Athletes announced for Polynesian Champs

Thursday October 04, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports

The next generation of young Cook Islands athletes has been announced to compete at the upcoming Polynesian Championships.


The athletics event is to be held in Tahiti in November, with junior athletes, Jordayn Matutu, Elijah Poila, Christian Tangimataiti and Vaevaemaki Pareina being selected to join two-time Olympic sprinter Patricia Taea.

Athletics Cook Island executive committee member Ruth Tangiau Mave was joined by coaches Harmon Harmon and Thomas Henderson to finalise their selections for the competition.

“We are pleased with the younger athletes that have all met the qualification times and distances that were given to us by Oceania Athletics for their events and what is even more pleasing is that we are able to send three athletes from Mangaia who have all worked really hard in qualifying.

“Being able to represent their country for these younger athletes will be very special for them and we congratulate them on being selected but also know we will be supporting them from afar and wish them all the best.”

Former national triathlete and current Track and Field club coach Thomas Henderson will be travelling with the group as their coach/manager.

“I will be there to guide the younger athletes while we are away as well as utilising the experience and knowledge that Patty brings from her time on the international circuit.

“Patty has proven to be a great asset and mentor to the athletics community. She continues to help our younger athletes and a lot of the time she will help coach some of our juniors in the mid-afternoon, before doing her own personal training straight afterwards.”

The group is due to depart for Tahiti on 17 November.

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