KNOC in Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Kiribati amazingly had three athletes in Tokyo !more

Lataisi update July 06 2021

Lataisi Mwea has remained consistent before travelling to Tokyo.more


Lataisi Update March 16 2021

Lataisi Mwea is still in Australia ! And competing more regularly in the Australian summer !more

41st. Independence Anniversary Athletics Competition

In spite of the current closure of the National Stadium, Athletics lived !more

KAA AGM July 4th. 2020 (Updated 10/11/20)

KAA held its delayed, postponed Annual General Meeting on July 4th.2020more

KAA National Championships 2019 at Betio

A National Championships Meeting was held in November 2019more

Lataisi Mwea trains on Gold Coast from June 2019.

Male high jumper Lataisi Mwea has been training with OAAmore

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021

The Tokyo Organising Committee has postponed their 2020 Olympicsmore

Kiribati has a new Paralympic Committee !

The KNPC will be represented by two athletes in Tokyo !more

Tirioro and Tekua went to the Worlds in Doha 2019

Sprinter Tirioro competed in the M100m in Dohamore

The KNOC story from Apia 2019

Athletes for 10 sports were selected to compete in the 16th. Pacific Gamesmore

Six athletes went to Townsville in June 2019

A small delegation competed in the Oceania Area Championshipsmore

Trying to get to Arafura ! (Updated.)

Since February 2019, registration attempts have been mademore

Two golds for Nei (Ms.) Tekariti in Dubai !

The Special Olympics gave her the stage !more

Darina competed in 3rd. YOG in Argentina

Sprinter Darina McDermott went to Buenos Aires 2018more

Gold Coast 2018 KNOC catch-up

The report attached to this item show the KNOC impact !more

Four medals at the 9th. Micro Games in Yap

Medals in all three jumps and the sprint relay !more

New Gathering of Coaches

Coach Samasoni Nakala has been given this taskmore

KIPSAC kicks Primary Athletics into action

KAA staged the first Inter-Primary competition since 2009.more

KAA at AIMAG in Ashgabat 2017

A new venture for KAA saw them in Turkmenistan !more

Mobera at London World Championships

Mobera Tonana travelled to London with Peter Biratimore

Nei Kairao's work with Women in the Community

Supported by funding from Australia via the PSP programme, women are being encouraged to be more active in sport.more

KAA at the Oceania Championships 2017

Six athletes represented Kiribati in Fijimore

Yvonne and Sarah's visit and two courses

OAA Executive Director Yvonne Mullins visited KAA in May 2017more

Kids Athletics at St. John Bosco Primary

Treasurer Nei Kairao Tune arranged a session at this Primary in May 2017more

Progress Report from SDO Nooa Takooa

Nooa has produced this illustrated report of his work with Secondary Schoolsmore

Three new SDOs already working for KAA

Three new Sports Development Officers have been engaged by KAAmore

IAAF Athletics Olympic Dividend Grant approved

The first payment has been transferred by IAAFmore

KAA President aids Monaco decision-making

KAA President Peter Birati went to the IAAF Special Congressmore

The Rio adventure 2016

KAA had two representatives at the Olympics in Riomore

Taking up the Melanesia challenge (and results)

KAA challenged the Melanesia Region in Suva in July 2016more

World Athletics Day 2016

Kiribati was one of more than 150 countries to celebrate WAD againmore

Two to attend Jumps course in Fiji 2016.

Two KAA coaches have been accepted on the next OAA Jumps course in Suva.more

David's Visit in February 2016

In February 2016 former teacher-coach David Little visited Tarawa for three weeks. This is his report.more

Secretary Tekabara honoured by OAA

The work of Tekabara Raurenti has been recognisedmore

RIP Tonana George (Tioti)

Former President and coach of KAA has died.more

Kids' Athletics on North Tarawa 2015

This was the newspaper report on the first-ever Kids' Athletics competitionmore

Training Programme for Disabled athletes

A number of KAA officials met with Disabled athletesmore

Developments for Kids' Athletics and Disabled

Significant developments from recent Meetingsmore

Emphasis on the disabled

Kiribati AA intends to do more for the disabled athletesmore

Beijing result and comment

Kimwaua competed OK in the Qualification round but ...more

Off to Beijing 2015

KAA President and young sprinter Kimwaua Makin have left for Beijing.more

Mobera runs in Cali WYC 2015

Young sprinter Mobera Tonana competed in Colombia.more

Pacific Games 2015 in Port Moresby

Only a few athletes were part of the large Kiribati team in PNGmore

New HJ Record at the OAA in Cairns

Seven KAA athletes attended the OAA Championships in Cairns 2015more

RIP Raobu

Difficult to understandmore

Team for OAA Championships in Cairns 2015

Oceania Area Championships in Cairns in May 2015.more

The new Executive team for 2015-16

Some changes were made at the AGM on March 21st.more

National Championships 2014

The competition was held on Tarawa on December 26th. 2014.more

Two more Level 3 coaches

Now KAA has two coaches qualified to develop their MD and LD athletes.more

Glasgow images

Herewith a range of images from the XX Commonwealth Gamesmore

The KAA in USA for the first time !

The World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July 2014more

And so to Glasgow 2014

Three male athletes are part of the Kiribati CGA team to the 2014 Commonwealth Gamesmore

Teebwaki in the Gold Coast Asics Half-Marathon.

Teebwaki Kenneth went to Gold Coast to run an OAA Half-Marathonmore

Chasing a cow in Cook Islands

A small team went to the Cook Islands for the Oceania Championshipsmore

The new KAA Executive for 2014 - 15.

On March 22nd., the KAA AGM elected some new Officers to their Executive.more

Kimwaua in Sydney for YOG Oceania Trials

KAA Committee Member Tonobwa took an athlete to the YOG Trialsmore

Poor John Ruuka !

Again athlete John Ruuka expected to compete but.......more

Successful IAAF CECS Level 1 course

A Level 1 Lecturer from Fiji visited Kiribati in January 2014 and supervised a successful course.more

TE RUNGA (Inter-Island Games) 2013.

Having been postponed from its due date in 2012, the latest Runga n Takakoro (Inter-Island Games) was held at the end of September 2013.more

First ever I-Kiribati DECATHLETE !

