Adrianna Skurosz and Roland Neururer raise their trophies for the Tin Man triathlon in 2020. They are the top bet for the title in this year’s competition to be held today. Photo: Supplied/20061401
Cook Island Triathlon Association celebrates 39 years of the annual Maori Auri Tinman Race today.
This is an event with a long and interesting history which our local triathletes proudly compete in.
years ago, Sir Tom Davis and Sir Geoffrey Henry were swapping the prime
Robert Muldoon was the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
World Cup was still four years away.
was about to win the America’s Cup, and nine individuals and nine teams
competed in the first ever Tinman Triathlon.
Tinman Race was held on April 16, 1983 and started in front of the Sailing Club
at Muri with a 1200 metre swim.
Muri Lagoon, the competitors then cycled around the island before running 10
kilometres from the Sailing Club into town and finishing at the Banana Court
with a well-earned drink.
of the race in the Cook Islands News mentioned the surprising interest in the
race by the large number of spectators who lined the course and cheered the
athletes all around the island.\
winner of that first race was Paul McDonnell in a great time of 2.09.32, with
Don Carlaw and Dave Hickson three minutes behind him.
competitors in the first Tinman were Brett Porter (2.20.32), Nooroa Robati
(2.36.06), Tim Murray (2.46.27) and teams from Foodland, Fisheries, Apex and
female competitors entered the race in 1985 with Rangi Ngaata going on to be
the first female winner in 2.40.29.
Smith, Lynnsay Francis, Mona Henderson and Bernie Raffe are all previous
winners with Kelly Pick breaking the women’s record in 2011 in a time of
The fastest time was set in 1990
by the then 20-year-old Bernard Wind whose staggering cycle time of 48.34
formed the basis of his 1.49.14 race record and was the last of three
After ten teams completed the
first Tinman, team racing took off, and the late 1980s saw huge participation
from the community with up to 20 teams competing at the event.
The fastest team time dates back
to 1990 when Bret Gibson, Richard Williams, and Tim Martin set a cracker time
This year the numbers are a little lower than
in those early days, but none-the-less the athletes will appreciate your cheers
and encouragement, just as much as those back in the 80s.
Roland Neururer and
Adrianna Skurosz are the favourites for the top spots, having recently both
triumphed in the Air New Zealand Rarotonga Triathlon two weeks ago, which was
held over a slightly longer distance.
They are the domestic unbeaten first male and
female, so if you see them, or any other athletes on the road, give them a
teams race it will be interesting to see who the entrants are as some teams have
changed from their make up two weeks ago.
Teams are a great way to participate in the sport of triathlon, and the Cook Islands Triathlon Association committee encourages people to have a chat with them at any time if they are keen to be a team member at any of their events.
Race Statistics – Number of wins
Male – Roland Neururer 11, Geoff Stoddart 5; Female
Francis/Hunter 7, Vanessa Palmer/Woodger 5, Kelly Pick 3, Adrianna Skurosz 3.