The top female local paddler put on a brilliant performance in the Te Aito Tahiti earlier this week to finish second in the V1 Masters category. She managed an overall placing of fifth.
The Te Aito Tahiti served as a build-up for participating paddlers from all around the world, in lead up to the IVF Va’a World Distance Championship which ends this weekend.
Hunter, the three-time Sportswoman of the Year, underwent a strenuous training programme to prepare herself for this event.
She is hoping to use her performance in the Te Aito Tahiti as the benchmark for the world championship.
The IVF Va’a World Distance Championship is a new event where member countries compete against each other every two years to be crowned IVF World Distance champions.
The event will see the best paddlers from around the world competing in long distance oe vaka races of 18km to 27km in V6 (teams) and V1 (singles).
The Cook Islands is fielding individual paddlers in the V1 singles races in all categories of U19, Open and Master Men and Women, and also three V6 teams in U19 Junior Boys, U19 Junior Girls, and Master Men.
Team Cook Islands – Esben Torget, AJ Mataora, Serena Hunter, Tara Cumming, Ioana Turia, Fletcher Melvin, Allister Webb, Phil Ave, John Raita, Damien Beddoes, Hori Miller, Georges Lenoir, Rshart Henry, Teava Maoate-Garcia, Tini Maruhi, Peter Pureau, Paul Pureau, Teapaiariki Tearaitoa, Tevai Samuel, Mahealani Samuel, Kimberly Tangirere, Erenne Beniamina, Laken Seng-Maru, Eden TePaa, Matangaro Ahsin, Inano Matapo, Janet Maki, Eva Nepia-Clamp, Ina Matua, Christina Maoate, Puretu Maoate, Vaea Melvin, Dina Matapo, Keelyn Higgins, Mena Tautu.