Kumete Sports Day a success

Thursday June 06, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
From left, Lui Nicholas, Danny Raina, Clive Nicholas and Tai Blake in the masters walk race. 19060515 From left, Lui Nicholas, Danny Raina, Clive Nicholas and Tai Blake in the masters walk race. 19060515

The annual Kumete Sports Day was held at the National Stadium on Monday.

 Despite the wet conditions about 450 participants competed in various age groups.

Kumete has in the past been a vaka competition and Puaikura has more often than not won it.  This year the organisers Athletics Cook Islands (ACI) made it an inter-village competition in a bid to spread the results out.

Arorangi claimed the Kumete Sports Day in a close battle with arch-rivals Avatiu. Avatiu settled for second place followed by Ngatangiia-Matavera on third. Tupapa and Titikaveka were the other villages that took part in the annual event.

The family event centred on fun and participation, as well as serious competition saw participants from 10 years to 60 plus competing.

There were also talent scouts on the ground looking for athletes of all ages to join the sport and work towards being national and international representatives.

The Kumete Sports Day provided a platform for national team members preparing for the Oceania Games this month and Pacific Games in July, a platform to gauge their performance.

“They were boosted by the crowd and competitive spirit that led to some of them setting personal bests in their event times which was very pleasing for coaches and selectors who were present,” said Athletics Cook Islands secretary Ruth Mave.

Kumete Day also included a new event, race walking, which brought a lot of laughter and participation especially in the masters (mamas) category.

Athletes who have participated as competitors and/or officials in the past helped in the running of the Kumete Sports Day.

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