KAA at the OAA Area Championships staged at Townsville June 2019

Report by David Little using data from OAA in Townsville.  (June 29 2019)


KAA at the OAA Area Championships staged at Townsville, June 25-28 2019.

Nei Kairao Tune, current Secretary of KAA, was Team Manager for the six athletes who travelled to Townsville, N. Queensland, for this competition.  Between them they covered some Mens’ and Womens’ sprints, Mens’ LJ and HJ, and Mens’ Discus. They were:- Nei Ruta Tooma, Tirioro Kamoriki Willie, Biira Burennara, John Ruuka, Lataisi Mwea, and Tongalua Walker Tune.   Results:-



Name Pos/ Time/


Rank in event Comment
June 25
M 100m. Prelim 2 Biira 5/7 11.63 23/33 Q for SF
              Prelim 3 John 6/7 12.02 28 Non-Qual
              Prelim 4 Tirioro 6/7 11.60 22 Q for SF
June 26
M 100m. Semi F 2 Biira 7/8 11.56 21/24 Non-Q for Final
                          3 Tirioro 7/8 11.41 20 Non-Q for Final
M Long Jump Biira 11/11 5.90m.
June 27
U20 M High Jump Lataisi 4/5 1.88m. 1 jump from 3rd. !
SM 200m. Prelim 4 Tirioro 6/7 23.59 20/28 Non-Qual
June 28
U18W 200m. Prelim1 Nei Ruta 7/7 30.73 15/15 Non-Qual
Open M Discus Tongalua 8/8 23.79m. Not yet 18 !


A few other random points:-

  • Nei Ruta ran against a serious headwind of – 2.3 m/s   She had been entered for the u18W 100m. but missed that event; so OAA transferred her entry to 200m.
  • Tongalua will be 18 in August and was entered in the u20 Mens’ Discus.  He missed that event and his entry was transferred by OAA into the Open (Senior) Mens’ event, meaning he had to throw a 2 kg. (Senior) discus against Senior Men !   The fact that he then had 5 legal throws (out of 6) and threw over 23m. are all good signs for his future, if the experience did not upset or damage him !
  • Lataisi – current KAA National record-holder – jumped clear first time at heights up to 1.88m. but could not manage 1.91m. for a bronze medal !
  • John was the KAA male sprinter at the Rio Olympics in 2016 !
  • KAA male sprinters need to be sub-11 for 100m. to be competitive.  Maybe the newly-constructed RKU Stadium at Bairiki will give them the facility and encouragement !
  • There are three images: one with the flag and Oceania first-lady Yvonne at their “Welcome”; one of four males with Nei Kairao (L-to-R Biira, John, Nei Kairao, Tirioro, Lataisi); and Tongalua with Ruta.
  • The uniform (red vests and blue half-tights) was provided by David Little, to be stored by KAA and be available for future athletes.
  • We say “Tekeraoi ni kabane” and safe journey home !