The school managed 1033 points to finish ahead of St Joseph/Nukutere on 690 and Apii Nikao managing third place on 628 points in the championship held at the National Stadium on Wednesday.
Apii Avarua scored 66 points in the preschool division, 311 in junior, 305 in intermediate and 351 in senior to get the top placing.
Apart from the overall title, the school also won junior and senior titles. The preschool overall title went to Apii Nikao while St Joseph/Nukutere claimed the intermediate division.
Championship manager Patricia Taea was pleased with the performance from the participating schools and young athletes. Avarua, St Joseph’s, Nukutere, Nikao, Rutaki, Imanuela Akatemia, Te Uki Ou, Takitumu and Titikaveka primary schools took part in the championship.
The athletes competed in eight events on the track and field in three divisions – juniors, intermediate and the seniors.
The juniors comprised participants aged four to seven years, intermediates eight to 10 years and seniors 11 to 13 years.
“The turnout was impressive, I didn’t realise that many participants would take out time to compete in this championship. I could tell everyone was having fun and enjoying being in competition. We also had a great support from teachers and volunteers, including students from Nukutere College who helped in the running of the event,” Taea said.
“We also had staff from CITC who were there to deliver water to keep the volunteers hydrated. They also delivered lunch packs to the volunteers.”
The championship provided young athletes an opportunity to impress national scouts who were out looking for future national reps.
Taea said some of the participants really impressed them.
“I was very impressed with the performance of some of the participants. There was a senior athlete from Titikaveka who really did well in the high jump event. The height recorded by this athlete was something we didn’t expect.
“The quality of performance is surely improving and the athletes are getting faster and stronger. There is a lot of talent out there.”
Taea said they have invited some of the junior athletes to join the weekly Track and Field Club training.
Preschool girls champion – Ngapoko Daneil (Imanuela), Preschool boys champion – David Baxter (Arorangi); Junior girls champion – Kierly Beniamina (St Joseph/Nukutere) and Zoe Elisaia (Apii Avarua), Junior boys champions – Akatauira Tepena (Apii Avarua); Intermediate girls champion – Electra Akaruru (St Joseph/Nukutere) and Mattelena Tepai (Avarua), Intermediate boys champion – Paul Ngaroi (St Joseph/Nukutere); Senior girls champion – Maria Patia (Avarua), Senior boys champion – Aurametua Vavia (Avarua).