The Kumete Sports Day which started on Saturday last week with the cycling event, finished on Monday with athletics at the BCI Stadium in Nikao.
Representatives from the various villages in Rarotonga as well as some young athletes from Mangaia took part in the various track-and-field events.
Defending champions Avatiu/Nikao retained their title followed by Arorangi in the second place while Tupapa/Maraerenga finished third.
Athletics Cook Islands president Ina Marsters was pleased with the turnout and hailed the younger athletes for putting up a great show.
Competitions were held from Under-9 to U14, open men’s and women’s and masters grades.
“Since this year we had unlimited entry which means anyone could have joined the competition, we were also able to get some athletes from Mangaia to compete in the Kumete Sports Day,” Marsters said.
“These athletes are being targeted for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas as well as the Oceania Championship in Fiji, the New Zealand Secondary Schools competition and the Youth Olympic Games next year.
“Their coaches have put their names in the long list which we will consider while selecting the national teams to these upcoming events.”
Marsters said events such as the Kumete Sports Day was important in developing athletics from the grassroots level.
She praised the village elders and the various sporting code representatives for their effort in encouraging people to join this year’s event.
“The turnout was impressive and we are thankful to the captains from different sports codes for bringing the people to the Kumete Sports Day.
“We saw some interesting competitions as well as a number of participants competing in an athletics event for the first time. This is encouraging for athletics in the Cook Islands.”