Kiribati Athletics Team to Oceania Championships

From David Little.   04/05/14

The Kiribati Athletics Association (KAA) have selected the following team to travel to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, for the next Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) Open and under-20 Championships, being held from June 24 – 26.

  1. Nooa Taakoa.   The most experienced of the four male athletes, having competed in the 100m. at the London Olympics.   He has been entered for the Open 100m. and 200m.
  2. Kiatau Cama.   Also becoming more experienced and currently holder of the KAA National Record (NR) for the Mens’ 200m.   He has been entered for the Open 100m., 200m., and Long Jump.
  3. Utiraoi Takaria.   He represented KAA in the 100m. in the World Youth Championships in Ukraine last year.    He has the biggest commitment, having been entered for the u-20 100m., 200m., Long Jump and Triple Jump.
  4. Saalim Farouq.   This is the “new boy” of the team.    He has been entered for the u-20 100m., 400m., and Long Jump.

Finally these four, if they avoid injury, will make up the Open 4 x 100m. Relay team.

In charge of the trip this time will be Mr. Keukeu Tiimi, a teacher at JSS TUC1 with KAA Chief Coach and Vice-President Brian Fukuyama.   Keukeu was also one of the ten people who qualified on Tarawa in January this year as IAAF CECS Level 1 coaches.

Their results will be published in due course after the trip.