In the 9th. Pacific Mini Games in Wallis, Boitu became the first KAA athlete to attempt the Mens Decathlon.more

Off to Moscow - and the result !

KAA has decided on the Delegate to the IAAF Congress and the athlete to compete in the 14th. World Championships.more

Tahiti OAA results

The team of four males arrived safely and have begun to compete.more

Second Masters' Competition

Kiribati AA has staged its second Masters' Competition in the last six months.more

Utiraoi off to Ukraine and RESULT.

One male athlete has been entered by KAA in the World Youth Championships (WYC) in Donetsk, Ukraine in July 2013.more

Tahiti adventure

One official and four athletes are being funded by Oceania AA to attend the Regional Championships in Tahiti in June 2013.more

Delayed World Athletics Day 2013.

KAA evntually held a World Athletics Day (WAD) on June 8th.more

Possible Involvement in Masters' events ?

Having held a successful competition for older athletes, KAA is contemplating more involvement in Masters' Athletics in Oceania.more

National Championships 2012

Many of the current Kiribati internationals took part in the National Championships in December.more

Teebwaki to the IAAF Gala 2012

At last KAA has a lucky WAD draw winner.more

Top people in London Olympics.

Images of Ennis, Pistorius, and Bolt competing in London.more

Results from London Olympics

The results of the two athletes who competed in London.more

Welcome Party on July 25th.

These were some of the other people at the Welcome Party organised by BFK.more

Arrived in London

The Kiribati delegation has arrived in London to participate in the Olympic Games.more

Three new National Records at KISSAC

The 2012 Inter-Secondary Schools Championships produced three new NRs.more


Taking advantage of their enforced stop-over in Brisbane, Tebwao will compete in the OAA Half-Marathon.more

Days 2 and 3 at CAIRNS.

These are the results of the second and third days of OAA competition.more


Beginning the story of the KAA team in the latest OAA Championships.more

World Athletics Days Story 2012

Ms. Rusila Mwea (KAA Treasurer) organised two successful World Athletics Days in May.more

Images from World Athletics Day. Part 3.

More pictures from the annual WAD competition at the National Stadium in May 2012more

Images from World Athletics Day. Part 2.

These five images show Kiribati school athletes competing in events on World Athletics Day on May 12.more

Images from World Athletics Day. Part 1.

Preparations for World Athletics Day on Sat. May 12, plus two races.more

Images from the Road Race

Herewith a story in pictures.more

Road Race winner added to team

The winner of the recent Half Marathon has been entered for OAAmore

Yvonne finally gets to Kiribati !

The Executive Director of Oceania AA, Mrs. Yvonne Mullins, has finally fulfilled her ambition of visiting Kiribati.more

Aiming for Cairns in June.

KAA intends to send a total of five athletes to the OAA Championships.more

The Executive Committee for 2012-13.

Mr. Tonana George returns to the Executive as President.more

Two from KAA to WIC 2012 in Istanbul.

Mr. Nooa Taakoa and Ms. Etita Tio have been entered for the 60m. sprint at the World Indoor Championships, and they are accompanied by Mr. Eneree Tataio as coach.




Minister as Acting KAA president

The KAA president Mr Eneree Tataio is currently taking an absence from his KAA position as he had been assigned to .....


2011 KAA Championship

KAA Championship is coming up on Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th of November 2011. 


One more Level 3 Coach

In a recent course (completed Oct. 02, 2011) KAA gained one more Level 3 Coach.


Pacific Games in New Caledonia

Two athletes travelled with the Kiribati team to Noumea, New Caledonia, for the Pacific Games 2011.


Results from Daegu 2011

As usual, two sprinters were selected to compete for Kiribati in the World Championships.


Enoka in France

KAA was represented at the World Youth Championships in Lille, France.


First venture into Oceania West !

KAA maintained its reputation of getting medals at sub-Regional level.


New Faces in KAA Executive 2011


End of an era - probably !

The Secretary of Kiribati Athletics Association, David Little, has returned to U.K. after 14 years of living, teaching, coaching, and helping generally in Kiribati.      



Kiribati in Delhi.

Three of our senior athletes travelled with the 26-strong National team to the XIX Commonwealth Games in Delhi.more

Long-distance - for a few !

In spite of radio announcements only three showed for the Road Races today (Oct. 16)more

KAA Pentathlon 2010

A disappointing turn-out, but credit to those who came.more

Te Runga Athletics 2010

The bi-ennial, two-week, Inter-Island multi-sport Championship is now half-way through (Sept. 25). Here it is called "Te Runga n Takakaro".more

Three silvers, one bronze, and one NR in Cairns.

In the OAA competition in Cairns, I-Kiribati athletes have won three silver medals and one bronze, and broken one National Record.more

Six to Cairns for OAA

We have selected and sent six athletes plus two coaches to the Oceania Open and under-20 Championships in Cairns, North Queensland.more

Kaitinano's baby !

Our first Olympian is due to become a "Mum" later this month.more

First-ever Youth Olympics !

We were lucky enough to be able to get two of the "Universality" places out of the four which were offered for the sports in Kiribati, and so travel to Singapore for the first Games.more

Analysing the Palau results.

An analysis of the Palau results by comparison with Kiribati National Records.more

Inter-School Results from July 7 - 9 2010.

We now have the results of the first two in each event, except the IG 3000m.more

Why no team in Palau ? (and MGC Meeting)

Why did Kiribati not send a multi-sport team to the 7th. Micronesian Games in Koror, Palau this year (2010) ?more

Independence 2010 Results.

Following the Inter-School competition last week, for which we so far have no results, KAA organised a multi-age-group event to celebrate the 31st. Anniversary of Kiribati Independence.more

Bukitaua in Canada

Young athlete Bukitaua Tiire travelled to Moncton, Canada, with the Oceania team to compete in the World Junior Championships in July.more

Recovery !

The Secretary, having spent an unplanned 5 months in UK, has returned to Tarawa.more

KAA Championships

For some time, we have planned to hold these on the evening of Friday, May 28 and the morning of May 29. Well .....more

World Athletics Days 2010

These did not quite go as planned !more

Elected to the KAA Executive.

A number of elections were held at the recent KAA AGM.more

Problem for the Secretary !

