Alex Beddoes (3rd from left) with the Atheletics Cook Islands team and management. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU / 23111902
Cook Islands’ middle-distance champion and country’s top Pacific Games medal prospect Alex Beddoes thrives on pressure.
he prepares for the 2023 Pacific Games athletics events which starts on
November 27, Beddoes reveals that he is feeling the pressure from his people,
family, and supporters.
he embraces this pressure and looks forward to securing medals with his
athletics team. He recognises that pressure is an integral part of the process
as he strives to perform his best.
something I’m really looking forward to. And preparation is going really well,”
the track events being the first part of his events, Beddoes and Rupeni Mataitoga
have been diligently sharpening their skills, and their bodies are feeling
ready for the tracks in Honiara.
who is also Mataitoga’s coach, emphasised that their preparations have been
are kind of just looking forward to getting out there and racing. This doesn’t
come around too often. Yeah, I’m just pretty keen to compete and get out there
and run,” Beddoes remarked.
Australia’s participation in this year’s Pacific Games, Beddoes identified them
as their biggest competition alongside Fiji.
expecting Australia to bring a pretty strong team in the middle-distance
events. Probably New Zealand as well. There’s maybe Fiji; they usually have a
few good runners. But, I’ll just be concentrating on who’s in front of me.
really learned not to watch or worry too much about who’s in the race. It’s
more just once you get started, just concentrate on who’s in front of you.”
who is competing in the 1500 and 800-metre events, encouraged teams and athletes
participating this year to enjoy the games.
go out there and enjoy, especially if it’s your first time, just make the most
of it. Have fun.”
also urged all Cook Islanders and supporters to get behind the team and support
Team Cook Islands.
will make a huge difference. And I know it’ll mean a lot to the whole team and
support. It’s really important for us.”
Cook Islands president Simone Feao announced that the athletics team will
depart for Auckland on Monday afternoon to meet up with the rest of their team
will all arrive in Honiara on Wednesday, November 22, and have four days to
acclimatise, familiarise themselves with the facilities, and conduct their
final training sessions. Feao stated that their competition begins on Monday,
team is pumped and excited. We have spent many hours training and also spent
some time with Oceania Athletics on mental preparation,” Feao expressed.
it’s up to the athletes to deliver.”
acknowledged that they cannot control many aspects of the environment they will
be in but have adopted an attitude of focusing on being well-prepared for
different scenarios and achieving their goals regardless of the circumstances.
further expressed their gratitude for the unwavering support from families and
the Cook Islands community, hoping to make them proud.