Aitutaki youngsters up for challenge

Thursday November 19, 2015 Written by Published in Paddling
Youngsters will battle in an exciting competition on Thursday, followed by the Powerade Beach Carnival. 15111356 Youngsters will battle in an exciting competition on Thursday, followed by the Powerade Beach Carnival. 15111356

Aitutaki Oe Vaka Club is bringing a strong team of 18 paddlers to participate in this year’s junior’s (Oe Mapu) competition during the Vaka Eiva Festival.

 

The club, which is putting together three teams in the competition, will be using it as a build-up for 2016 World Sprints to be held in Sunshine Coast, Australia.

Club coach Terangi Tamati said the youngsters were passionate about Oe Vaka, adding that Aitutaki Lagoon had provided a perfect build-up for the event.

Aitutaki Oe Vaka Club will compete in the junior divisions in the under-16 boys’ and girls’ category and U19 boys’ grades. 

The team is managed by Junior and Terangi Tamati, who spend most their time like many other coaches involved in this sport, nurturing, developing and supporting youth. 

The boys and girls of this team will be out to have fun as well as test their capabilities as they prepare for the 2016 World Sprints to be held in Sunshine Coast Australia,” Tamati said.

“Aitutaki Oe Vaka is supported by local businesses Vaikoa Units, The Boat Shed, Ranginui Retreat, Tamanu Beach, The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, Pacific Resort, Aitutaki Village, Air Rarotonga, and also Araura College and all of Aitutaki Island.”

The organisers have hailed Aitutaki as one of the favourites following their brilliant form at this year’s Vaka Iti Youth Competition.

They now have their sights on the World Sprints in Australia next year and see Vaka Eiva as their best opportunity to test some international competition in the lead up to their quest of winning at the Worlds.”

Vaka Eiva 2015 coordinator Chrissy Thomas said this year’s junior’s competition would be an interesting one and there were some exciting events planned for the youngsters.

Thomas said they would also hold a Powerade Beach Carnival after the race on Thursday.

These Pa Enua mapu (Aitutaki) are a powerhouse on the water in the Cook Islands Oe Vaka scene, winning 10 out of 12 races at this year’s Vaka Iti Youth Competition amongst 400 Cook Island students in April,” Thomas said.

“They are now look at the World Sprints in Australia next year and they see Vaka Eiva as their best opportunity to test some international competition in the lead up to their quest of winning at the Worlds.”

 

 

 

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