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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


6 Sports on today

Wednesday 8: Cook Islands Games oe vaka, sailing and athletics competitions will begin today – making it six codes in competition today. Golf and lawn bowls continue their games and basketballers will be playing out their finals at the National Auditorium. The oe vaka competition will be held from the Avarua harbour with races starting […]


Medals guaranteed

Wednesday 8: With just three teams making an appearance for Monday’s Cook Islands Games league nines competition, they were all guaranteed a medal at the end. Puaikura, Te Au O Tonga and Vaka Takitumu played two games each on Monday to determine which colour medal they would walk away at the end of the tourney. […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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