Open men’s singles race in the Oe Vaka Nationals. CICA/22112821
Cook Island Canoeing Association (CICA) has hailed the thrilling Oe Vaka Nationals competition held from November 19 to 26 a huge success.
The weeklong event showcased paddling abilities as
participants braved the ocean and tough conditions in their bid for podium
This year for the first time since 2019, the Oe Vaka
Nationals welcomed international teams from Aotearoa New Zealand – Under-16 Nga
Maia from Hoe Aroha Whanau o Mauao Club and Team Pineula’s open men’s team as
well as the cheerful Team River Runners from Canada. The Canadians entered masters
women and masters mixed teams.
CICA also ran the U16 junior division races in a short
but intense 5km distance, with paddlers as young as 11-years-old competing. The
association endeavours to continue developing the youth in the annual event.
The focus now shifts to the popular Motu2Motu 2022 which
started yesterday in Aitutaki and will run until December 2.
The 10km race was held yesterday, today is the
Motu2Motu changeover race and the Fun Sprints will be held on Thursday.
Following the success of last week’s Nationals, the
Cook Islands Canoeing Association is now looking forward to welcoming
international teams back for the much anticipated Vaka Eiva 2023.