Suited up and ready to compete

Monday July 01, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Team Cook Islands members model the new uniform at a blessing ceremony on Friday night. 19063003 Team Cook Islands members model the new uniform at a blessing ceremony on Friday night. 19063003

Team Cook Islands is suited and ready for the Pacific Games which will be held in Apia, Samoa from July 8-20.

The team unveiled and blessed its new uniform at Rarotonga Golf Club on Friday night as they prepare to leave the country this week.

The uniform comes in predominantly three colours – green, white and black. It also has Cook Islands designs, reflecting the spirit of the country and its people.

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee secretary general Owen Lewis said the uniforms were well received by the athletes and the sporting federations.

Lewis said they were humbled by the presence of prime minister Henry Puna, deputy prime minister Mark Brown and sports minister Mac Mokoroa at the ceremony on Friday.

“Their presence showed the commitment that the government is making sure that this Pacific Games campaign is successful. We are extremely grateful for their support and time,” Lewis said.

“The uniforms were well received with many of the athletes and officials complimenting the colours and design. We would like to also thank our professional models for their performance. All in all it was a successful evening.”

Members of Team Cook Islands attended a church service yesterday. This week the team will take part in a street parade through town followed by a government hosted farewell dinner today and a tourism and Ministry of Culture workshop tomorrow.

The team will also visit a marae before leaving for Samoa.

Team Cook Islands will compete in 15 sporting codes. They are athletics, basketball, football, golf, lawn bowls, netball, rugby Sevens, rugby league Nines, sailing, swimming, tennis, touch rugby, va’a, volleyball, and weightlifting. Boxing and cricket were unable to put through a team for this year’s Pacific Games.

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

“We have the biggest team we have ever seen 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 earlier said.

The 16th edition of the Pacific Games, which is held once every four years, will have about 3500 athletes from 24 countries competing. 

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