As the host federation, Tahiti has taken the opportunity to have a large number of their athletes participating in the 2013 OAA Championships.
There is a French Polynesia Team of 27, comprised mainly of the established elite Tahitian athletes.
Hereiti Bernardino will be competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 400mH. Last year she competed in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona and will represent PYF at the World Championships in Moscow in August, where she will run in the 100m.
The evergreen Sophie Gardon, who is returning from injury will line-up in the 5000m and 10000m where her team-mate, Elodie Mevel will provide strong competition. Elodie competed in the Oceania Half Marathon competition on the Gold Coast in 2012.
Robin Hilaire, who has recently created a new personal best in the High Jump (1.95m) is going to the World Youth Championships in Donetsk in the Ukraine in July.
The other local team – Tahiti West Coast – is made-up of 41 athletes who are a combination of veterans and youth athletes.
Two well-known team members are Raihau Maiau, who is recovering from serious injury (competing in the 100m and Javelin), and Astrid Montuclard who has just returned from France (competing in the 800m). Astrid will compete alongside her younger brother Axel in the West Coast Team.
Late afternoon and many of the athletes were training for the Championships, but it is obvious that Stade Pater is a focal point for the people of the Pirae area of Papeete.
Many of those training were fitness devotees and many were athletes. From tomorrow the overseas teams will start to join the Tahitians in the use of the stadium’s facilities.