KAA Secretary, David Little, has had an unforeseen stay in U.K.more

Two to Oceania under-18s

Thanks to Oceania AA, we were able to send an official and two athletes to Sydney in March.more

PB for George in Doha.

Running in the 60m. Heats in the World Indoor Championships in Doha, George Pine set a new PB.more

George off to the Desert !

Emerging sprinter George David Pine has been selected to travel with the Oceania group to compete in the World Indoor Championships in Doha in March.more

A different Saturday !

The year is winding down but still they come !more

And then ONE came !

To make Saturday morning worthwhile, one female athlete came and did some work !more

The November Problem.

A piece of verse to point out the way some athletes think.more

Primary Championships 2009

A short Heats Meeting and longer Finals morning attracted eight schools (out of twelve) to participate this year.more

Banrenga on the road.

Images of Banrenga during and after her race.more

Long-Distance Road Races 2009.

Even with only one in each race, it was worth staging them !
(Images of Kaboka at the start, just finished, and receiving his "kaniwanga" from Kaeka.)more

Uninterrupted Pentathlon - well, nearly !

Except for the intrusion of a truck on the track during the Boys' 800m., our Junior Pentathlon was completed satisfactorily !more

Only Kaitinano on the final day !

25-year-old Kaitinano showed that training and performance are possible beyond the school environment.more

Raobu smashes his own NR.

Having put behind him the disappointment of not setting a PB in the Javelin, Raobu Tarawa puts another half-metre onto his own MShot NR.more

Stunning Record for Ruti.

In her first-ever race at 5000m. and her first overseas experience, 14-year-old Ruti Ioneba wrote her name in the Kiribati record books.more

First up for Kiribati !

In the 8th. Pacific Mini Games being held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Beteru Ateri will be first to compete in Athletics for Kiribati, in his Heat of the 110m. Hurdles.more

Joyce in her first international !

Ms. Tioiti (Joyce) Katutu raced well in her Heat of the W100m. in Berlin.more

Is Usain scared ?

Nooa Takooa challenged the best in the world when he went down on his blocks in the Heats of the 100m. in Berlin.more

ZERO TOLERANCE - a mistake ?

On Day 1 of the IAAF Congress in Berlin, the "False Start" Rule was amended again !more

National Record for Kiakia in M400.

Capping the achievements of the Kiribati athletes on Day 3 of the Micronesia Championships on Gold Coast, Kiakia Tekambwa won the Final of the M400m. in a new NR of 51.98.more

More happiness on Day 2 of MAC !

Thursday (Aug.06) brought more success to our athletes and joy to the supporters !more

Micro success on Day 1 on Gold Coast.

On Day 1 (Tuesday August 04) in the Micronesia Athletics Championships (MAC) being staged on Gold Coast in conjunction with the OAA Grand Prix, plus the Melanesia and Polynesia Championships, Kiribati athletes have achieved early success.more

Another saga unfolds !

Yet again, a KAA team encounters a few problems !more

ANOTHER N.R. - This one was hiding !

Apologies to Ms. Kaingauee David ! Her remarkable JG 400m. run in 1-07.5 should have been recognised earlier !more

Independence 2009.

Another long day in the sun, but worth it !more

KISSAC (Inter-School) 2009 Results.

A summary of the results of KISSAC showing an imrpoving standard and level of competition.more

The key background officials.

No event like the Kiribati Inter-School (KISSAC) can function without competent staff in key roles.more

Win number NINE !

St. Louis High School has managed to keep producing a winning team for the last nine years.more

Three National records in the Inter-School !

International athlete Raobu Tarawa with best-ever MShot and MDiscus performances, plus the Open Girls 4 x 400m. Relay team from Government school EBS, achieved the highest standard efforts during the recent Kiribati Inter-Secondary Schools' Championships (KISSAC) by setting National Records.more


Having been forced by the rain last Wednesday to go into the maneaba, we found it was an excellent High Jump "theatre" !more

Personal best for Uaati in Italy !

Uaati Iaaro achieved a PB in the World Youth Championships in Sudtirol, Italy, last Wednesday, July 08.more

Up-grading the track.

Asking one Ministry has resulted in another Ministry starting work on an up-grade of the basic facilities.more

TRIALS 7 (July 2009)

Most athletes trained with their own school teams.more

Olympic (Anniversary) Day 2009

We decided to stage a "Fun Run" after work on June 23rd.more

A struggle to hold our Championships - but we finished !

Due to more clashes with other users (Football), it was a struggle to complete our annual Championhips programme.more

World Athletics Day 2 2009 - and no clashes !

This time it was just Athletics !more

Two to the Congress.

Secretary David Little and new Committee member Kaeka Temoai have travelled to Gold Coast to the 2009 Oceania AA Congress.more

World Athletics Day 1. 2009.

As last year, today (Saturday May 02)we held the first of two Meetings for the more Junior age-groups.more

Introducing the new President of KAA

As the result of an EGM last Saturday, we have a new (interim) President. (Photo: Announcing the results at WAD 2 on May 16.)more

KAA April Trials.

Under pressure from another Stadium booking, we managed to complete a number of events, including a WYC Selection Trial.more

The BURST has continued !

With the majority of Secondary Schools having groups training for their domestic Inter-Team competitions in the past two months, it has been a hive of activity !more

A burst of activity !

In the last four weeks there has been a huge increase in participation and activity.more

Trials 2 - in preparation phase !

Numbers coming training are building rapidly but not many are tempted to compete yet.more

Thank you Tanroo, etc.

A hard core of athletes has started serious preparation training again.more

A bionic knee !

The KAA Secretary (David Little) had a total knee replacement operation in Brisbane on January 8th.more
Not a perfect technique !

Final Trials 2008 - or that was the idea !

Following a tail-off in training, only one Senior athlete came to today's Trials.more
No-one in sight !

Must we start again ?

A sad poetic end to the year !more
Kiribati team - going where  ?

The International Calendar - a bit of a mess !

In the next few years, we have some unenviable choices to make !more

It's all gone quiet !

Following the rush of activity to organise and stage the Inter-Island "Runga" last month, Athletics has taken a back seat !more
Learning about the Relay

While they were here !

