Athletics Cook Islands (ACI) president Ina Marsters said the outer islands had been personally approached regarding the championships.
“We have gone around to all the outer islands hostels while they are here for Te Maeva Nui and they are all sounding very positive and wanting to take part, which is fantastic,” Marsters said.
“I believe that the northern group are not departing until the 13th, while the southern group are due to start leaving around the 11th, so we should get a good number of athletes next Tuesday.”
Concerns have been raised regarding the event being held on a work-day, which Marsters acknowledged could mean less athletes who are based here in Rarotonga taking part.
“It is a concern to have it on Tuesday, but unfortunately that was the only way that we could include the outer islands athletes.
“We were told by most that Monday being a public holiday wouldn’t work so as we are targeting these outer island athletes we decided to work around them.”
However, two of our Cook Islands Olympic representatives are scheduled to compete, with both Patricia Taea and Tereapii Tapoki down to take part.
“Both Patricia and Tereapii have to participate in the nationals if they are to represent the Cook Islands at the Oceania Polynesian Championships in November to be held in Tahiti,” said Marsters.
“It will be a good opportunity for our locals to see these two ladies in action here in Rarotonga.”
Also being held on Tuesday will be the National Cross Country championships at Papaaroa School, which is down to start bright and early at 6.30am.
Thomas Henderson is organising the morning’s event on the back of another successful Rarotonga X Country series this year.
Anyone who is wishing to take part in the Athletics Championships is asked to contact Ina Marsters at CISNOC, while any wanting to enter the Cross Country event is asked to contact Thomas Henderson on 79244 to fill in their pre-race entry registrations.
The National Athletics action will start at 9am.