Luciana to lead Team Cook Islands

Tuesday July 02, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Members of Team Cook Islands take part in a Zumba session after their parade through the town yesterday. 19070114 Members of Team Cook Islands take part in a Zumba session after their parade through the town yesterday. 19070114

Veteran netball player Luciana Nicholas has been named the flagbearer of Team Cook Islands to the Pacific Games which gets underway this weekend in Apia, Samoa.

The flagbearer was announced at a special dinner hosted by the Cook Islands government last night.

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee secretary general Owen Lewis said Nicholas was the obvious choice because of her experience.

“She is one of the senior athletes and she has been there, done this before (playing at this level). The other athletes look up to her because of her achievements,” Lewis said.

More than 200 athletes will represent Team Cook Islands in 15 different codes at the games to be held from July 8 to 20. They are athletics, basketball, football, golf, lawn bowls, netball, rugby Sevens, rugby league Nines, sailing, swimming, tennis, touch rugby, va’a, volleyball, and weightlifting.

Yesterday, the Rarotonga-based members from these codes took part in a special parade through town.

Lewis said the parade was to get the people supporting the team.

“We know it’s really important to engage with the public especially when going to trips like this. We want to take the contingent and show them to the public that we are representing you,” he said.

“It’s also important that the athletes are proud of being selected in the team and they know that they are going there to represent the country.

“The people who were in town were really supportive, they were hooting as they drove past and also waved at us.”

Lewis said people who wanted to show their support and follow them during the games can visit the Cook Islands Sports Facebook page. They can also post their messages of support.

“We are really grateful of the support the government has provided to the team and we look forward to some positive results.”

Meanwhile on Friday last week, the team unveiled and blessed its new uniform which comes in predominantly three colours – green, white and black.

Lewis earlier said the uniforms were well received by the athletes and the sporting federations.

“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.”

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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