The Masters Women’s 100m medallists – Mitiaro’s Julz Westrupp winning gold, silver went to Aitutaki’s June George, and bronze Mangaia’s Elizabeth Munro. CISNOC/22100328
Making her mark for the first time in athletics is Mitiaro’s amazing all-rounder sports woman Julz Westrupp who competed in the Cook Islands Games 100 metres Masters Women’s race on Saturday.
A photo finish determined the neck to neck 100m final
with Westrupp claiming gold with Aitutaki’s June George coming in second with
silver and Mangaia’s Elizabeth Munro with the bronze.
“I won’t lie, I was lucky, we were neck to neck, I put
my body/head over the line first… it was amazing,” said Westrupp.
Westrupp usually competes in team sports and had never
competed in an individual event like athletics.
She had felt “a little nervous” and winning the 100m was
pretty cool, she said “especially when the national anthem was sung” during the
Westrupp trained and prepared herself for the event
with the young Aurametua Vavia coaching her.
This year Westrupp is competing in: Athletics - Marsters,
Handball - Marsters, Weightlifting - Marsters, 7s - Opens, Touch - Opens women
(also coach), Soccer - Opens, Nines league - Opens and is coaching the Under-18s
Atiu’s swimming sensation Wesley Roberts recorded the
fastest time in 1200 metre (1.2km) swim after clocking 14 minutes 58 seconds in
the Cook Islands Games aquatics event yesterday.
Back on the rock for a break, Roberts has spent two
weeks on his home island of Atiu before flying to Rarotonga to participate in
The 1200m swim was his first race in the ocean held at
Muri lagoon. “I’m really happy with the results and it’s always good to win for
Atiu,” said Roberts.
On Saturday, Roberts also competed in the athletics
races at the National Stadium claiming silver in the 1500 metres run and silver
in the 4x400m relay. Last night he was scheduled to compete in the 800m finals.
Aquatics will hold the Boiler Swim competition today
at Trader Jacks and Roberts is hoping to break the record of 9:40 minutes.
The latest medal tally and results were not made
available to Cook Islands News by the time this edition went to press last
night. According to CISNOC the medal tally and official results will be
available at 9am each morning.
At 9am yesterday, Mangaia led the open’s grade with
nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals followed by Atiu with five gold,
four silver and four bronze medals. Aitutaki placed third with four gold, four
silver and five bronze medals.
The results for yesterday’s (Monday) Aquatics 1200m
swim held at Muri beach are as follows.
Open Mens:1st Atiu - Wesley Roberts 14.58,
2nd Aitutaki - Tem Strickland 18.40,
3rd Aitutaki - Mike 19.25; Open Womens: 1st
Aitutaki - Daniela Ardendorff 18.42, 2nd Aitutaki - Shelley 19.16, 3rd
Mangaia Adrianna - 26.43. Masters Men: 1st Mangaia - Roland Neuruer
21.07, 2nd Mitiaro - Kevin Henderson 22.54, 3rd Atiu -
Andrew 24.09; Masters Women: 1st Atiu - Serena Hunter 20.42, 2nd
Mangaia - Bernadette 26.51, 3rd Manihiki - Lawrencia Williams 40.16.
Under 18 Men: 1st Mitiaro - Darius Allsworth 18.26, 2nd
Mangaia - Ioane 19.58; Under 18 Women: 1st Mangaia - Anais Moana
Tierney Quirke 18.46, 2nd Mangaia - Esther 23.16, 3rd
Rakahanga - Itirangi 25.28.
The results for the Women and Mens 50m free and 50m
Back finals held on Saturday 1st October at Vaiana’s are as follows.
U14 Boys 50m Backstroke: 1st Rarotonga - Roma
Tou, 2nd Mangaia - Taunga Miller, 3rd Mangaia - Edmund
Postrygacz; U18 Mens 50m Backstroke :
1st Mitiaro - Darius Allsworth, 2nd Mangaia - Ioane
Tierney, 3rd Mauke - Koru McDonald; Open Mens 50m Backstroke: 1st
Atiu - Wesley Roberts, 2nd Aitutaki - Tem Strickland, 3rd
Mitiaro - Tumuli Sosene; Masters Men 50m Backstroke: 1st Rarotonga -
Marama Nicholas, 2nd Mitiaro - Kevin Henderson.
Today Tuesday, the Aquatics Boiler Swim starts at 1pm
at Trader Jacks and followed by the medal presentation. The Spear fishing
competition is on again today as an exhibition sport starting at 6am to 12pm
for weigh ins at Trader Jacks.