The Asia Pacific Cup is a junior development competition between New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Cook Islands and other Asia Pacific nations aimed at giving under-21 selected paddlers more international competitive opportunities.
Now in its second year, the Asia Pacific Cup will be hosted by New Zealand at stunning Lake Karapiro from May 10-12.
The regatta offers K1, K2, K4, C1 and C2 events in 200/500/1000 metres distances depending on age group, and consists of national junior development paddlers in three age groups: U16, U18, U21.
Selection for this competition is based on the top four paddlers of each country in each age division. The Cook Islands will be entering paddlers in the age divisions of U16 and U21 in the K1, K2 and K4 races. The Cook Islands selection was based on paddlers with the fastest times from the NZ Nationals earlier this year.
The Cook Islands team comprises of Jade Tierney, Lily Tierney, Genesis Ngatikao, Caitlyn Tommy, Otea Tommy and Te’Aroa Pekepo.
Roly Rolleston, team coach said, “As a national sports programme we’re fortunate to have a team of committed athletes not scared of hard work and personal sacrifice. This team has trained well, it will be a good test of their ability on the International stage as we work towards both individual and team representation at the Paris 2024 Olympics”.
The team would like to thank their major sponsors Bluesky and Bank of the South Pacific for preparing them for the trip and their continued support.
The national association wishes the team the very best of luck. People can follow their progress on their Facebook page ‘Canoe and Kayak Cook Islands’.