Team Niue returns to New Zealand from TrinBago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games

McFitu Tukuniu, Hikuleo Lui, Tagavaitoa Tukuitoga, Ramsi Edwards and Maxine Edwards (from left to right) | Photo credits: Maxine Edwards

Niue’s team of six – four athletes and two officials – returned to New Zealand earlier this week after a successful one week competing in the TrinBago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games. 

The TrinBago Youth Games began on Friday 4 August and concluded last Friday 11 August which took place on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbeans.

The four athletes for Team Niue included Tagavaitoa Tukuitoga, McFitu Tukuniu, Ramsi Edwards and Hikuleo Lui. The two officials included team manager John Kaulima and Chef de Mission Maxine Edwards. 

According to Chef de Mission Maxine Edwards, all four athletes competed in athletics field events. Twelve countries participated in each discipline. 

Team Niues final rankings for shot put placed McFitu in fourth placing, Tagavaitoa in fifth, Ramsi in seventh and Hikuleo in eighth placing. 

For discus, McFitu ranked sixth, Tagavaitoa ranked eighth, Ramsi in ninth placing and Hikuleo ranked tenth. 

For javelin, McFitu ranked sixth and Tagavaitoa in eighth. 

“We are extremely happy with the results from each athlete, they all managed to get personal best. The TrinBago Games was all about exposure to the international stage of Competition,“ says Maxine. 

The Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games concluded with an electric beach celebration at Pigeon Point in Tobago. 

In a closing ceremony full of carnival colour, music and dancing, more than 1,000 athletes from around 70 Commonwealth Nations and Territories marked the end of the first Commonwealth Youth Games to take place in the Caribbean.

Photo credits to Maxine Edwards for the images below.

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