Cook Islands Games Lawn Bowls teams are ready to hit the green in the first sports event of the competition. 22092710
The 2022 Cook Islands Games got underway yesterday afternoon with the Lawn Bowls teams dressed proudly in their respective islands’ uniforms starting off the first round of the competition.
Emcee Tereapii Urlich welcomed the 10 participating
island teams onto the Rarotonga Bowling Club green for the opening address by president
of Cook Islands Bowls, Unakea Kauvai OBE.
Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee
secretary general Owen Lewis delivered a welcoming speech followed by an
address from the Oceania World Bowls representative, Brett O’Riely.
Cooks Islands Commonwealth Bowls representative Emily Jim
read the Oath of the Athletes and Douglas Tatuava Tou read the Oath of the
Over 120 bowlers will participate over the next three
weeks in the event.
“We are excited to be a big sport in this year’s Games
with eight medals up for grabs in the men’s and ladies singles, pairs, triples
and fours,” said Cook Islands Bowls’ Jason Lindsay
Due to the size of the sport and the number of
disciplines played, the Bowls committee had requested an earlier start. The
2022 Cook Islands Games will officially open this Friday.
All but two of the 2022 Cook Islands Commonwealth
Games bowling team members are competing. Royden Aperau and Emily Jim are unable
to compete as they head off to represent the Cook Islands at the New Zealand
U26 Singles Championships in Christchurch this weekend.
The Lawn Bowls competition will be held Tuesday to Saturday
each week culminating in a grand medal ceremony for all events on Friday,
October 14 at 5.30pm.