Super Olympians

Inter Sport Olympics in Mangareva

What are the Mangarevan Inter-Sport Olympics?  A holiday for the island and a day of full of a variety of sporting events.  We created a team of 6 people to compete.  Our team consisted of Matt, Josh, Rachel, Becca, Andrew, and Wilky.  John was the official photographer. Simone, Torsten, Lisa and I were the official cheerleaders.

The day’s activities included:

  • Ping Pong
  • Bacchi Ball
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Fit
  • Tug of war using 6-man outrigger

PING PONG MATCH

Ping pong was the first game.  Each player played to 7-points and the team with the most points won.  Our team made it to the semi-finals and lost to the team that won this segment.

Ping Pong Match

Ping Pong Match

BACCHI BALL

Shortly after, the team made their way over to the bacchi ball court.  The goal was to toss a heavy ball as close to the marked ball without touching it.  We did well considering each player only got to practice once.

VOLLEYBALL GAME

Volleyball was next.  The team was told that they were not allowed to spike which was unfortunate as we had a couple of tall players.  The other unfortunate thing was that our team was facing into the wind which was blowing at least 20 knots.  It was a bit of a comedy, but then again our team had never played together before.

Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball Tournament

And some more fun with the volleyball tournament

Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball Tournament

CROSS FIT FUN

Cross Fit had several components.  First Rachel and Becca had to wheelbarrow across to the other side.

Ladies Wheel Barrow Race

Ladies Wheel Barrow Race

Next, Andrew had to do 10 burpees, then tag Wilky.

Andrew Doing 10 Burpees

Andrew Doing 10 Burpees

Wilky then took off running around the sports complex three times

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Once Wilky finished his race, he tagged Matt and Josh who had to wheelbarrow across to the other side.

Men's wheel barrow race

Men’s wheel barrow race

We think we came in third in the overall cross fit, but not sure as they didn’t announce it.

OUTRIGGER TUG OF WAR

The last competition of the inter-sport olympics was probably the most humorous.  They put each team into a 6-man outrigger and they played tug of war.  This is a French Polynesia national sport!

Let’s just say, it took the other team 10 seconds to win.  The good news is that our team did not flip the outrigger!

Outrigger Tug-Of-War Competition

Outrigger Tug-Of-War Competition

Even though we didn’t win, the team and cheerleaders had a fantastic day participating in the island olympics.

Gringo Olympic Participants

Gringo Olympic Participants

Here is a great collage of some locals, bacchi ball, ping pong, and the boys team.

Inter-Sport Olympics Photos

Inter-Sport Olympics Photos

THE WINNERS:

The prizes were 25lb bag of sugar for 3rd place in each category and overall.  A giant bag of rice for 2nd place and a box of frozen chicken for first place.  Team “L” won the overall prize which also included a frozen pig.

Olympic Winners

Olympic Winners

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