Cook Islands swimmer Wesley Roberts pictured in 2019 after a stellar performance at the 2019 Pacific Games. 20122006
Swimmer Wesley Roberts, the ‘Atiu Rocket,’ is 0.7 seconds away from qualifying for the Olympic Games next year.
Islands swimmer Wesley Roberts, otherwise known as the ‘Atiu Rocket’ has
registered new record breaking times for the country’s 50m and 100m freestyle
races in Sydney.
in the New South Wales (NSW) State Age Championships last week, Roberts
recorded a time of 23.16 in the 50 metres freestyle (breaking his own record in
the 2019 Pacific Games) and placed third in the finals.
100m race he broke the Cook Islands national record in a time of 50.18s.
of the Cook Islands Aquatics Federation Romani Katoa was ecstatic with Robert’s
says the new records set by Roberts are part of the build up and campaign for
the Olympic Games scheduled for next year in July.
competed at a huge event for NSW and has managed to adjust his swimming
programme due to the Covid 19 pandemic,” said Katoa.
is seven seconds away from qualifying for the Olympics next year.
track,” Katoa said.
of qualifying races all around the world continue in the coming year.
lives in Sydney and has an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship along with fellow
Cook Islander Kirsten Fisher Marsters.
participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics and claimed the nation’s first 200m
freestyle gold medal at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.