WORLD ATHLETICS DAYS in Kiribati. (Up-date.)

Rebeta at Bairiki
Mareta training


Last year (2006) when the IAAF organiser of WAD decided to offer two age-groups, we attempted to do both on one day.   We found it very difficult to control the numbers.

This year the organiser offered the choice of one age-group or the other.   So we decided to split it and have the first meeting tomorrow (May 05) for the "Schools" age-group (born in 1992 and 1993).   Events for them will be 80m., 150m., 1000m., Long Jump, and Shot, for Boys and Girls.   Of course this age-group only covers the athletes from JUNIOR Secondary Schools.

Then we organised a second meeting on May 12th. for the athletes born in 1990 and 1991.   This is the IAAF "Clubs" age-group, but of course goes into the lower end of the SENIOR High Schools, so is really a Schools' event as well !   Their events will be 100m., 400m., 1500m., Long Jump, and Discus, for Boys and Girls.


Due to a predicted clash with another organisation, the start of our activities was delayed until 10.00 am.   However, we had the benefit of their sound system and a larger audience !   We had more than 100 athletes register, from five Junior Secondary sections.   In the event, even on a dry, warm day, we lost a few.   Nevertheless 51 boys and 32 girls actually participated in one or more events.

The winners were:-

80m.    GIRLS.    Rebeta Mackenzie.   (93)   12.1 secs.             BOYS.    Mote Taranibeia.   (92)   9.9 secs.

150m.  GIRLS.    Mareta Berenato.      (92)   22.3 secs.             BOYS.    Toataake Teekea. (93)   18.9 secs.

1000m. GIRLS.   Teina Tewaaki.         (93)   4-01.5                    BOYS.    Tatoka Mwatiera.  (92)   3-19.0

LJ        GIRLS.    Taiauea Rameti.      (92)   4.12m.                   BOYS.    Tibwa Kakianako. (92)   5.21m. 

Shot.    GIRLS.   Rita Takaua.            (93)   9.70m.                   BOYS.    Moutu Taunganga. (92)  12.02m.

These will have the possibility of being in a lucky draw for a trip to a major IAAF event later in the year.


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