The Inter-Island Championships (Runga) finished on Nov. 15 but some teams are still here. (24/11)more
Makin women the best !

And the Womens' results !

Several new faces among the winners ! Excellent !more
Makin wins overall

Te Runga - detailed results.

Now you can see the quality of some of the performances.more
Tonika and Rabangaki in M200.

Te Runga (Inter-Island Championship) 2008

Last weekend we staged the 2008 Athletics Runga, part of the bi-ennial Inter-Island, multi-sport competition.more
Raobu in the Shot

Safely home - and eventually with baggage !

The travel experiences mount up - why only half (8) of the bags reached Brisbane with the group ! Two days later the rest caught up !
(And a few more Pune pictures.)more
HJ group being briefed.

When will the problems end ?

14 people reached Brisbane from Singapore, but eight bags did not accompany them !more
Weight-Lifting Hall after 77 kg. medals

Closing and impressions.

Another lavish Ceremony brought the CYG in Pune to a close last night.more
Welcoming wavers !

Pune school visit.

All 71 countries visiting Pune had been twinned with a Pune school.more
0700 Daily TMs Meeting

Pune up-date.

The results of our Athletics efforts at the CYG in Pune.more
At Bonriki in early morning kit !

In Fiji - heading for Pune.

The Kiribati multi-sport team is currently in Nadi, Fiji, en route to Melbourne - Singapore - Mumbai and then to Pune for the 3rd. Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG).more
Senior Girls Relay - Abaunamou

Inter-Primary 2008.

The sun shone, the athletes used up loads of energy competing and shouting, and the grass roots received some fertiliser !more
The bell in the M1500m.

KCY Competition - and some results.

The day was blessed - of course - and some performances were competitive !more
Teams march past at the Opening.

Catholic Youth - on holiday - and running ?

Next Wednesday (Sept. 03) the Kiribati Catholic Youth (KCY) will hold their Inter-Parish Athletics competition. (Up-date with photos)more
Not classic but trying !

Life goes on !

Even as we wait to welcome back our Olympic delegation, thoughts turn to the grass roots and the Inter-Primary 2008.more
Happier times - at OAA Opening.

KAITINANO - an answer.

The latest information is that Ms. Kaitinano (our first Olympian) was sick again while transiting through Fiji and was diagnosed as having a serious illness.more
Always well-prepared !

Rabangaki's season's best !

Running in Heat 3 of the M100 this morning in Beijing, Rabangaki clocked a season's best of 11.29.more
400H first barrier in Saipan

What ! Kaitinano not there ???

Communication breakdown tantamount to failure has resulted in us "at home" only being informed TODAY that our female sprinter did not actually make it to Beijing !more
Dance practice for Kaitinano.

Beijing Profiles.

A summary of the achievements so far of our representatives in Beijing.more
Aritana the academic !

We still had Trials 7 - a week late !

After the deluge last Friday and Saturday, we started early this morning (August 2nd.) and managed to do a variety of events.more
Coach Rabangaki telling them how.

Struggling to reach Beijing !

Is it KAA or is it me ? All our trips seem to become sagas !more
Not quite as bad as it used to be !

Conducive to training ? Well maybe !

The heaviest prolonged rain for months has cancelled our Trials Meeting today !more
Pull-ups for Raobu.

Training for Pune - the regime starts !

Raobu and David have been given serious training schedules for the twelve weeks before departure to Pune.more
Regina in the Discus

Less able - but so keen !

The disabled people of Te Toamatoa Group showed that they can be as enthusiastic athletes as anyone else.more
Thank you lunch at Mary's.

Independence Athletics 2008

This year we have been given a morning for our events.more
Girls' Shot.

Comment on Inter-School Day 2.

A hotter day with much hot competition.more
Tinamwe and other vital Recorders.

News from the Inter-School.

For results from the annual Inter-Secondary School Championships, refer to the Inter-School 2008 page next week. This item is purely descriptive.more
The warriors performing

Recalling the Opening Ceremony in Saipan.

A typical but enjoyable Saipan entertainment !more
A useful ukelele !

An uneventful journey home ?

Could this be, of recent times, our first journey without problem ?!more
A brave lady and the two who beat her !

And on Day 3 in Saipan !

Amazingly, after asthma, Kaitinano ran for a bronze. And amazingly after yesterday, Kiakia ran bravely for another bronze !more
Tierata presenting the Octathlon medals.

So near, so far !

Rabangaki was only 26 points behind the overall winner in the Octathlon, repeating his OAA silver medal in the event.more
The HJ medallists

Another piece of history !

On his first-ever international, David Birati won the first-ever GOLD MEDAL for Kiribati at Oceania level (and equalled the National Record).more
GP 200m. hits the straight.

Grand Prix Day 2 - three more PBs !

On the second Grand Prix Day (Monday June 23) the KAA athletes picked up three more PBs.more
Raobu putting for a new PB.

First PB - after only four hours sleep !

One of our three new internationals competed in Shot Putt at the OAA Grand Prix and hit his target of a PB.more
Team Meeting

Preparing for departure to Saipan.

Now we have passports and tickets, we pray for reliable flights !more
Rabangaki stoking up for Beijing !

Local medicines - are there WADA tests ?

On the OACA web-site, there is an article about the unknown effects of local treatments, and the impracticality of testing for them.more
Where can he throw ?

Running out of space !

As our Kiribati Discus throwers become more proficient, we are in danger of threatening the local traffic !more
Tanroo (left) on a winning Relay leg !

Challenging Oceania !

We intend that our limited (size) team will have a positive impact in Saipan !more
Kaitinano - not thinking about the Olympics !

Saipan first, then Beijing !

The two athletes we have targeted for Beijing will first test themselves at the Oceania Meeting in Saipan next month.more
David winning again - in tights !

Day 2 Results and more images !

As you will see, a mixture of quality in the results.more
W4 x 400 first change.

KAA Day 2.

When they put themselves forward, the stars shone again !more
Winner Kaitinano at 1.30

First-ever KAA Championships !

At times in the past, when we had to hold them separate from the Inter-Island multi-sport Runga, these have been the "Tarawa Championships".more
GShot.   Spot the ball !

.....And the presentations !

Our new Treasurer, Rusila, did the announcing honours - and provided the refreshments !more
Officials are vital !

