Apii Avarua students receive the overall CITC Prince of Wales Championship title from King’s Representative Sir Tom Marsters at the National Stadium in Nikao last year. Picture: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/22091421
Apii Avarua defended the CITC Prince of Wales Primary School Athletics Championships with St Joseph’s School finishing in second place and Nikao coming in third.
The day two of the annual event held at
the National Stadium in Nikao yesterday attracted 600 athletes from 11 schools
and 100 volunteers. The day started with a breakfast hosted by CITC at 7.15am.
At 8.30am each school marched around the stadium as part of the parade ceremony
and competition started at 9am.
Following an intense battle during the
day, the winners were announced and prizes were presented to top athletes and
The senior girls champ was Mae-arii
Opuariki from Apii Avarua and the senior boy champ was Phillip Teaea from Apii Nikao.
The overall senior school winner was Apii Avarua.
Kierly Beniamina from St Joseph’s Primary
claimed the intermediate girls champ award while the intermediate boys champ
was Samuel Ravuaceva also from St Joseph’s. The intermediate overall school
winner was Apii Avarua.
The junior girls champ award went to Amani
Atera from Takitumu and Josef Urirau of Takitumu claimed the junior boys champ award.
Apii Takitumu also won the junior division prize.
Kaylani Kahino from Arorangi was the
preschool girl champ and Maraka Kumu was the boys champ. The preschool overall
school winner was St Joseph’s.
Racers sprinting for the finish in the 75 metres dash at the Prince of Wales Schools Athletics Championship yesterday. Picture: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/22091417
After the event, the Minister for Youth
and Sports Vaine (Mac) Mokoroa congratulated Apii Avarua for claiming the
“Let’s look forward for the next Prince of
Wales, let’s put in some more effort and let’s take some more cups in the next
round of Prince of Wales,” Mokoroa said.
CITC general manager Gaye Whitta welcomed
the new names of the trophies now called the CITC Prince of Wales Athletics
“(King’s representative) Sir Tom said
earlier it’s a new era, we have a new Prince so I think it’s fitting that we
have a new name,” Whitta said.
She said the event had been ongoing for
about 50 years and had been called Prince of Wales for about 48 years.
Whitta thanked the event sponsors, including
the CITC team, and Athletics Cook Islands.
The event started on Tuesday evening with
the 800 and 1500 metres runs and some discus and high jump. All the other track
and field disciplines were held yesterday.
Prior to the event, president of Athletics Cook Islands, Simone Fe’ao said the
Prince of Wales competition was a good
opportunity for children to find out what they’re good at and if they wanted to
take it further.
Fe’ao said the competition
was where former Cook Islands sprinter, Patricia Taea got her start. Taea
represented the Cook Islands in the Olympics and Commonwealth games.