt.
“Apart from putting in the hard yards with trainer Pare Rongokea, the team members are also fund-raising to help pay for a playing uniform. Most of the travel costs for the team, including traveling tracksuit, are being sponsored by the ADF.”
The women started their fund-raising efforts on Friday by selling plates of food. Early on Saturday morning they were stationed in town across from the Police National Headquarters, washing cars for extra money.
“So far, the keenness is holding as the event is proving to be a strong motivational force to get fitter and faster around the paddock – as well as build up team spirit within the ranks,” said Pitt.