TAEA Patricia < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Cook Islands   
Gender Women
Born 25 May 1993
Height1.70 m
Weight 69 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Occupation Athlete
Languages Maori, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began the sport in 2006 in the Cook Islands.
Why this sport? Her mother encouraged her to take up athletics.
Club / Team Ignition Athletics Club: Gold Coast, QLD, AUS
Name of coach Tony Fairweather [club], AUS
General Interest
Nicknames Patty (athletics-oceania.com, 13 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a silver medal in the 200m at the 2013 Pacific Mini Games in Mata-Utu, Wallis and Futuna Islands. (Athlete, 09 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career Her mother. (Athlete, 23 Jul 2014)
Hero / Idol New Zealand shot put athlete Valerie Adams. (Athlete, 09 Aug 2016)
Injuries In 2013 she pulled her hamstring and missed two months. She also injured her knee and missed a further three months. (Athlete, 09 Aug 2016, 23 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The more you put in, the more you get out." (Athlete, 23 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours She was flag bearer for the Cook Islands at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2013 Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna. (GNS, 24 Jul 2014; cookislandnews.com, 03 Sep 2013)

She won the Cook Islands Sportswoman of the Year award in 2012 and 2014, and the Junior Sportswoman of the Year award in 2008 and 2010. (Vaiana Mila Engu Facebook profile, 30 Jun 2014; ciherald.co.ck, 09 Aug 2012; foxsportspulse.com, 14 Jun 2012)
Ambitions To set a new national record at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (athletics-oceania.com, 13 May 2016)