7 Mar 2014

Sport: National records goal for Pacific athletes at World Indoors

12:01 pm on 7 March 2014

Sprinters Patricia Taea from the Cook Islands and Lovelite Detenamo from Nauru headline a ten-strong Pacific contingent competing at this weekend's World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland.

The duo attended the last World Indoors in Turkey two years ago, before competing at the 2012 London Olympics.

They're among seven Pacific athletes competing in the 60m sprint.

PNG's Sharon Kwarula and Guam's Michael Herreros will contest the 60m hurdles and Pacific Mini Games champion Siologa Viliamu from Samoa will compete in the 400m.

The Executive Director of the Oceania Athletics Association, Yvonne Mullins, says the next few days is a great opportunity especially for the newcomers.

"It's a long way from home. The weather's a lot different from what it would be in their own federations, obviously, and for many of them it will be the first time they've ever had the opportunity to compete in an indoor arena. It's one that a lot of the best athletes in the world go to and it will be a good hit-out for all of our athletes before they head off to our Oceania Championships in the Cook Islands in June this year."

Yvonne Mullins says the main goal for all Pacific athletes is to set new national records, while it's hoped Australia's Sally Pearson and New Zealand's Valerie Adams can win their events for the Oceania region.