Canoe team for NZ event

Monday October 08, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports

A team of 11 athletes will represent the Cook Islands at the Blue Lake One Canoe Sprints to be held this weekend at Lake Tikitapu in Rotorua, New Zealand.


The athletes, who are aged 12-19 years, will be competing in the K1, K2 and K4 divisions at the event which will be held on Friday and Saturday.

The national team left the country last night and will spend couple of days training and acclimatising before getting into the competition.

Team coach Roly Rolleston said the Blue Lake One was the first national canoe sprint events for the season in New Zealand.

He said the focus of the national team was development of the young athletes who will be representing the Cook Islands for the first time.

“They have actually been kayaking for three months. Apart from two, the rest are first timers who are part of the development squad,” Rolleston said.

“For the development athletes, the primary aim is get them to finish the event and get some good racing done but seeing how they have training and knowing the ability of other paddlers, they could get couple of top five rankings in the team events.”

Rolleston said the aim for the senior athletes was to get personal bests from this competition.

“This event is a build-up for the Blue Lake Two in December and New Zealand Nationals in February next year. We are also waiting on confirmation whether this sport is going to be at the Pacific Games next year.”

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