The National Championships will be held over two days, starting at 5pm today with the 1500 metre race at the National Stadium.
As has been seen throughout the year, Athletics Cook Islands have changed up and tried a number of new initiatives to improve their events across the board.
Vice-president Thomas Henderson said the decision to have a two day event was in the hope of improving the number of open and masters competitors.
“We decided that it’s worth trying a twilight event so that those older competitors who work are also given a chance to come down and compete.”
It is not only the final event on the calendar, but also the last chance for the selected youth athletes to stake their claim for a spot in the team to head to New Zealand in December to compete in their secondary school athletics championships in Wellington.
“We identified a number of athletes, both in our current youth development squad and those who are not to target, the Nationals is their final hit out to show us what they can do in their chosen event but also how they approach their training.”
Henderson said the team will be finalised this week before being announced next week.
“It is a highlight for our development calendar and we again are looking forward to seeing what our athletes can do against some of the best athletes in New Zealand.”
- Athletics Cook Islands