Third spot for local paddlers

Saturday February 15, 2020 Written by Published in Paddling
Third spot for local  paddlers

The Cook Islands female paddlers are jubilant to place third in the New Zealand open women’s Takapuna Beach Cup 42 km race. They received their medals yesterday wearing our signature ei katu.


This is the first time the country has registered a female crew to participate in the grueling and arduous competition.

Since January, the team of ten from the ages of 17 to 52 committed themselves to training for the race under the mentorship of coach and master paddler Serena Hunter.

Back left: Teretahiti Isaaka, Emilene Taulu, Eryka Tommy, Tara Cummings, Joyce Fortes and Serena Hunter. Front left: Samantha Puati-Ellison, Vaea Melvin and Tina Mitchell (absent from photo Mylan Lane).

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