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Tuesday 29 November 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Paddling, Sports

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Nationals set platform for Vaka Eiva 23
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 finishes.

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 Round Raro 36-kilometre relay race first three teams in the open men’s division. 22112815
The Round Raro 36-kilometre relay race first three teams in the open men’s division. 22112815

The focus now shifts to the popular Motu2Motu 2022 which started yesterday in Aitutaki and will run until December 2.

The first open women team home in the Round Raro 36km relay race – Te Tupu O Te Manava Maroro – Serena Hunter, Tamsyn Dearlove-Chambers, Paulina Beddoes, Noovai Aspris, Lotu Vea, Shannon Dixon, Inano Matapo, Geni Walters, Raanj Rapana, Tina Mitchell. The team finished the race in a time of 3.38.06 hours. 22112822
The first open women team home in the Round Raro 36km relay race – Te Tupu O Te Manava Maroro – Serena Hunter, Tamsyn Dearlove-Chambers, Paulina Beddoes, Noovai Aspris, Lotu Vea, Shannon Dixon, Inano Matapo, Geni Walters, Raanj Rapana, Tina Mitchell. The team finished the race in a time of 3.38.06 hours. 22112822

The 10km race was held yesterday, today is the Motu2Motu changeover race and the Fun Sprints will be held on Thursday.

The top three paddlers in the open men’s 15km single – Team Pinuela’s Johno Smith (second), Cook Islands Reuben Dearlove (first) and Team Pinuela’s Teremoana Tere who finished third. CICA/22112809
The top three paddlers in the open men’s 15km single – Team Pinuela’s Johno Smith (second), Cook Islands Reuben Dearlove (first) and Team Pinuela’s Teremoana Tere who finished third. CICA/22112809

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.

Ngakau Toa’s Sheeny Teariki, Rouru Une and Jimmy Mataora before heading out for the Round Raro relay team race on Saturday. CICA/22112811
Ngakau Toa’s Sheeny Teariki, Rouru Une and Jimmy Mataora before heading out for the Round Raro relay team race on Saturday. CICA/22112811
The Canadian River Runners paddling crew competed in the Oe Vaka Nationals for the first time. CICA/22112808
The Canadian River Runners paddling crew competed in the Oe Vaka Nationals for the first time. CICA/22112808
Inamaru Tere from the Aotearoa New Zealand’s Akarana Waka Ama team. CICA/22112814
Inamaru Tere from the Aotearoa New Zealand’s Akarana Waka Ama team. CICA/22112814