Community backs athletics team

Monday November 19, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Members of the Junior Athletics team running from Arorongi to Punanga Nui market on Saturday morning raising funds to assist getting the runners and throwers to the New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Championships in Dunedin on November 30. 18111803 Members of the Junior Athletics team running from Arorongi to Punanga Nui market on Saturday morning raising funds to assist getting the runners and throwers to the New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Championships in Dunedin on November 30. 18111803

A team of eight junior athletes travelling to Dunedin this week to strap on their running shoes and sprint or throw against the best competitors in New Zealand was given a massive boost to the spring in their step thanks to the local Rarotonga community on Saturday.

Needing an additional $2,000 to make the trip happen the junior athletics team completed a light 5km “lapathon” run around from Edgewater to Punanga Nui market collecting donations from cars, motorbike drivers, pedestrians, and market visitors and vendors along the way.

Travelling coach and manager Thomas Henderson said, “It was an awesome and well received effort. And our parents have told me their efforts among the community managed to get a wicked total of just under $1900.00 to support our junior athletics squad.

“Only in Rarotonga could you get amongst the traffic for support without the road rage. Even loved the fact that visitors to our shores got amongst the action.

“So now there’s a bit of pressure off families to cover athlete contributions and set their kids’ minds at ease to focus on their remaining week in Rarotonga training before departing for Dunedin on Sunday.”

The team is gearing up to compete in multiple events in sprints and throws in the New Zealand Secondary School Athletics Championships.

Tamira Metuangaro will be throwing in discus and hammer and says, “It’s great to be going as it’s my first time, having just moved here from Perth Australia, and I think it will be a good experience for me.”

Tikove Piira says he feels nervous about the trip to New Zealand but is hoping to take home a medal in the 100 and 200m events. 

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