Para-athletes program continues with success

Posted on Jun 22 2022

Tahiti para-athlete Christian Chee Ayee shakes hands with Oceania Athletics Association secretary general Robin Sapong at the Oleai track & field. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The world of competitive sports is a great opportunity for people to prove their mettle. Through discipline and hard work, these competitors go above and beyond, achieving phenomenal feats of athletics. No group exemplifies this principle more so than the para-athletes. Through their determination and diligence, these athletes have overcome great mental and physical obstacles, proving that their disabilities will not hold them back. We have the honor and privilege of having these para-athletes competing in the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022.

Last June 17 marked the opening ceremony of the Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022. During which, one of the para-athletes from Fiji was their team’s flag bearer and led their team through the opening ceremony. They were only one out of a total of 31 para-athletes participating in this year’s Mini Games. These competitors come from the countries of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Australia, and the Solomon Islands.

All of our para-athletes will be performing in the athletics event of the Mini Games. They will be competing in events such as the shotput, javelin throw, and 100m sprint. You can view these extraordinary athletes compete today at 4pm and 3om every other day, with the rest of the athletics events. The men’s 100m sprint ambulant will take place at 7:05pm on June 21 with the women’s 100m sprint ambulant taking place the following day at 6:50pm. You can watch the ambulatory men’s and women’s javelin throw at 3:15pm on June 23. On June 24, you will be able to watch the men’s and women’s wheelchair shotput secured throw at 3:15pm and the men’s and women’s shotput ambulant.

These athletes inspire our viewers, as they redefine what a few may consider obstacles and challenges our beliefs regarding disabilities. (PR)

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