New stars emerge from the Games

Tuesday 20 October 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Other Sports


New stars emerge from the Games
Tamaiva Mateariki vies for possession in the mixed netball competition. PHOTO: Losirene Lacanivalu / 20101919

Sporting federations are being urged to continue providing competitive platform to their athletes.

Despite losing the overall Cook Islands Games title to Mauke, Team Aitutaki finished the two-week long event with the highest number of gold medals.

Aitutaki grabbed 23 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals, amassing 116 points. They were tied on second place with Mangaia who managed 19 gold, 19 silver and 21 bronze medals.

Mauke won the overall title after scoring 118 points from 17 gold, 25 silver and 17 bronze medals.

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee president Hugh Graham said they have achieved the objectives of the Games.

“We wanted to promote sports as a healthy active lifestyle for all athletes, competitive and social … now we have to stay active,” Graham said at the closing ceremony on Saturday night.

“We wanted to create a competitive opportunity for our athletes to pursue excellence and advance their sporting ambition. We have seen some great sporting performances; we have seen national records broken and we have seen more stars emerging.”