Ella and Bryden Nicholas will compete in the K1 event in the women’s and men’s grades, respectively, in the Rio Olympics to be held in August.
The two competed in the International Canoe Federation Canoe Slalom World Champs in London last month in their bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics, but failed to finish in the top 15 for an automatic place.
Ella finished 42nd overall, as 20th nation, and with Australia and New Zealand qualified through the World Champs, she was likely to gain Olympic places via continental championships.
The same scenario happened in the K1 men in which Bryden competed and finished as the third best in Oceania.
New Zealand and Australia claimed 14th and 15th, respectively, to secure their places at the 2016 Olympics, leaving Bryden with the best opportunity to make it through via continental places.
Ella had already represented the country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee is awaiting official word from the International Canoe Federation before commenting on the duo’s achievement.