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School celebrates athletics success

Saturday 17 September 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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School celebrates athletics success
Apii Takitumu students are happy to have won the Prince of Wales Primary Schools Athletics Junior Championships. Back L-R: Amani Atera, Dallany Ama-Toa, Josef Urirau. Front L-R: Robati Wichman, Mason Matapo, Tamahahe Tisam, Teata Rima, Tai Noovao-Blake. 22091654

Apii Takitumu students are chuffed to have won the Junior Overall Champion Trophy at the annual Prince of Wales Primary School athletics sports event this week.

The school won theJunior Girls and Junior Boys titles before being named the overall winner in the division on Wednesday.

Principal Maui Joseph said she was proud of the students’ efforts.

“They did really well and put a lot of effort into their training with their teachers and it has really paid off in the results,” Joseph said.

“They are all winners, all the children tried their best and we are happy the juniors have won the championship trophies.”

Joseph Urirau, the top Junior Boys athlete, won his medals for the relay event and the 50 metres runs.

“I feel good winning these medals, it’s good,” Urirau said.

Amani Atera said she was delighted to have won the Junior Girls top athlete award for winning three medals in the long jump, 50m and 75m events.

“I like sports, and I’m happy to win these (medals) for our school,” she said.

First time participant Dallany Toa came second in the discus in the intermediate category and is excited to have received a medal.

The two-day CITC Prince of Wales Championships was hosted by Athletics Cook Islands.

Maui would like to give a special thanks to Simone Fe’ao, the president of Athletics Cook Islands, for her great communication and efficiency and to the parents of Apii Takitum for their support with the food stall.