Students from Tereora College, Nukutere, Titikaveka and Imanuela Akatemia, as well as those from from Mauke, Aitutaki, Mitiaro, Mangaia and Atiu all took to either the track or field to compete.
The Youth Athletics Championship is a new programme, led by former Olympian Erin Tierney, 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 put in 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.
Throughout the day officials post results and identify top performances both on and off the field.
The ‘Ake Hosea Good Sportsmanship Award’ honours the memory of passionate athletics coach the late Ake Hosea, and it will be awarded to an athlete who displays the qualities of fair play, respect for opponents, polite behaviour, and graciousness in winning or losing.
The award is a fitting tribute to Hosea’s lifelong dedication to development of youth in sport and her beloved athletics.
Event organisers would like to thank their extended family of sponsors for all of their support for the competition, including Kaylene Morehu, Air Rarotonga, Vonnia’s, Tile Centre, Prime Foods, Mareko’s Store, Koka Tours, KiteSUP, BlueSky, Bank of the Cook Islands, the Ministry of Culture, CIIC and CISNOC.
A full list of results and more action from the day’s competition will follow next week.