WAD 2 results.

This is a summary of the winning performances on Day 2.more
G1000m. approaching

WAD Day 2

Kaminihi stars again.more
The Lenovo !

Our new computer

After seven tropical years, our original hard drive softened a little !more
A too-low TJ !

The story of Day 1.

In spite of heavy rain last night and more showers this morning, we completed our programme.more
Triple Jump take-off

World Athletics Days in Kiribati. Part 1.

As last year, anticipating large numbers, we have divided our efforts for WAD into two parts, depending on age-group.more
David jumping clear.

April Trials

The track is wearing badly - but this is the story of Trials 4 2008 !more
Prayer at the gas station !

Top school gets into gear !

St. Louis High School Inter-School squad launched its campaign today.more
Gathering !

Bonea putting himself forward !

Already known as an Intermediate (u-18), Bonea Tokataake (DOB 21-12-89) returned to throwing training today.more
From behind the mat.

Bound for Pune - David jumping for Joy !

David Birati (pronounced BEE-rass) is working hard to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games Athletics in Pune, near Mumbai, India, in October.more
Controlling that falling feeling !

A new training for Pole Vault !

Some of the same boys who were somersaulting on the beach (see earlier story) transferred their skills to the Boat Channel Bridge on the main causeway !more
Mikaere wins the 800.

St. Louis results (winners) and photos.

Herewith a summary of results from the SLHS Meeting last week.more
Hello Andrew - and Goodbye !

Top school domestic + old boys !

The top Secondary School for Athletics, St. Louis High School, held its Inter-Team competition, with the addition of a team of former students !more
Malita wind-up !

Trials 3 - Planets and little stars !

The monthly Trials Meeting gave a chance for the big stars to test themselves and the lesser lights to have a competition !more
Benny in space !

Our first Pole Vaulter ? Maybe !

From the voluntary group of young gymnasts pictured in the photos may emerge our first pole vaulter !more
A welcome lunch !

Thanks for offering !

We had lunch to say "Thanks !" to the new faces on the Committee !more
Some new faces !

A new-look Committee !

At the AGM held yesterday, a number of "new faces" became part of the Executive Committee.more
A victor at MAC Guam.

A little piece of History !

Participation by Rabangaki in the 60m. in Valencia was another little piece of Kiribati Athletics history !more
An earlier practice !

How will he fare in Valencia ?

Rabangaki Nawai, aged 22, has gone to Spain to compete in the World Indoor Athletics Championships, the first-ever I-Kiribati to compete indoors.more
More block starts for Rabangaki et al.

Back to the grind-stone !

The past week has seen a return to action of a number of senior athletes plus a new influx for the Trials today.more
Teetu - best boy and overall winner.

The F4 beach run winners - and Tonika !

Subsequent photos of the boy and girl who were the best Form 4 runners in the beach run on Feb. 8th.more
Mikaere going sub-2.20 in 2008 ?

More on the rising stars.

More photos of Mikaere.more
Fast feet on the cones.

Rising stars !

Mikaere and Toonika (Courage Award last year) are in serious training for the 2008 season.more
Gathering for the start.

This was a Fun Run ???

To get our new Form 4 students used to being at the best Athletics school, more than 130 of them did a Fun Run - on the beach !more
Launching the Vortex.

Junior (Tunia) is BACK !

The current holder of the National Record for MHammer Throw has returned to training !more
Warm-up with Eneree.

Primary Schools' workshop competition.

At the end of a 12-day Athletics workshop, a competition was organised for the participants.more
The ultimate target !

Do you have this problem ?

We are almost out of petrol !more
Rab (with cap) happy about the 4 x 100 !

Rabangaki off to Valencia !

After his outstanding contribution to our success in Guam, and in our 60m. Trials, Rabangaki Nawai has been entered for the 60m. in Valencia in March.more

ADO's Primary Schools' Camp.

Our Development Officer, Tierata Taukaban, is holding a 12 session Camp for Primary School students during their holidays.more
David swings !

It's Hammer again !

After our initial burst of enthusiasm with Hammer Throw, there were some doldrums !more
Could one of these reach Olympic

New Qualification for Olympics from 2012 ?

We understand that London 2012 has proposed to change the ability of Track and Field Athletics to have, by automatic invitation, two competitors in the Olympic Games !more
Parliament House

Announced in Parliament !!

How often is a Budget Debate adjourned to the sound of applause ?more
Burai and Beteru after the HJ

Safely home again !

After another demonstration of I-Kiribati hospitality in Majuro, and a minimum of drama at the airport, we finally touched down again in Tarawa.more
100m. Heat victory,

Some more pictures !

Not a new story, but with much to celebrate, we celebrate with the athletes in their moment of glory !more
A man among boys !   Rabangaki won the Discus.

At least one medal each !

We maintained our place as probably the best all-round Mens'team in Micronesia.more
Burai on Triple Jump

MAC Results Day 1.

Within 24 hours of arrival, the KAA athletes were performing in Guam.more
Thanks to Air Kiribati !

...And here we are in Majuro !

Compared with what went before, from early yesterday (Dec.11), life has been relatively smooth !more
We hope to read this sign again !

Whisper it ! We're going to Guam !

After drama has built on drama for the past five weeks, we now actually have a departure time !more
Only 90m. to go !

The Toamatoa (EAD) event.

A range of disabilities did not dim the enthusiasm of the Toamatoa Disabled Group, nor their support for each other !more
Mareta's new angle !

New angle on Shot Putt ?

You know those beginners who cannot get any lift from their legs nor good angle of release ?more
Riani coaching Hurdles

Officials on course !

Three of the officials of KAA are currently in Brisbane for CECS Courses.more
Ieie training for Guam

Limited numbers but fair quality !

With only the Guam Squad in regular training, the numbers at Trials 11 were limited. But there were good performances.more
Too high on Set

Starting practice.

Ieie Matang, our fastest sprinter in Melbourne in 2006, is working at his technique.more
Well, the swimmers shave !

Faster (?) and higher !

The KAA squad training for M.A.C. in Guam is using unconventional and conventional ideas !more
Tearoba stabilising !

Kiribati Team for MAC in Guam. (PRAYING !)

