Cook Islands Game Fishing Club president Apii William geared up for the Mama Reef Competition in his dress. Photo: SUPPLIED. 20092203
Covid-19 has presented more than a few challenges, but at Cook Islands Game Fishing Club, they have been improvising.
For the last three years the Mama Reef Competition, where men can enter but they must wear a dress, has been run at the club and prizes were all sponsored by local businesses on the island, except for some cash prizes which came from entry fees.
This year, the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club Mama Reef Comp will be held this Saturday September 26.
Club manager Sharon William says because of Covid-19, gathering sponsorship has become a challenge.
So instead of cancelling or postponing the competition, they decided to give a little back to their valued sponsors and buy vouchers that they would normally have sponsored or gifted for prizes.
“This comp is a community competition, where everyone is welcome to enter,” she said.
“We are buying over $1000 worth of vouchers from our loyal sponsors, just to show a little appreciation during these tough times for us all and this way we can share the love of our people and our island and give a little back to our valued sponsors.”
The entry fee is still only $5, but you also have the option of paying $8.50 and getting to keep your very own bamboo rod, kindly provided by Mangaia Fishing Club.
This year’s competition is bamboo fishing rods only, no reels or nets allowed.
Fishing is between Tamarind House and Club Raro and entrants will each receive a green wrist band on the day to show they have entered the competition.
Hours of fishing are from 10am to 3pm and prize giving is at 5pm followed by a Tahitian themed night.
“After the competition and prize giving to celebrate the night we are having a Tahitian themed night, with Tahitian music, we’re also inviting all our Tahitian family and friends to come to the club and join us,” William said.
“We will have prizes for best mama, best ei katu and best dancers. Everyone is welcome.”