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NTV women off to a perfect start

Monday April 23, 2018 Written by Published in Paddling
From left, Ursula Robati, Noni Fleming, Kana Daniels, Joyce Fortes (steerer), Marianna Pere and Kim Noovao. From left, Ursula Robati, Noni Fleming, Kana Daniels, Joyce Fortes (steerer), Marianna Pere and Kim Noovao.

Ngakau Toa Vaka (NTV) kicked off their 2018 campaign with a winning start in the season opening Cook Islands Canoeing Association fortnightly competition this week.

In the five kilometre race from the Avarua harbour on Wednesday, NTV fielded three women’s teams featuring novice paddlers mixing with a few of their experienced paddlers.

All three teams battled it out against three other competing teams and managed a top three finish in the women’s category.

Tara Cummings’ team finished first, followed by Marie Tierney’s team in second place. The team led by Joyce Fortes managed third place finish.

The conditions on the day were a little windy with huge swells from Tamarind House towards the turn at Club Raro, giving the novice ladies a bit of a challenge being it their very first race.

Tierney’s team was hot on the heels of Fortes’ team right up to the turn when they managed to sneak in on the inside line, finishing second to Cummings.

The Fortes crew were not far behind to hand in NTV the top three finish in the opening race.

Unfortunately the club did not have enough canoes to field their men’s crews due to repairment work.

Meanwhile Ngakau Toa Vaka held their Annual Open Day on March 31inviting individuals of all ages who were interested in taking up the sport.

The club also held  Wednesday afternoon introductory paddling sessions teaching the new paddlers technique and water feel prior to the open day and also leading up to Wednesday’s race.

NTV executives congratulate the new paddlers on their first race. The club is looking forward to continuing their training and competing in more races this season.