Team Cook Islands in Birmingham, United Kingdom. SUPPLIED/22072707
Team Cook Islands is all excited and looking forward to the much-anticipated official opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games this morning.
The XXII Commonwealth Games will get underway this morning (8am Cook Islands time) in Birmingham, United Kingdomwith the official opening ceremony.
bowlers Aidan Zittersteijn and Nooroa Mataio will be leading Team Cook Islands
as its co-flagbearers at the ceremony.
Cook Islands chef de mission John Paul Wilson said they were all in great
spirits at the Commonwealth Games Village at Warwick University.
our athletes and officials have arrived with the exception of our athletics
contingent,” Wilson said yesterday.
great to see our athletes really living true to our Cook Islands nature by
being focused on training but also sharing the love and hospitable nature our
people are so well known for across the globe.”
national team comprise of Alex Beddoes (athletics); Wesley Roberts, Kirsten
Fisher Marsters, Bede Aitu and Lanihei Connolly from swimming; Alexander
Kairua, Phillip Jim, Aidan Zittersteijn, Jason Lindsay, Royden Aperau, Emily
Jim, Teokotai Jim, Nooroa Mataio, Tiare Jim and Matapa Puia from bowling, boxers
Michael Schuster and Tawhiri Toheriri and weightlifter Manine Lynch.
said: “We have many who are attending their first Commonwealth Games so it’s
going to be a very proud and emotional moment for our team as we walk the
opening ceremony (this morning).”
look forward to Friday with lawn bowls and boxing our first athletes to begin
first attended the Commonwealth Games in 1974 the Cook Islands did not compete
again in the Games until 1986 in Edinburgh, the same year their National
Olympic Committee was formally recognised. Since then they have taken part in
every Commonwealth Games. Their team at Glasgow 2014, the last Commonwealth
Games hosted in United Kingdom (in Scotland), competed in athletics, lawn
bowls, rugby sevens and weightlifting.
The 2022 Commonwealth
Games will be held from July 28 to August 8.