Schools from Atiu, Mangaia, Aitutaki, Mauke and Mitiaro have been preparing their students for the big event, with athletes from the Southern Group arriving next week, courtesy of Air Rarotonga.
Meanwhile, Tereora College students took part in their annual anau athletics day last week in a celebration of friendship, sport, and a touch of competitiveness thrown into the mix.
Tereora staff were led by head of physical education Adrian Hopwood, with the competition running smoothly thanks to the officials.
The top students from Tereora will be keen to showcase their talent on another level among their fellow peers at the Youth Athletics Championship.
Immanuel Akatemia’s Pita Boloatoga is looking forward to bringing the school’s senior squad of sprinters, distance runners and throwers to show their skills alongside their counterparts from the remaining schools here in Rarotonga: Nukutere, Titikaveka, Papaaroa and Tereora.
The Youth Athletics Championship is a new programme which identifies and helps students who would like to learn more and develop further in the sport of athletics.
Opportunities to train with certified coaches and compete on a regional level are there for those young athletes who are willing to dedicate the required time and effort.
The aim of the championships is to increase the pool of youth athletes who participate for both competitive and social reasons.
Event organisers wish to welcome and thank their newest sponsors, Bluesky, Koka Lagoon Cruises and KiteSUP, who join Vonnia’s, Air Rarotonga, Tina Numanga from the Tile Centre, Mareko’s, CITC, Ministry of Cultural Development, Prime Foods and the Bank of the Cook Islands.
Ahead of next week’s event, officials and coaches are asked to attend a meeting today at the National Stadium at 5pm.
Those wanting more information are asked to contact Erin Tierney 55963 or Patty Taea 50174.