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Saturday 25 June 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, Go Local

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Olympic Week sees hundreds getting active
Mini Game participants on the track at the National Stadium with the torch. Photo: Supplied/22062442

The Ability Olympics, Mini Olympics and a fun run were all part of Olympic Week celebrations by Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC).

The week wrapped up with Olympic Day on Thursday afternoon with a fun run. 

One of the organisers, Richelle Gempton from CISNOC said around 50 people turned up at the Rarotonga Golf Course to participate.  

“Those that came down really enjoyed it, we had a lot of spot prizes and fun games about the Olympics and then just some physical games there to but it was a good afternoon.”

The Mini Games on Wednesday had around 90 children from Blackrock pre-school, Apii Avarua and Apii Nikao at the National Stadium.

“It was challenging because we don't usually have that many children with such a small team but it was good.”

An Ability Games participant takes a shot at the target station. Photo: Caleb Fotheringham/22062440

Gempton said she hoped to reach out more schools in the future for the Mini Olympics.

On Tuesday CISNOC hosted the Ability Games also at the National Stadium.

Crawling through a tunnel in the gymnastics station at the Mini Games. Photo: Supplied/22062445

Around 70 inclusive education students from Rarotonga schools and the Creative Centre took part in the event.

Gempton said Olympic Week was “really busy but really rewarding”.

The three pillars of Olympic day are “move, learn and discover”. Photo: Supplied/22062447

"(I'm) really pleased with how it all came together, I'm looking forward to next years Olympic Week."

“Everyone really enjoyed themselves right from the ability to the fun run, lots of smiley faces and laughter which is always a good time.”

Children at the Mini Games use the parachute in the gymnastics station. Photo: Supplied/22062444