One hundred and thirty athletes are heading to Rarotonga from Araura to boost Team Aitutaki at the Cook Islands Games starting this weekend.
Altogether more than 200 athletes and officials will represent the southern group island at the event to be held from October 3 to 17.
Team official Nga Puna confirmed said they would be competing in all 24 sports.
A majority of the codes would be covered by the athletes who are travelling from the island, he said.
“They have started coming in and some would come this weekend and those who are competing during the final week of the Games will come next week,” Puna said.
“The athletes from the island are competing in majority of the codes. The athletes based in Rarotonga will be representing us in basketball, cricket and handball and the rest of them will join the ones coming from the island to complete the teams in the other codes.”
Puna said they are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to ensure a golden performance at the Games.
“Our athletes are training hard in the morning, afternoon, night, after work, and whenever they can find time,” he said.
“We Aitutakians are proud people. We already think we will smash the other teams. So, we will go out there and represent our island with pride, give it our best and leave everything on the field.”
Team Aitutaki will hold its final fundraiser – Quiz Night – at The Islander Hotel tonight.
Puna said the funds raised would go towards helping with the team participation at the Cook Islands Games.
Those interested in participating in tonight’s fundraiser or making donations can contact Atingata Tereu on 70656.
“This fundraiser is more like a wrap up for us before we head into the Games. The funds raised will assist us with getting a physio, masseurs and food for the athletes.”
Puna is calling on all Aitutakians to come out in gold and black to support their team during the two weeks long event.