Athletes start Pacific Games promotion

Friday June 21, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Julz Westrupp (touch) and Keziah Lewis (basketball) with the students of St Joseph School this week. 19062020 Julz Westrupp (touch) and Keziah Lewis (basketball) with the students of St Joseph School this week. 19062020

Team Cook Islands has started their Pacific Games 2019 campaign, visiting primary schools in Rarotonga in a bid to promote their participation.


The country will be represented in 15 codes at the games to be held from July 7 to 20 in Apia, Samoa.

They are athletics, basketball, football, golf, lawn bowls, netball, rugby sevens, rugby league nines, sailing, swimming, tennis, touch rugby, va’a, volleyball, and weightlifting.

Members from these codes were this week visiting schools, sharing their success stories in their sports.

The Cook Islands touch team was at the St Joseph’s School and conducted a clinic with the lower primary school students.

Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said they ran basic drills as physical activity for children who were eager to participate.

“This is part of the Team Cook Islands promotion for the Pacific Games. The programme at St Joseph’s went very well,” Brown said.

“Julz Westrupp (touch) and Keziah Lewis (basketball) spoke to the children about their journey as athletes, how they train and set their goals.”

Team Cook Islands is sending its biggest team to the regional games held every four years.

More than 200 athletes are expected to be part of Team Cook Islands which will be led by chef de mission John Paul Wilson.

At the team announcement in April, Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee president Hugh Graham acknowledged the government for providing $200,000 to help with the games’ budget.

This is in addition to the $300,000 the government had appropriated in the 2018/19 Budget, Graham said.

“I wish to convey all our athletes representing the Cook Islands to continue to be humble and continue to raise the flag of the Cook Islands and to perform at their best,” Graham earlier said.

“Those who have the potential for medals for the Cook Islands, that’s a bonus. First and foremost, be humble and be proud to represent such a small nation as ours and to come back with the goods in terms of medals to prove and show our people and the government that their investments and confidence through the national federations have been a good one.”

CISNOC general secretary Owen Lewis said they have a strong team heading to this year’s regional meet.

“We have the biggest team we have ever sent to any Pacific Games or any games at all and this is really a new experience for the country. We know that the athletes have prepared well and we are looking forward to many successes,” Lewis said.

About 3500 athletes from 24 countries are expected to attend this year’s games.

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