The inaugural Cook Islands Beach Games has been hailed a success and organisers are already looking at making the event a bigger and better in the years to come.
The Beach Games which saw competitions in four sports – Touch rugby, handball, 3x3 basketball and volleyball – concluded on Saturday at the National Beach Courts in Nikao.
At the official closing ceremony, organisers Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee indicated making the games an annual event and to accommodate more teams, potentially from overseas.
Committee general secretary Owen Lewis earlier said they wanted to make this year’s games an international event but left it a little too late in its promotion.
However he said they were planning to invite international teams to take part in the coming years.
“It’s been a great week of sport and entertainment,” Lewis said.
The Beach Games kicked off with the Touch rugby competition. After two days of battle, Notchya finished on top followed by RBDC in second place and KAPS on third.
The 3x3 basketball which recorded the highest entry (16 teams) was played over three days. In the men’s division, Drifters and New Skool were tied on top while Charlie’s finished third. N/A won the women’s 3x3 basketball followed by Jackpots and Triple B’s, who finished second and third, respectively.
The beach handball title went to Tai Tokerau. Tai Tonga finished second while Rarotonga third.
The 2020 Beach Games ended with an intense and exciting competition in volleyball. The top prize eventually went to A1 Meitaki Gold.
At the closing ceremony on Saturday medals and prize money were awarded to the winning teams. The teams also delivered cultural items bringing the games to a colourful and lively close.
Meanwhile the prestigious International Volleyball Federation World Beach Volleyball Tour tournament will be held next at the Beach Courts.
The tournament which starts tomorrow will have teams from Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Tuvalu and USA.
Cook Islands is one of just 16 countries hosting one-star World Beach Volleyball Tour events this year.
Beach Volleyball: Gold – A1 Meitaki Gold, Silver – Team 682, Bronze – The Coconutz. Beach Handball: Gold – Tai Tokerau, Silver – Tai Tonga, Bronze – Rarotonga. 3x3 Basketball: Men’s: Gold – Drifters & New Skool (Tied), Bronze – Charlie’s, Women’s: Gold – N/A, Silver – Jackpots, Bronze – Triple B’s. Beach Touch: Winner: Notchya, Second Place: RBDC, Third Place: KAPS