We have been trying to arrange our travel to get to the Micronesian Athletics Championships (MAC) in Guam in December.more
Tiim training for MAC

Getting ready for MAC in Guam.

The KAA Executive Committee has nearly completed a selection of athletes to compete in the Micronesia Championships in Guam in December.more
QSAC  Lecture

Registering with Oceania Athletics Coaches Assocn.

OACA has a new web-site. To get access to the contents, you need to register.more
Rabangaki in Samoa 2006.

90-minute Pentathlon !

Due to another clash (this time with Football) we had to compress five events into 90 minutes !more
Tearoba leading the way.

Core stability ?

Training for Guam includes keeping your balance and making the legs work !more
Two Presidents !

The new A.D.O. for Micronesia.

The current KAA President, Tierata Taukaban, has been contracted to KAA as the new Athletics Development Officer for the south of Micronesia.more
Marching in !

Why no Pentathlon ?!

Bully-boy tactics or just bad communication ? We may never know !more
Getting there !

Developing new talent.

Tonika Aretema was already a fair young sprinter (11.9/25.0), but now....!more
Cool under the clouds !

Dream Runs 2007 !

Tomorrow we will stage the eighth running of the Dream Runs. And it sort of happened !more
Shot performance.

Only four came back !

In spite of everything, we managed to complete an Inter-Primary competition !more
Crashed out in Nauru !

Home at last - and "Thanks, Minister !"

After waiting unnecessarily for five hours at Nauru airport, we arrived home to a Ministerial Reception !more
Seven hours at Faleolo airport, Apia.

Not home yet !

Yet another saga develops !more
Group at Papasee'a with Kalolo and David.

Home tomorrow !

Actually we leave Samoa tomorrow (Monday Sept.10) and arrive just over three hours later in Tarawa on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 11th.) -if the charter flight comes !more
The NR quartet !

Can any country beat TEN ?

Kiribati athletes set or broke ten National Records in the 13th. SPG in Samoa, making 2007 our most successful year in terms of improvement in standards.more

The target was realistic but...

Experience and disappointment can be hard masters in the school of life !more

Now we have EIGHT (NRs. broken or set here !)

The athletes continue to re-write the KAA Record book !more

Kaitinano the best on Day 3.

Adding another National Record to her excellent performances, Kaitinano ended Heptathlon Day 1. in 5th. place.more
NR in the Heptathlon Hurdles.

Two more for the record !

Day 3 at Apia Park has already yielded two more National Records for Kiribati athletes, both in Hurdles events !more
The gifted Nemeth !

Thanks Janelle !

In Samoa last December, we mentioned having a shortage of javelins !more
Tearoba at his 400m. Heat finish and NR !

Another National Record goes ! (Day 2 up-date.)

New boy Tearoba Takeruru ran with determination to break the existing NR for M400m. in his Heat this morning at Apia Park. Then Kaboka survived his first 10K. on the track !more
Taanini the supporter !


New boy Taanini gave us a fantastic start to the track programme by smashing his PB and the National Record for M800m. in Apia.more
Kava - and fun - in the Gym while we waited !

Opening of SPG 2007 !

Too long - and bizarre - and we did not see much of it !more
A little high maybe ?

Making sharp progress !

Fairly predictably, that headline must be about somebody performing in the Javelin !more

...Meanwhile in Osaka !

While the athletes wait in Apia, their friends have been performing in the World Championships in Osaka.more
Mormon College field.

Training and supporting !

Uncertainties about training facilities have now been clarified.more
Dance practice in a dorm !

We're here !

The whole delegation (41) is now together, in converted class-rooms of a Primary School, in four dormitories - but VERY near the food !more
Very happy athletes !

Half-an-hour to spare !

In typical fashion, the funding we needed became available only 30 minutes before the airline's deadline this afternoon !more
'appy Eneree 'oping !

Maybe tomorrow !

It gets worse ! If the Government thought it worth granting 50% of the requested funding, why is it not yet released ?!more
On the way up !

Thought transference ?

Can we have mental communication from here to Cairns ? (Oh yes, and Kaitinano is training hard on Hurdles !)more
Tiim at Bairiki

Shot land-mark !

Tiim Romatoa (training for Samoa) putt the Shot over 13m. in a Special Trial today.more
Good luck from the family !

Cairns-bound for the Grand Prix ! Up-date !

Beteru and Buraieta have passports, visas and money. And the tickets were there - well, one-way, to Brisbane ! (What's an E-ticket ?)more
Fletcher on course !

This is only the first of four !!

On Tuesday, Aug. 7th. at 0730, two of KAA officials fly to Brisbane. But for some inspired intervention, their tickets would still be locked up in Customs at the airport !more
Rongoona PB in 1500.

Sparsely populated Trials 7.

This was almost "going through the motions" !more
Yes, leader !

Preparing for Samoa. (Up-date.)

An almost-complete Squad meeting has crystallised our thinking !
And later Youth Day races revealed some form !more
Karakoa (check shirt) on earlier course.

Busy busy August !

With a Lecturers' Course and three overseas trips, the logistics for August travel need to be well-organised !more
Banrenga on the back straight.

Back to a Trials format.

For Day 2 (Saturday July 14th.) we reverted to our normal Trials -type programme.more
Leaders returning on the Causeway.

Sunrise Racing !

For the Juniors (under-17) we had racing on the Causeway to the Boat Channel Bridge and back !more
M1000m. after 200m.

Day 1. and other excitements !

Kaitinano and many of the established other stars took most of the prizes.more
St. Joseph's

Independence 2007.

Late production of programmes is becoming a disease ! (Photos show camping and action from Day 1. Friday July 13.)more
Essential paperwork !

One competition too late !

The fantastic news from Ostrava is that Tanroo achieved the AUTOMATIC qualifying time for the M100m. in the WYC Heats....BUT not BEFORE the event ! (Photo of Tanroo signing the Oz Transit visa form.)more
Buraieta hits 6m.

A close contest - but St. Louis victorious again !

In spite of losing key athletes to other schools this year, we still managed to beat our closest rivals.more
IG 100m. start.

Inter-School Day 1 - a rescue from disaster !

You know it was a mistake to expect anything here to start at 0700 a.m. if it involves more than one group !!more
New on the Committee

New Committee Member.

