1985 Mini Games

 

Twenty-four years ago, in 1985 the Cook Islands hosted the second South Pacific Mini Games.
The six sports codes in the games were:
Athletics
Golf
Lawn Bowls
Netball
Rugby (15-a-side)
Tennis.
The sixteen countries and territories attending were:
Cook Islands
Kiribati
Tonga
Papua New Guinea
Fr Polynesia (Tahiti)
Marshall Islands
Solomon Islands
Niue
Wallis and Futuna
Fiji
Vanuatu
(Western) Samoa
American SamoaNorfolk Island
Nauru
New Caledonia 

 Papua New Guinea topped the medals with 13 golds, 12 silver and 12 bronze but Cook Islanders were happy with their haul of 6 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze. In fact we ended up level with regional big guns Fiji.

    Medal Total - 2nd Mini South Pacific Games

   GOLD  SILVER  BRONZE
Papua New Guinea   13  12  12
 New Caledonia

 12

 12  4
 French Polynesia  9

7

11 
 Fiji  6 6
 Cook Islands  6
 Western Samoa  2
 Wallis and Futuna  2
 American Samoa  2  1  1
 Vanuatu  1  4  2
 Norfolk Island  1  2  1
 Solomon Islands  1  1  1
 Tonga  1    2

The stadium, which was built specially for the mini games, had a grass track but several new South Pacific Games records were set on itincluding the 800m (W), heptathlon (W) and long jump (W). New records were also set in the marathon (W) and 20km walk.
Over 20 new mini games records were also set but this is not surprising since it was only the second mini games to be held.
A new all-weather track has been laid for these games.

For more photos of the 1985 mini games check these photo galleries:
1985 Mini Games - Black and White - Cook Islands
1985 Mini Games Opening and Medals - colour - all countries
1985 Mini Games Sports Action - colour - all countries

Te Karere - Today's Sports

The 8th Pacific Mini Games have come to an end

After twelve days of competition, sportsmanship and friendship the 2009 Cook Islands mini games have ended.  We'll see you all in New Caledonia in 2011 and Wallis and Futuna in 2013.
Aere ra and kia manuia.