Once again Aitutaki was in on the medals table, winning for best female athlete in the 3km run.
Mitiaro also claimed gold for the best overall male in the 6km event.
Yesterday was also the beginning of the track and field events, that featured strong performances from Aitutaki, Atiu and Mangaia.
Not only do the track and field events matter in the short term, but Athletics Cook Islands president Ina Marsters said the participating athletes were also being scouted for the upcoming New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships.
“So we’re hosting the National Championships for athletics; anyone who gets a Manea Games medal will also get an athletics medal,” said Marsters.
“And so those who do especially well will be in the running for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships in December.
“We’ve got selector Teata Parima from Mangaia here, he’s evaluating the athletes, as is Billy Costa from Rarotonga.
“So far they are very impressed with the raw, athletic talent on show.”
Marsters said the Rarotongan-based athletes would also get a chance to throw their hats into the ring for the New Zealand competition later this month.
“On October 26, we will be hosting an event at the National Stadium at 1pm, so that the athletes not at the games can show they deserve to go.”
Around 12 athletes will travel to Tauranga to compete in the competition.
Monday also featured the Para Games, with Aitutaki once again coming on top through Tupuariki Puna, who won gold for the shot put.
Moses Taokia of Mangaia and Tangata Turangatira of Mitiaro came second and third respectively.
Singles: U16 Girls - Gold - Ngamata Ingatu, Mauke, Silver - Jakana Tare, Aitutaki, Bronze - Deana Ngametua, Mangaia. U16 Boys – Gold - James Kauvai, Aitutaki, Silver – Kotimoa Vailoa, Mitiaro, Bronze - Lingi Tairi, Atiu. Open Women – Gold - Angela Whyte, Mangaia, Silver - Maine Tekopua, Aitutaki, Bronze - Maria Kau, Mitiaro. Open Men - Gold - Manolito Tekopua, Aitutaki, Silver - Terepai Ruatoe, Mangaia, Bronze - Mataiapo Teuira, Mitiaro. Day two, Doubles event: U16 Girls – Gold - Ngamata Ingatu and Marenga Tua, Mauke, Silver - Jakana Tare and Tekura Tare, Aitutaki, Bronze - Ngametua Taringa and Noema Tuavai, Mitiaro. U16 Boys – Gold - James Kauvai and Apiianga Tare, Aitutaki, Silver - Kotimoa Vailoa and Rickan Iro, Mitiaro, Bronze - Ezakiela Patukura and Nathan Aberahama, Atiu. Open Women – Gold - Maria Tare and Maine Tekopua, Aitutaki, Silver – Christine Matakere and Memory Tereora, Mitiaro, Bronze - Metuavaine Atariki and Peta Aueovai, Mangaia. Open Men – Gold - Leo Davey Roa and Manolito Tekopua, Aitutaki, Silver - Kura Tararo and Metua Rouru, Mauke, Bronze - Joshua Jim and Maire George, Atiu