One of our recent "new faces" has decided to resign because he is heavily involved with his main sport "Table-Tennis". We are lucky to be able to replace him.more
Watch it go !

Our first 40m. Intermediate !

After much practice and training, Itinikaeti joins the top throwers.more
The joy of involvement !

Other Nauru scenes.

The disabled were not forgotten and we socialised too !more
Three best men !

On the podium in Nauru.

The Kiribati runners were on top but others too enjoyed success !more
Tekooki wins !

Mission accomplished !

We were invited to send athletes to Nauru for their "Olympic Day" Road Race. We did.more
Banrenga in Tri-Rigger

Olympic Day Run in Nauru.

Countries outside Nauru have been invited to send athletes to compete in the Olympic Day 5k. Road Race on June 23rd.more
The Nauru stretch !

Joy with Nauru !

Once the competition was finished there was the hospitality, both ways !more
4 x 400 presentation.

Six Kiribati NRs on Day 2 !

Kaitinano was in stunning form to help in breaking four of the NRs set on Day 2 of the first-ever Tri-Rigger Championships.more
TriRigger Opening

Tri-Rigger Day 1.

They arrived, settled in, ate, slept a little and competed. (Nauru !)more
Track marking for an earlier occasion.

On their way !

The Tri-Rigger team from Nauru is expected to arrive at 0600 tomorrow morning !more
Tekooki in Samoa


It seems as if it will be Bi-Rigger after all !more
Eneree and Kakianako

Helping to decide the future of sport in Kiribati.

Three members of KAA attended the first part of the AGM of KNOC for 2007.more
Welcome to Majuro !

Tri-Rigger .....or only Bi-Rigger ?!

A change of schedule in an e-mail circular from "Our Airline" yesterday made it unlikely that the Marshall Islands team can get here for June 15th.more
100m. - from a distance !

MAY TRIALS - some steps forward !

This Meeting was fairly poorly attended but some of those who came made significant progress !more
Making decisions !

Backward Development !

We knew there was a problem when a Ministry removed the word "Development" from its name !more
Victors at NC 2007

National Record on Day 2.

We targetted a soft Relay record and challenged the boys to beat it !more

More clashes for the Nationals !

Having thought we had sorted out any possible clashes with Football, our Nationals Part 1. was seriously delayed by yet another clash !more
David at Level 5 !

PLEASE Read the OACA Newsletter !

We are starting to assemble a May edition of the OACA Newsletter.more
Boys' 1500m. after 300m.

World Athletics Day 2.

In spite of our public Promotion on Wednesday, the athletes were slow to arrive. But eventually we had a good competition.more
Riani on Hurdles

Big public promotion !

With our second World Athletics Day on Saturday and National Championships and Tri-Rigger International in the near future, we decided to promote KAA in the main Square !more
Track widening

Thanks for the up-grade !

The main Government school has arranged for an up-grade of the track prior to their domestic Inter-Team competition.more
Rebeta at Bairiki

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

Please refer to the World Athletics Day 2007 section for a little background information. Our first competition (of two) was yesterday.more
Relay start !

St. Louis 2007 Champs. Days 1. and 2.

As the Champion School for the last several years, our Inter-Team results must give a useful guide about current form of many of the top athletes.more

We met the deadline - did you ?

After urgent reminders from Yvonne, our Preliminary information for Osaka went today !more

Happy Easter !

We wish all our cosmopolitan readers a happy celebration of the supreme sacrifice !more
Who's the foreman ?

New Office Works !

After a pause for breath (and money !), we decided to get on with more conversion of the new KAA office.more
You can only do your best !

New (Acting) President for OACA !

In view of the decision by Tony Rice (President of OACA) to step down on health grounds, David Little has agreed to fill the post on an "Acting" basis.more
So we did not run today !

March Trials - Field only !

Due to the persistent low pressure over Tarawa this week, producing buckets of rain, a large percentage of the track is under water.more
Just for fun !

Why are they strong ?

Herewith one reason why I-Kiribati children have strong upper bodies !more
Wrong shorts !

Celebrating three score and ten !

The Secretary passes a life milestone !more
'appy Eneree !

New faces !

After the recent AGM, we have some new faces on the KAA Executive.more
Had to be handwritten !

AGM 2007.

As scheduled in the KAA Constitution, we have held our AGM for 2007.more
This was the Congress !

Tri-Rigger Championship.

Following discussions during the recent Oceania Congress and Seminar, Kiribati has agreed to host the first Tri-Rigger Championship.more
All neatly DOWN !

Another look at that fence (Part 3.)

More evidence of what happened to another part of that fence !more
Chainless fence !

Broken fence = much traffic. (Part 2.)

Because of bad design, the 2001 frence was deliberately broken down within two weeks by truck drivers wishing to drive "where they want" !more
Goodbye Lanes 5 and 6 !

Our traffic problem ! (Part 1.)

This will show the damage being caused to our "track" by selfish drivers !more
Tim in Samoa !

February Trials - why so inactive ?

We had loads of athletes, but only nine competing !more
Waiting happily !

No saga this time - we hope !

A little trauma for Simon !more
Robin and the others !


The representatives of the nations of Micronesia have met and aired some views ! Plus we have a new Rep. on the OAA Council !more
Not breakfast - but ...

...and there HE was at breakfast ! UP-DATE !

Lamine has arrived - and the photos do not lie ! (But you must wait for the photos ! Sorry !)more
Lamine and KAA !

We're off to meet Lamine !

He is not "the wonderful Wizard of Oz"..... but he IS our LEADER !more
Enjoying the evening !

Our first Prize-Giving !

KAA staged its first-ever recognition of Athletes and Coaches.more
Our taxi !

Our OBAS transport !

The Air Kiribati plane - and Tarawa from the air (coming home !)more
Swinging on a stick !

Marakei Pole Vault boys !

These lads (and others) risked life and limb on a variety of sticks !more
A human carpet !

The Supercat experience !

Photos of the trip to Marakei.more
Using local resources !

The Marakei Saga !

This is the latest saga in the annals of KAA !more
Tierata and sprinters.

Level 5 Director of Coach Development.

