Natural oe vaka talent impress

Saturday April 25, 2015 Written by Published in Paddling
Imanuela Akatemia paddlers take in another epic performance on Nikao lagoon. PHOTO TOKERAU JIM. Imanuela Akatemia paddlers take in another epic performance on Nikao lagoon. PHOTO TOKERAU JIM.

Aitutki junior paddlers from Araura College dominated Thursday’s Vaka Iti competition.

The weather was perfect for the day of fun competitive paddling held at 21.3 Vaiana’s in Nikao.

Aitutaki impressed the crowd with their paddling prowess, winning 10 of the 12 divisions. It was a great effort by the students, who were also on the island for the Careers Expo earlier in the week.

They are gearing up to represent the Cook Islands at the World Sprints on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2016. 

According Cook Islands Canoeing Association, the day of racing exemplified the natural oe vaka talent of Cook Islands youth.

The youngest paddlers were years 7 and 8 Apii Te Uki Ou who competed in the year 9 mixed divisions and took out 3rd place and Papaaroa who took second place in the same division. 

“Our future champions of Oe Vaka are amongst the students of this programme and CICA’s goal is to help them succeed not only locally but also internationally”, said CICA. 

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