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Swimmers eye Singapore

The Cook Islands Swim team are gunning to improve their times at the Oceania Swimming Championships next week and qualify for the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in August. The team of Tepaia Payne and swimming siblings Celeste and Aaron Brown will be accompanied by team manager Lisa Iro to the Oceania Swimming Championships in […]

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Party on with Zumba

The BCI Stadium is going to be turned into an open air gym on Thursday for the mass Zumba party where those of you taking part in the Vaevae Challenge can earn bonus points. The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Top Shape Gym, Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Office and CITC are […]

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Ace skills at junior tennis

With each tennis competition there is a marked improvement in the skills of junior tennis players and the start of the ANZ Stars tennis on Saturday saw some fantastic match-ups at the Nikao tennis centre. Beginner tennis players under 8 got the competition off to an ace start with mini tennis games set up to […]

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Many add to Aito success

Te Aito Cook Islands wishes to extend its sincere gratitude and thanks to the many businesses and people for enabling the inaugural Te Aito Cook Islands to be a great success. Air Rarotonga for bringing our Aitutaki paddlers over to compete and for providing return airfares to Tahiti for our winners to compete in the […]

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Dearlove powers to victory

As predicted, local champion paddler Reuben Dearlove took out the open men’s 24km Te Aito Cook Islands race on Saturday with a huge 11 minute lead on second place getter and event organiser Fletcher Melvin. Dearlove raced in his brand new carbon fibre V1 vaka which drew plenty of attention as it glided with ease […]

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7s get serious as semis loom

The serious contenders for this year’s CITC pre-season sevens rugby turned up to play with next week’s semifinal spots on offer for the top two qualifiers in each pool. In the FBI under 13 grade competition the Arorangi Cowboys played two games at the weekend, winning them both 40-0 against Titikaveka and a hard-fought win […]

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7s at Tupapa

The Tupapa field is the place to be today to catch rugby sevens action as clubs gather for week two of the CITC Pre-Season Sevens tournament. Games will start with an hour of Rippa rugby for boys and girls under 11 and 9 before the under 13 grade teams, in their new Mongoose uniforms, take […]

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Dragonflies meet Kokiri

After a weekend of regional netball action, local clubs will hit the courts again today for the final games of round two. And as the Titikaveka Pearls played the Takuvaine Red Devils last night, the only premier grade game on today will be the match between the Avatiu Dragonflies and the Ngatangiia Kokiri. And while […]

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New canoe ready just in time

The first all-carbon fibre V1 canoe made on Rarotonga is finished just in time for today’s Te Aito Cook Islands race. The canoe represents Innovative Plastics Ltd’s first fully carbon fibre project, and was made specifically for national champion paddler Reuben Dearlove, who is the favourite for today’s inaugural Te Aito Cook Islands. Event organiser […]

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Top scores at open golf

Many players recorded their best ever scores at the Turama Cook Islands Open Golf Tournament, played last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The hotly contested tournament, sponsored by Island Hopper, drew players from overseas as well as Aitutaki and Rarotonga and is a major feature of the golfing calendar. On the first day, Thursday, Ned Howard […]

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Youngsters look flash thanks to Mongoose

Under 13 rugby union players from all six Rarotonga clubs will step out on to the field today sporting brand new jerseys thanks to the Avatiu-Nikao Mongoose Golden Oldies club. Before being handed out to the clubs, the jerseys, including a full set for the Are Nikau club on Aitutaki, were blessed by Orometua papa […]

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Sevens continue this weekend

This week will be the last week of pool play of the CITC pre-season sevens tournament in each of the grades. Teams will want to secure first or second position in their pool to assure them of a semifinal spot next weekend. Due to this week’s draw featuring some new teams to each of the […]

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Rugby star at Rippa tourney

Rarotonga school children had the opportunity to shake the hands of ex All Black Christian Cullen – regarded by many as the greatest All Black fullback of all time. Cullen and his wife Mandy were guests of honour at yesterday’s CITC Primary School Rippa Rugby Tournament where the retired rugby star gave the kids a […]

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Winter season ready to set sail

This Saturday sees the opening of the winter season at the Rarotonga Sailing Club. Commodore Barry Warner and patron Bob Boyd will formally open the season using the spot between the junior sailing and the afternoon racing programme to welcome all sailors and supporters back to the formal racing programme. While those passionate about sailing […]

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Pacific Resort glad to host Te Aito Tama

Pacific Resort is sponsoring today’s singles vaka event, in which junior paddlers and novice paddlers will race across the Muri lagoon. Pacific Resort general manager Greg Stanaway said of Te Aito Tama. “Pacific Resort Rarotonga and Pacific Resort Aitutaki are delighted to be sponsoring this inaugural Te Aito event. “The event and this sports discipline […]

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Te Aito on today and tomorrow

Today marks the end of the countdown to Te Aito. Pacific Resort-sponsored Te Aito Tama kicks off this afternoon with a welcome at Muri at 4.15pm. Boys and girls under 16 will do a two kilometre race at 4.30, and novice men and women will do four kilometres at 5.15. Some of the islands up […]

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500 kids enjoy Rippa day!

The Avatiu field was a sea of colours as 500 school children gathered for yesterday’s one-day CITC Primary Schools Rippa Rugby tournament. It was a ripper of day as parents and visitors alike stopped by to watch some fantastic games. But it wasn’t just the boys showing excellent skills as there were some thrilling games […]

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Golden Oldies set to rumble

Rarotonga golden oldies rugby players are ready to rumble for the 2010 season, starting with the first game tomorrow at the Nikao field starting at 4.30pm. The golden oldies season will carry on every Friday until the Cook Islands’ golden oldies delegation departs in September for the Sydney Golden Oldies Rugby Tournament. This year’s golden […]

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Rippa rugby on today

Rarotonga school children will head to Avatiu field today for the CITC Primary Schools Rippa Rugby Tournament. The event kicks off at 8.30am with the last game at 12.30pm. The tournament has attracted 45 teams from schools across the island and it’s not just for boys either.The tournament will be played in three divisions boys, […]

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Aito qualifiers in Aitutaki

Last weekend, Aitutaki paddlers competed for a chance to win a trip to Rarotonga for the Te Aito canoeing competition tomorrow and Saturday. The winners of the 10km V1 race, Alister Webb and Tuangaru Rima, will arrive in Rarotonga on this morning’s flight and will compete this weekend at Te Aito. Air Raro, one of […]

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