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Friday 26 August 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Athletics, Sports
Simone Fe’ao from Athletics Cook Islands and BCI CEO Vaine Nooana celebrate another year of sponsorship for the BCI Youth Athletics Championship. SUPPLIED/22082509
CITC has jumped on board to support the
CITC Prince of Wales Primary School Athletics Championships for another five
The sponsorship means CITC now has naming
rights for the competition which will be held next month at the National
Stadium in Nikao.
General manager Gaye Whitta said the
ongoing sponsorship meant teachers could focus on training their children
without having to worry about the event logistics.
“It’s really focused on the kids getting
active, getting out. It’s a historical event, I know as a kid I always looked
forward to it,” Whitta said.
“We are really looking forward to the next
five years and working with CISNOC (Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic
Whitta said it was important to ingrain in
children at a young age that keeping active was important.
“Getting outside, getting away from their
phones and indoor activities. I think you’ve got to start at that young age.
“If you get in at that grassroots, it’s
going to hopefully take it to that next level.”
Simone Fe’ao, president of Athletics Cook
Islands, said it was great to solidify CITC’s support.
“What that means is we don’t have to worry
about the financial support for this event and it can carry on for the many,
many years that it already has.”
Fe’ao said schools could put their focus
on getting children prepared and excited about athletics.
“Athletics may not be something that
carries on as a career but it is good for children to explore the different
opportunities available for them and give it a go.
“That’s what it’s about, to have everyone
give it a go.”
Bank of Cook Islands (BCI) has continued
sponsoring BCI National Youth Athletics Championships.
Fe’ao said the sponsorship made sure the
event was professional and athletes had everything they needed.
“BCI comes on board not only with
underwriting the administrative costs but also providing some prizes for those
that do well.”
Fe’ao said the event was more serious than
CITC Prince of Wales.
“It’s kind of a pathway for us, CITC
Prince of Wales then BCI Youth Athletics, at that level we are identifying
people for international and regional competition opportunities.”
BCI chief executive officer Vaine Nooana
said: “It’s extremely honouring for BCI to sponsor the BCI Youth Athletics
Championship, an event that’s grown from strength to strength.”
“We will continue to support our youth in
these national events that are a stepping stone to regional events and from
there we hope they go on to conquer the world.”
The BCI Youth Athletics Championship is
happening on September 2. CITC Prince of Wales Primary School Athletics
Championships is on September 13 and 14.