Team Atiu will be bolstered by a number of national reps at next month’s Cook Islands Games.
The inclusion of the local stars has put the team among the favourites for the overall title at the Games to be held from October 3 to 17.
Team official Bob Williams said these stars come with added pressure on the team.
“We got heaps of them (national reps) and maybe that’s why some of the islands don’t like us. There is always pressure because people think we got all these national reps and they expect us to win the gold medals but majority of the codes are team sports so ultimately it’s the team performance that matters, not individuals,” Williams said.
Team Atiu will field more than 200 athletes and officials at the Cook Islands Games. They will compete in 24 sporting codes.
Williams said they would also have the services of 28 athletes and officials from the island.
“Most of our members coming from the island are age group athletes. We are providing them with an opportunity for development towards the Manea Games which is likely to be held next year. Atiu will be hosting the Manea Games.”
Williams said their preparation for the Games is on track with athletes giving their all during the daily training sessions.
“There are a number of athletes who are competing in four or five codes and it’s about managing their training days and hours so they are available for all the codes they will compete in.”
To set up the tone for the Games starting next week, Team Atiu is organising a family day today at the Avatiu Sports ground, running from 7am to midnight.
Williams said they would have a number of activities, entertainment and spot prizes during the “family day of fun, team bonding and fundraising” event.
“We are looking forward to the Games next week. It’s good to see everyone getting active especially during this Covid times. It’s like the whole country coming together not only to compete but to celebrate (sports).”
Atiu Day at Avatiu Sports Association Club. Time: 7.00am – 12 midnight. Theme: Red (Spot Prizes) Be creative! 6am Food Area set up!; 7am Opening Prayer Selling - Pancake Breakfast is on! Accompanied with coffee/tea/milo etc; 8.30am - 9.30am Mix Flavour – Cardio Combat with Mable FormV blend (Selling Entry Tickets - $5. Free refreshments – Assorted Fruits and igloo water available, selling nu & light meals, spot prizes); 9.30am - Tik Tok Shoot!; 10am - Food Stall is on (Food stall all day from 9am – 9pm. Pre-orders or selling on the day); 10am - Spin the wheel (Selling sticks – presell and set prizes. Prizes to be won); 12pm Fun Mix Netball/Combine with Mix Touch (same team for netball and touch). Registration - $50 per team. Mix prizes to be won; 3pm Avatiu Vari Bar opens; 4pm Darts – Registration $50 per team (Cash Prizes and mix prizes) Euchre – Registration $50 per team (Cash Prizes and mix prizes) Table Tennis – Registration $50 per team (Cash Prizes and mix prizes); 6pm - Band is on till midnight (Tina Koronui and back up Max), 8pm - Short Family show, 8.30pm - Mix Team Entertainment (Team registered or individuals) Prizes to be won; 9pm - Fire Dance; 11pm - Closing Prayer; 11.30pm – clean up and close down