Over the next three weeks local athletes will be putting the final touches on their game plan for the regional sports event, running from July 4 to 18 in Port Moresby.
The 163-strong national sports team is made up of 130 athletes and 33 officials and will represent the Cook Islands in 13 sports codes.
Each code has conducted its own planning and preparations for the sports gathering with regular monitoring from the national sports body that has set a $500,000 budget to send the team to Papua New Guinea.
Codes have also fundraised individually to cover costs for the games such as athletes’ levies and at the weekend a successful Team Cook Islands ‘run-a-thon’ was held with great support shown from the community.
Team Cook Islands will also attend a number of community events leading up to their staggered departure to PNG via Auckland and Australia from July 28 to 30.
2015 Team Cook Islands athletes and officials will be led by chef de mission-Robert Graham, general team manager Damien Beddoes, assistant general team manager Kurai Carfax-Foster and assistant general team manager Siniva Marsters.
Athletics – Patricia Taea (women’s 100m, 200m), Tereapii Tapoki (women’s discus, shotput), Team Manager-Ina Marsters, Beach Volleyball – Daniel Heath and Brendon Heath.
Bodybuilding – Ngatamaine Bates (over 55kg women), Vainetutai David (over 95kg men), Aaron Enoka (under 85kg men), Team Manager-Tania Enoka.
Cricket (women) – June George, Marii Kaukura, Erica Rani, Terito Ine, Salaberga Okirua, Punanga Kaveao, Phillica Maruariki, Mummy Elikana, Mirioni Ngametua, Metuavaine Matapo, Tina Mato, Tereakama Kataina, Maloku Mataora, Team Manager-Carlene Mapu, Team Coach-Alister Stevic,
Football (women) – Marjorie Toru, Elisa Mamanu-Gray, Elizabeth Harmon, Helena Ngauora, Jennifer Akavi, Josephine Turepu, Lee Maoate-Cox, Marissa Iroa, Mii Piri, Moeroa Harmon, Morgan Owen, Tekura Kaukura, Tekura-O-Tane Urarii, Tepaeru Toka, Tuakana Noovao, Upokotea Manuela, Maeva Carr, Team Manager-Moeroa Tamangaro, Team Coach-Tuka Tism, Assist. Coach-Michelle Paiti, Physio-Samantha Osbourne.
Golf (women) Rowenna Newbigging, Rotana Howard, Elmay Viking, Memory Akama, (men) William Howard, Royale Brogan, Kirk Tuaiti, Daniel Webb, Team Manager-Stuart Henry, Team Coach-Bernard Viret, Assistant Coach-Tereapii Viking.
Lawn Bowls (women’s) Tai Jim (Singles, Pairs), Linda Vavia (Pairs, Fours), Irene Carfax-Foster (Triples, Fours), Porea Elisa (Triples, Fours), Nooroa Daniel (Triples, Fours), (men’s) Lawrence Paniani (Singles, Pairs), Peter Totoo (Pairs, Fours), Phillip Tangi (Triples, Fours), Joseph Akaruru (Triples, Fours), Ioane Inatou (Triples, Fours), Team Manager-(Ladies) Anna Henry-Kairua, Team Manager-(Mens) Anthony Turua.
Netball Luciana Matenga (Captain), Anastasia Salanoa, Jasmin Forbes-James, Courtney Capper, Moana Glassie, Rochelle Teiri, Ashleigh Iro, Tehani Buchanan, Ernestina Bonsu-Maru, Natalia Short, Amelia Moetaua, Mariana Ngaputa, Team Manager-Mandy Souchon, Team Coach-Daly Atkinson, Team Physio-Pare Tangata.
Rugby League 9s Sirla Pera, Bobby Ryan Hansen, Ngamata Miriau, Thomas Toa, Mau George, Morey Vati, Bernard Faireka, Stanley Tobia, John Marsters, Peter Marsters, Eddie Nicholas, Bilsy Gukisuva, Hosea Taripo, Teu Paerau, Teina Savage, Team Manager-Charles Carlson, Team Coach-Albert Nicholas, Assistant Coach-Martin Mitchell.
Sailing Teau Mckenzie, Helema Williams, Taua Elisa, Joshua Ioane, Team Manager-Rory Quirke, Team Coach-Vanic Teina.
Touch Rugby (men) Andy Kapi, Apii Rau, Ngatupuna Joseph, Setephano Noovao, Thomas Potoru, Cahjun Willis, Benjamin Heather, Jason Potoru, Rangi Piri, Kristopher Williamson, Matamanea Matapakia, Hugh Henry, Sonny Nooroa, Teava Terangi, (women) Teiti-O-Te-Ra Tupuna Sunielia Tom, Julianne Westrupp, Jan Dawn Taia, Rimaati Moekaa, Taromi Urirau, Princess Adams, Dayna Napa, Hemilda Vavia, Ngapoko Kamana, Ngapare Noovao, Rangi Apera, Edith Nicholas, Alex Marsters, Team Manager-(Men) Simi Teiotu, Team Coach-(Men) Vase Samania, Team Manager-(Women) Tangata Samania, Team Manager-(Mixed Team) Laura Tauira, Team Coach-Mixed Team) Mark Brown, Team Manager-Daphne Hosking-Brown,
Oe Vaka (women) Paulina Beddoes, Annie Fisher, Serena Hunter, Joyce Fortes, Tara Cummings, Vaea Melvin, Teretahiti Rangi-Isaaka, Christine Thomas (men) Alister Webb, Fletcher Melvin, Tupuna Amo, John Beasley, John Raita, Hosea Nooapii, Team Manager-Danielle Cochrane.
Weightlifting –Phillipa Woonton (Women’s 75kg) , Luisa Peters (Women’s 75kg+), Team Manager-Unakea Kauvai.
SOURCE: COOK ISLANDS NEWS/.PACNEWS