FIRST COMPETITION OF THE YEAR FOR COOK ISLANDS ATHLETICS
The competition will start at 3.30pm for juniors (7-10 years) and intermediates (11-13 years), with the seniors (13-19 years) competition starting at 4.30pm. The masters (30+) competition starts at 5pm.
The juniors will be competing in the 50 metres, 400m and long jump events, while the intermediates will battle it out in the 75m, 800m and long jump.
“All athletes need to arrive earlier and start a warmup and stretch to avoid any delays and injuries. Athletes are advised to bring water, hat and sunblock,” TFC’s Ruth Horton said.
“For members, the annual fee of $15 can be paid, and for any athletes not enrolled but wanting to compete, a gold-coin entry will go towards buying equipment like stopwatches and a starters gun.
“All ages and levels of fitness and competition are invited to participate, with all times and distances for each athlete being recorded to be used for personal goal setting and monitoring over the year.”
Horton said the juniors will have a five-star programme awards chart which would measure their performance and give them points based on a New Zealand athletics achievement programme.
Intermediates, seniors and masters will have a baseline of times to compare to existing qualifying times, and records to show them where they stand against other athletes their age in New Zealand.
“The main priority is for athletes to have fun and enjoy themselves, and the focus of TFC is to fine tune and hone young athletes to learn and train so they can eventually compete in overseas events at a level equal or above those athletes from other Pacific nations.