This year’s Kumete, on Monday June 7, will feature a longer programme including tug of war.
The annual village competition for the Kumete is to be held once again at the National Stadium, and as always on the Queen’s Birthday annual holiday, in nine days’ time.
This year’s Kumete, on Monday June 7, will feature a longer
It will start at 9am with the registration of athletes in
the under 18 (U18), open and masters sections. The first race is the 800
metres, starting at 9.30am.
Villages are encouraged to form teams to compete for the
cup. Last year Avatiu took the reins from defending champions Avarua, which had
held it for several years in a row.
After the Cook Islands Games last year there is a real buzz
amongst athletes to compete and represent their island or village.
Athletics organisers are asking that each village wear their
corresponding colours – as per rugby – and to come along and enjoy a fun family
The Kumete will have fun events for the U13 similar to those
run at the recent Youth Games during the April school holidays.
A circuit of six stations for Kids Athletics will have two
run, two jump, and two throw activities. These will use fun ways of age-related
equipment to build the skills required later in the adult athletics
A competitive series of events for the U18 and open, and any
masters who want to compete, is available in the 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, long
jump, shot-put and discus.
For family fun and entertainment, the popular masters’ 50m
‘race walk’ is back, as is the tug of war for U13, U18, and open-masters mix
New to the programme will be a 4x100m mother and daughter
relay, and father and son relay.
To finish the day, a new medley relay will be run for the
U18, and open-masters of 1x400m, 1x 300m, 1x 200m and 1x 100m, which promises
to be highly entertaining races to watch.
The U13 do not need to register; pre-registration for all
other age groups is encouraged as early as possible. Only three athletes per
village per event is permitted to keep numbers down.
Every athlete including U13 will get one participation
point, with 1st = 10 points, 2nd = 6points, 3rd = 4points, 4th = 2points and
5th and 6th 1point.
The village with the most points at the end of the day is
the Kumete winner!
For all enquiries contact: Ruth Mave