Beddoes to lead Team Mauke

Monday September 14, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
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Athletics star Alex Beddoes will lead Team Mauke at this year’s Cook Islands Games to be held from October 3 to 17.

Beddoes will be part of about 300 athletes and officials who will represent the southern group island at the event. Mauke will compete in all 24 codes.

Team official Akaiti Purea said Beddoes qualifies for Mauke through his mother Paulina.

“The inclusion of Alex Beddoes in Team Mauke is surely a boost for us. He is also helping train our athletics team competing at these Games,” Purea said.

Beddoes, who presented Cook Islands at the 2016 Olympic Games, is the reigning Pacific Games 800 and 1500 metres champion.

He was training with an elite group, which includes the champion and record holders from Australia and New Zealand, in Melbourne when the Covid-19 crisis began. Since most competitions were cancelled, he decided to come to Rarotonga earlier in the year to spend some time with his family.

Akaiti Purea said their preparation for the Cook Islands Games is going well.

She said there were a couple of athletes who are representing the island in more than a code.

“We have told the athletes to choose the codes properly so they don’t clash with each other. We are having training all day every week and the team spirit is quite high; everyone is excited for the Games.”

Purea also confirmed they would have five athletes from the island – they will be competing in darts, table tennis, netball, tough rugby, rugby and soccer.

“It’s good to have some athletes from the island, unfortunately we couldn’t get more due to Covid, as it’s hard to bring them across.”

Meanwhile Team Mauke will be hosting a golf ambrose tournament this Friday at the Rarotongan Golf Club course to raise funds for their campaign.

The ambrose will feature teams of six with entry fee of $140 per team.

“If you want to enter a team, contact Vanic Teina on 78755 for more information. All proceedings will go towards our preparation for the Games.”

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