Speedster Daniel Tolosa has qualified for New Zealand Secondary Schools competition and is now setting sights on Mark Sherwin’s 100 metres record. 21092054
The annual Athletics Championship starts this week with two twilight meets, tomorrow and on Thursday 5pm at the National Stadium in Nikao.
Registrations are open now and interested participants
can register on the day of the competition at 4pm, says Athletics Cook Islands
secretary (development) Ruth Tangiiau Mave.
There will seven events per evening and promises to be
an exciting event for the up and coming youth athletes, aiming to qualify for
the New Zealand Secondary School Competition to be held in Taranaki in
“This is the last chance for them to qualify and
impress the selectors as it is the last competition for the season,” Mave said.
“It is also a good opportunity for those wanting to
dust off their spikes and throwing arm to prepare towards the Cook Islands Games
Last year the Nationals was run in conjunction with the
Cook Islands Games athletics portion of the games. The athletics event saw many
of the medals that counted towards the final tally for each of the competing
islands. The title eventually went to Mauke.
“As a prelude to the Cook Islands Games, athletes are
encouraged to compete in their island shirts at this year’s Nationals,” Mave
“There won’t be an award for the winning island but it
could be a good opportunity to scout for who you may want on your team for next
year, or which island you want to compete for.”
The Nationals also provide a platform for top local
athletes to set their personal best times and distances or aim to topple some
There are some long standing national records open to
be challenged like Mark Sherwin’s Men 100 metres time of 10.97 seconds which he
set at Brisbane in 1993. Patty Teaea still holds the 100m time of 11.97s also
set in Brisbane, 2017.
“Mark was last seen on the track coaching schools for
the Prince of Wales Primary Schools competition recently held, it remains to be
seen if he will make an appearance under the Masters category this year,” Mave
“Patty showed good form in the officials’ relay
against the youth teams at the Youth Competition in September and is always one
to show up and run.
“One of our long standing competitors, official,
executive board member Erin Tierney-Quirke is still the Long Jump record holder
for women with a jump of 5.37 metres, she will be on the track organising this
A return of champion high jumpers Zarrion Heather-Rau
for U16 and Nuku Makaroa U18 from the Youth Champs promises a great show with
both of them qualifying for the New Zealand Secondary School Competition.
Speedster Daniel Tolosa has qualified for NZ and is
now setting sights on Sherwin’s record. Emma Papailli has qualified for NZ and
will be wanting to continue her training to reach Api Tapoki discus throw of
57.61m set in Auckland, 2006.
“Next year there are a few good competitions for the
athletes to work towards, Mini Pacific Games to be held in June in the Northern
Marianas and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in July 2022 with our own Cook
Islands Games in October.”
Masters age groups are encouraged to compete and
highlight the longevity of the sport for all ages. Registrations can be sent in
by email to: email@example.com.