Team Cook Islands competed at three international events, finishing off on a high at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.
The national side won four gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the mini games which was held this month.
The other international events in which Team Cook Islands competed this year were the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas and the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan.
Graham said while 2017 proved a challenging year, they were satisfied with the achievements of their athletes.
“I think it’s been a good year in terms of competitions and the achievements. We competed in more international competitions and noted that these competitions always help our athlete improve on their competitive level.
“This year it was a bit hard on CISNOC as we had Commonwealth Youth Games, Asian Indoor Games, our national games, the Manea Games, and then the Pacific Mini Games to attend.”
Graham said the achievement of the national athletes at the Pacific Mini Games was a fitting end to the year for CISNOC.
Cook Islands’ four gold medals at the mini games came from Alex Beddoes (men’s 800m), Tereapii Tapoki (women’s discus), Patricia Taea (women’s 200m) and the women’s 3x3 basketball.
Weightlifter Luisa Peters earned two silver medals for the country, Taea in 100m sprint and Rotana Howard in women’s golf.
The bronze medals came from weightlifter Philippa Woonton (three) and Tapoki in women’s shot put.
“The Pacific Mini Games and the Pacific Games are always considered the Olympics for the region and to achieve four gold medals is great for a small nation like ours,” Graham said.
“I think our achievement at the mini games showed our status within the Pacific. For a small team (of 22) from a small nation, we were up there with the top nations from the region, winning medals and setting national records.
“It’s been a busy and trying year for CISNOC, but we thank the national federations, the athletes, government, our major sponsors and most importantly the people of the Cook Islands for their support and messages to our athletes during these games.
“Their support boosted the morale of our athletes and helped them achieve their best at the international events.”
CISNOC is eyeing another busy year in 2018 with the focus on the Commonwealth Games in April and the Youth Olympic Games later next year.
Graham said work to get athletes qualified for the Commonwealth Games, to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia, will resume early next year.