Mix Pac were crowned the 2024 Cook Islands Beach Games Volleyball competition men’s champions on Saturday at the Nikao Beach Courts.
The women’s title went to Bounty Spikers who defended
their title after winning the competition last year.
The beach volleyball competition marked the conclusion of
this year’s beach games, which came to a close on Saturday.
Bounty Spikers’ Alanna Smith said she enjoyed the beach
“It’s always a good vibe with the sand setting
alongside good music playing. I was really impressed with the talent in
women’s competition particularly with the younger players coming through,”
“I take my hat off to my Bounty Spikers maidens who
played some good composed and controlled sets. Especially Fiona Matutu who took
to the beach court six weeks postpartum and is still making some impressive
spikes and aces on the serve.”
Back-to-back women’s Beach Volleyball champions Bounty Spikers. SUPPLIED / 24012241
Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau’s ‘Ātui’anga ki te Tango (AKTT)
returned to the beach volleyball tournament this year after missing out last
The young side claimed second and third places in the
men’s divisions and third and fifth places in the women’s division.
Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau secretary Jackie Rongo said she was
really proud of their students.
Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau’s ‘Ātui’anga ki te Tango (AKTT) teams at the beach volleyball competition. SUPPLIED/24011960
“They train hard indoors to upskill and improve because
they love volleyball as much as I do. Outdoor is a little different as you have
to change your timing jumping on sand versus hard courts.”
Rongo said in AKTT, volleyball is just one aspect of
their holistic programme that encompasses spiritual, mental, physical, and
“Volleyball brings so many great values of discipline,
respect, loyalty, hard work and results if they embrace commitment. I also push
clean habits, and I hope and pray this is sinking in so they learn how to take
better care of their minds and bodies.
“We certainly have room to improve and will keep chasing
The team acknowledged Cook Islands Sports and National
Olympic Committee (CISNOC) and the Cook Islands Volleyball Federation for
supporting youth development.
Meanwhile, the prize giving for the 2023 Cook Islands
Beach Games will be held today at 5pm at the Nikao Beach Courts.