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Wednesday 9 March 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Sports
From left, Dr Teariki Puni, Jerome Tura, Manine Lynch, Luisa Peters, Kura Moeka’a and Martin Stetka. PHOTO: CIWF/22022810
The organisation is
looking ahead to challenges and fun in 2022.
“We are at a stage where the majority of Team Cook Islands
representing the country in Birmingham has been chosen,” Owen Lewis, secretary
general for CISNOC, told Cook Islands News on Tuesday.
Lewis provided the newspaper with a list of names.
Wesley Roberts, Kirsten Fisher Marsters, Bede Aitu and
plus one male yet to be selected
“In the coming days we will be making the final decision on
the male boxing selection.
“We are also proud of the equity exhibited in these
selections, we are very close to a 50/50 gender split in our selections,” Lewis
He made special mention of Manine Lynch and Cook Islands
Weightlifting for gaining outright qualification for the games.
Cook Islands weightlifters who competed at the New Zealand
International Weightlifting Competition recently returned home with medals.
Lynch won a gold medal while Jerome Tura managed bronze at
the event held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Debutant Tura, who competed in the men’s under 81kg weight
class, lifted 110kg snatch and a 140kg clean and jerk with a phenomenal 250kg
Lynch, who made a comeback after a lapse of five years,
competed in the women’s 87kg plus.
Hitting an 86kg snatch and a 110kg clean and jerk with a
196kg total, she won gold.
“This is one of our goals for this the next four years,”
Lewis said of the weightlifting success in gaining outright qualification.
“We want to see more of our domestic based athletes
qualifying on merit for games.
“As such we take great pride in Manine's performance and
congratulate her, her coach and the federation.”
In 2022 CISNOC is looking forward to a more stable year with
the Pacific Mini Games, Commonwealth Games, and Cook Islands Games all lined
Two new sports, squash and gymnastics, will be added to the
list of sports for the Cook Islands
CISNOC continues to follow the advice of Te Marae Ora
regarding Covid-19 safety restrictions and vaccinations regarding sports and