Two of the KAA Committee are currently in Brisbane attending the first Level 5 Course in Oceania aimed at training Directors of Coach DEVELOPMENT !more
Books for Nonouti !

Taking the gospel to the outer islands !

We are blitzing the outer islands during the school holidays.more
Bent-arm commitment !

We've started Pole Vault - have you ?

Stimulated by witnessing (twice) demos. by Fletcher of how easy it is to teach Pole Vault, we started into the skills this morning !more
Tanroo signing his visa form !

Now we're off to Sydney ! (UP-DATE !)

Our fastest Youth sprinter and our main Sprints coach have been asked to join the Oceania (Islands) Team to the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) in Sydney this month.more
The scene at Ba !

KAA Results Round-up from Fiji / Samoa.

A comprehensive list of who of ours did what in the OAA Grand Prix and Championships.more

Please check Docs and Records.

Please click on the latest two items on our Docs and Records.more
This is KAA !

Home at last !

Having NEARLY made it on Thursday (Dec. 21), we actually got home for Christmas !more
Why Majuro ?

The Apia Saga concludes ! Well nearly !

The Saga of Kiribati at the OAA Championships in Apia is running to a conclusion ! Well, we thought it was !more

A Micronesia analysis from Samoa.

This is a mini-analysis of the top results from the OAA Championships just concluded in Samoa, as they affect Micronesia.more
Octathlon medals.

OAA Samoa Championships summary.

Three medals and six National Records must be a fair reward - but how much better could it have been ?more
Early training in Fiji !

Javelin National Record !

Rabangaki Nawai placed second in the Grand Prix Javelin event and broke his own NR by nearly 5m.more
KAA Choir in Apia !

Left behind again !

When companies deliberately overbook to cover their possible losses ...more
Tanroo in the Ba 100m.

News from Grand Prix.

So far we have not covered ourselves in glory !more
One short at Nadi !

One had to stay behind !

Senior thrower Tiim ROMATOA had to stay (for the time being) because his ticket had not yet arrived !more
Nearly in !

In communication !

The focal point of the office has been established again !more

Gold in the Disabled Games !

An I-Kiribati female athlete achieved GOLD in the Pacific Games for the Disabled in Kuala Lumpur.more
Good health !

Good luck in Fiji and Samoa !

Last night we had a farewell supper to wish ourselves all the best for the travelling, food, competition, etc. in the Oceania Grand Prix and Championships.more
Getting sorted !

Moving the office. Part 2.

So we cleared the old (falling-down !) office !more
Beteru wins LJ

Action from the Catholic Sports.

The athletes preparing for Samoa took time out to help their local parish teams.more

Thank you to our readers !

Even in a quiet month we are still averaging nearly 50 hits per day !more
Fletcher lecture

Bridging Course

Two of the Kiribati coaches attended the IAAF RDC Brisbane Bridging Course (CECS Level 1 - 2).more
View from the door.

Moving Office - part 1.

It took a long time, a bit at a time !more
Riani explaining $$.

Planning for 2007 !

Prompted by the needs of OAA (MF up-date)and looking ahead to the required completion of the A.R.F. for IAAF, we have begun the process of planning the Calendar and Budget for 2007.more
Tiim in training.

Team for Samoa.

With a closing date of Nov. 10th., we notified OAA early about our final selection for the OAA Championships in Samoa.more
Getting prepared !

Some tug but no war !

Today, Tug-of-War came again to Kiribati !more
Decision Centre !

Making decisions.

Our monthly Executive Meeting included an item on selecting a team for the OAA Open and Under-18 Championships in Samoa in December.more
Hurdles PB for Itaaka

Rabangaki clinches a place !

In the final Selection Trials before we selected the team for the OAA Open and Under-18 Championships in Samoa in December, multi-events gold-medallist Rabangaki Nawai performed well to clinch a place on the plane !more
This pin power !

Spreading the gospel !

This is the influence which a simple promotional pin can have !more
Our supporters !

Having to move (house x) office !

The building in which we are "officed" is in a dangerous condition - so we have to find a new "home" !more
The Champions 2006 !

We did it - more or less !

We actually managed to complete at least a Track programme for the Primary Schools !more
Beteru training.

Two to the Grand Prix - again !

Thanks to the OAA Council, two of our five nominees have been selected to participate in the 2006 OAA Grand Prix Series in December in Fiji and Samoa.more
Rabangaki reflecting !

Pentathlon 2006.

Six brave souls turned up in the morning sun and lasted the whole event !more
The VERY LATE box !

World Athletics Day 2006 - up-date !

Please check out the World Athletics Day 2006 file for a surprise up-date !more
21.1km. to go !

7th. Half-Marathon and 10K.

A habit (started on Marathon Day in Sydney 2000) continues as the Tarawa Dream Runs.more
View of 100m.

Washed out - but wait and see !

24 hours of rain took out the Primary Schools' Finals - for now !more

Four hours of noise, action and sun !

More than 150 Primary School voices screamed encouragement during their action-packed Heats.more
Sprinters with Lilly (c) and Mariuti (r)

Trials 9 - Sprinters and Shot.

On a partly-flooded track the sprinters and Shot putters managed to find some dry ground !more
Wet sprinters !

Training in the rain !

This is the DRY SEASON in Kiribati - but we had to train in the rain !more
Listening carefully !

Samoa Squad meets.

Communication seems difficult - but slowly the squad numbers build !
We met at the National Stadium to clarify the situation.more
Lilly back to training !

Life after "Te Runga" !

Now we get back to the normal routine ! The boxing ring has been moved. We CAN get to the storeroom ! Training begins again !more

Nadi Seminar impressions.

This was a great social occasion - and we learned a few things too, not all about Athletics !more

A microcosm of life !

Our experiences in Townsville included highs and lows !more

Thanks - to all concerned !

We wish to thank everyone associated with our invaluable Olympic experiences in Athens. Almost all the vibes were positive and we are still catching the echoes !
(Please look in Docs and Records.)more

The letter from the Netherlands.

A brilliant letter sent by a reader in Holland to our first Olympian, Kaitinano Mwemweata, in Athens, via KNOC.more

An ode to Athens.

A poetic journey.more

Training Sessions Pay Off

Athletics training sessions were conducted despite the rain but the venue was changed because of itmore
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