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Taekwon do students graduate with colours

Monday 6: Cook Islands taekwon do students completed their student grading on Saturday March 21 at the Nikao CICC Hall. It was a day to remember for the 38 students who took part in the grading and achieved great successes in the form of being promoted to their new coloured belts. There were also two […]

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One win at Adelaide Sevens

Monday 6: The Cook Islands national sevens squad began their Adelaide Sevens campaign in promising style. The team faced South Africa in their first pool D match and despite losing 28-7, there were some outstanding plays by the team. In particular, sprightly winger Jamal Brogan with his explosive style of play put the Cooks in […]

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Six codes get started today

Monday 6: Basketball, golf, league sevens, squash, netball and oe vaka will begin their Cook Islands Games competitions today. Already underway and continuing this week are volleyball, lawn bowls, table tennis and sailing in Aitutaki. The basketball competition will begin at 5.30pm with all games to be held at the National Auditorium. Golf tees off […]

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Standout sports people saluted

Saturday 4: The 2008 national sports awards on Thursday were dedicated to honouring local sports people who were at the top of their game in 2008. It was certainly a proud night for the Dearlove family with oe vaka siblings Reuben and Tamsyn Dearlove taking out the 2008 sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards. […]

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A few turn up

Saturday 4: Athletes must has been too busy training for their games this week as only a few athletes made an appearance at yesterday’s Cook Islands Games opening ceremony. Just four teams made the effort to be part of the opening ceremony including a handful of enthusiastic athletes representing Aitutaki, Mangaia, Rakahanga/Manihiki and a team […]

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Organisers front up

Saturday 4: International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has been invited to attend the Pacific Mini Games in Rarotonga later in the year. Last weekend, a delegation from the board of the organising committee fronted up to the games council in Queenstown, New Zealand, to update SPG members on the situation relating to the games, […]

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Busy day of 'games' today

Saturday 4: While lawn bowls got the Cook Islands Games competition on the way on Monday, a number of codes will be running and starting their competitions today. Lawn bowls will continue at the Rarotonga Bowling Club in Parekura while the sailing competition will start in Aitutaki. Bowls and sailing will run right through the […]

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Canoeing dominates awards

Friday 3: Cook Islands Canoeing Association took out top honours at last night’s 2008 national sports awards with the 2008 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards going to oe vaka siblings Reuben and Tamsyn Dearlove. The canoeing association also celebrated more wins on the night with CICA president Christina Newport winning the 2008 Sports […]

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Ambrose will help fund urban studies trip

Thursday 2: Spaces for the Tereora College golf Ambrose fundraiser this Friday at the Rarotonga Golf Club in Nikao are filling up fast with over 20 teams registered so far. Tereora College’s year 12 and 13 geography class is fundraising for a trip to New Zealand. Class teacher Mona Herman says that the trip to […]

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Who will win the awards?

Thursday 2: Outstanding sports men and women during the 2008 sporting year will be honoured this evening at the annual Cook Islands sports awards. This year’s awards will be hosted by the Vaka Te Au O Tonga and will be held at the Rarotonga Golf Club in Nikao starting at 6.30pm. There are four award […]

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Eels escape Shark attack

Monday 30: Narrow 26-24 win by Eels, Bears beat Bulldogs 20-10 It was a thrilling premier rugby league game last Friday between the Avatiu/Nikao Eels and the Aitutaki Sharks as the Eels just managed to escape the Shark attack, winning 26-24. In the end it came down to kicking conversions which let the Eels off […]

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48 women a record field in women's tri

Monday 30: Saturday’s 4th annual Women’s Triathlon, again sponsored by Island Car & Bike Hire, was a resounding success with a record field of 48 women taking part, and a majority tackling the 400m swim, 16km bike and 4km run individually. The weather threatened to dampen the afternoon with thunderous showers in the morning, but […]

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Tui Short enlisted to help with games

Saturday 28 March: An old hand with proven organisational skills was recruited this week to the Pacific Mini Games organising team. ‘Tui’ Ngariki Short was the leading administrator as games organiser in 1985 and with his wife Cecilia he has jumped on board again to be part of the “wonderful Cook Islands experience”. “It’s very […]

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Cooks drawn with Australia in WYNC

Friday 27 March: The Cooks have been drawn in pool B with Australia, at this year’s World Youth Netball Championships in Rarotonga. Other teams in pool B are Malaysia, Wales and Vanuatu. For the August 11-21 championships, the unseeded Barbados, and Trinidad & Tobago will contest pool A with defending champions New Zealand, Northern Ireland, […]

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Schools rip into rugby gear

Wednesday 1: All Rarotonga primary schools will rip into rugby soon thanks to the donation of ‘ripper rugby’ gear to all schools presented to school principals by Cook Islands Rugby Union chief executive officer Ben Koteka. The ripper rugby gear including ripper tags, belts, rugby balls and kicking tees have been provided, courtesy of the […]

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Coaches here to train athletes

Tuesday 31: The first three Chinese sports coaches and their interpreter arrived on the island at the weekend to help local athletes prepare for the September Pacific Mini Games. The three coaches are Dong Xuezhi of the Beijing Sport University, Li Shengyue of Qinghai Province and female coach and Chinese national hammer thrower Qiao Weiming. […]

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CI Games programme set

Tuesday 31: Cook Islands Games competition managers met yesterday to finalise the competition schedule for the week-long games that start with an opening ceremony on Friday April 3 at Te Atukura Grounds. Minor changes have been made to a number of the 19 codes’ venues and competition days while the plans for the opening and […]

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76-34 thrashing by Titikaveka

Monday 30: The Titikaveka netball premiers have continued their unbeaten run, after accounting for neighbours Ngatangiia/Matavera 76-34 at Muri on Saturday. Despite the rain on Saturday, games were still played in round seven of the Rarotonga netball competition. In other premier matches Tupapa held on to its second position on the premier table after defeating […]

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