Team Niue arrive in Birmingham proud to represent the nation
Team Niue left New Zealand last Friday and have arrived in Birmingham safe and sound.
According to the Team Niue B2022 Facebook Page, Chef de Mission Tony Edwards and General Team Manager Brad Ikinepule Etuata were the first of the Niue contingent to leave New Zealand for Birmingham last Thursday.
Followed by the rest of the team officials and athletes last Friday.
Families and friends of the athletes and officials gathered at the Auckland International Airport to farewell the team.
A total of 15 athletes are representing Niue at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games; 4 boxers, 1 weightlifter, and 10 lawn bowlers.
Amongst the lawn bowling athletes is Premier Dalton Tagelagi who will also be competing alongside his 14-year-old son.
During his official visit to New Zealand, Tagelagi said it was important that Niue’s presence was felt at the Commonwealth Games.
“Participation in these things is very important; it’s one of these life experiences, it’s something you can’t take away,” says Tagelagi.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will begin this week Thursday 28th of July.