Blast from the past … Corporate Paddling Champions 2006, the Island Car & Bike Hire team. SUPPLIED/21042822
Cook Islands Canoeing Association is hosting its annual Corporate V12 Oe Vaka Races this Saturday in Nikao, starting at midday.
Despite Covid-19, it’s amazingly uplifting to
see such beautiful community spirit amongst the Cook Islands, the Cook Islands
Canoeing Association says.
“We have made the most of our situation,” said
Teina Taulu, the CICA president. “As such, Oe Vaka has been able to spend time
welcoming people of all levels.”
She said looking back on the year “we all
thrived during 2020 Cook Islands Games in every sport, and have had great
turnouts for our corporate races”.
Oe Vaka is about seeing people who felt they
weren’t serious or fit enough for the code coming to the water, or extending
their paddling experience from single canoes, to 6-man canoes, and to 12-man
canoes, the canoeing president said.
“Oe Vaka has been one place where we have seen
organisations, youth, experienced and non-experienced paddlers, making time to
enjoy their back yard both within the reef and beyond.
“For a lot of newcomers, being able to soak in
moments and look back on our breathtaking mountains while they sit in a canoe
beyond the reef or have jumped in for a quick dip before paddling back to
Traders – it’s a surreal view and an experience to absorb,” said Taulu.
“For others, water is life. Which is why we
ensure Oe Vaka remains current amongst our Cook Islands people.”
She said the first V12 Corporate Oe Vaka Race
in the Cook Islands was held in 2002. “Mena Tautu and Paiao Short introduced
this as a channel to enable Oe Vaka to fundraise, recruit and develop new and
“It was also a great way to share Oe Vaka in a
friendly and fun environment – allowing organisations a way to create some team
bonding outside of the office.
“Over the years we have seen a lot of
organisations bring great form to the water, creative uniforms, and great
friendships,” she added.
Funds from these events have been donated to
charities, used to maintain vaka, equipment and infrastructure, run community
and national programs, assist local paddlers to represent the Cook Islands at
international events, and more.
“We welcome all and have sessions suitable for
everyone. Whether it be social, competitive, team bonding, lunch break sessions
amongst friends and colleagues, give it a go.
Embrace our Moana.”
The canoeing president added that it’s not too
late to enter a team into this Saturday’s Corporate V12 Oe Vaka Races to be
held in Nikao at 21.3 Vaiana’s Bar & Bistro, starting at midday. Teina
Taulu can be contacted on mobile 51249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.