Hodges, who is of Atiu descent, took part in the 2015 Sprint Kayaking World Championships held in Milan, Italy, last month.
She used the championship as the build-up to the upcoming event where she is expected to compete against over 50 countries. Mereana, who is a member of the Te Tupu Outrigger Club and the Cook Islands Canoeing Association, has been paddling sprint kayak recently in New Zealand.
She grew up in New Zealand with her mother, well-known educator Teremoana Maua Hodges and her father John Hodges, founded the Porirua Canoe and Kayaking club in 1975.
Mereana said it was an honour for her to represent the Cook Islands in the championship in Milan.
“The races in Milan had the highest attended countries with the fastest recorded times at the world event, Mereana came in at her second personal best time of 58 seconds and placed Cook Islands within seconds at 43rd in the world from over 90 other countries,” a Hodges family spokesperson said.
The Tahiti event will be a 40 kilometre downwind race and Mereana is ready to do the country proud.
“This opportunity would not have been possible without the support of her family, friends, Porirua Canoe Kayak Club, Mana Canoe Kayaking, Cook Islands Canoeing Association who have being working just as hard behind the scene to making this a possible dream come true.”