‘On you mark, get set, go …’

Wednesday October 02, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
The Prince of Wales Primary School Athletics Championship which starts at 8.30am today will feature more than 500 athletes. 18100303 The Prince of Wales Primary School Athletics Championship which starts at 8.30am today will feature more than 500 athletes. 18100303

Junior track and field stars will get a platform to showcase their talent in today’s Prince of Wales Primary School Athletics Championship at the National Stadium in Nikao.

 

The CITC-sponsored annual event which starts at 8.30am will feature over 500 students from nine schools around Rarotonga.

The participating schools are defending champions Avarua, St Joseph’s, Nukutere, Nikao, Rutaki, Imanuela Akatemia, Te Uki Ou, Takitumu and Titikaveka.

The young athletes will compete in eight events on the track and field in three divisions – juniors, intermediate and the seniors.

The juniors will comprise participants aged four to seven years, intermediates eight to 10 years and seniors 11 to 13 years.

The juniors will compete in 25 metres, 50m, 75m and 8x50m relay while the intermediate division in 75m, 100m, 800m and 4x100m relay races. The seniors will battle it out in 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m and 4x100m relay.

The intermediate and senior divisions will also compete in the field events – discuss, shot put and long and high jump. The juniors will only take part in the long jump.

The 2019 championship is hosted by St Joseph’s Primary School which has managed to gather more than 110 volunteers to help them run the event.

School principal Shelley Berry said they were looking forward to a competitive and fun-filled day.

The 2019 Prince of Wales Primary School Athletics Championship will be managed by former national sprinter and schoolteacher Patricia Taea.

Taea, who won gold medal in the 200 metres event at the 2017 Pacific Mini Games, said she was excited with her new role.

“For the first time I will take part in athletics as an coordinator instead of a competitor and I’m looking forward to this challenge,” Taea said.

“I have a great team with me from Athletics Cook Islands as well as more than 110 volunteers who have signed up to help us run this event.”

Taea said her athletics career began with the Prince of Wales event and she was looking forward to unearthing future stars from this year’s event.

“Events such as this are very important because this is where the future Cook Islands reps come from. This is where we can find the best talents who can in future become the stars the country needs.”

Taea’s advice to the young athletes competing today is to “have fun because it’s not always about winning but enjoying”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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