On September 29, the two competed in a small 200 metres regional canoe sprint event in Savona, Italy, where they recorded top spots.
Jade following on from her success in this year’s New Zealand Nationals won the K1 event before claiming the K2 event with a local competitor.
Lily finished outside the medals in the K1 and placed second in the K2 (B final) with another local.
“These girls have firmly stamped the Cook Islands on the map as a nation to look out for on the world stage. Both girls are on a family OE through the EU fitting in training/racing where they can,” said national canoeing coach Roly Rolleston.
The Tierney sisters are not part of the national development team that left the country on Monday night for the Blue Lakes One event in Rotorua, New Zealand. They will join the team for the Blue Lakes Two in early December.
“Our programme, the Canoe and Kayak Program Cook Islands is developing national canoe sprint athletes (same sport as Lisa Carrington). We're after further growth after our success at this year’s New Zealand Nationals achieving podium results,” Rolleston said of Blue Lakes One participation.
“Predominately development paddlers racing this weekend with a couple of our athlete programme members.”
The national team has been training up to six times a week building strength, aerobic fitness, paddling endurance, and are expected to race 12 times during the weekend over 200/500/1000/5000 metres distances.
Cook Islands teams – Oliver Dearlove, Te Aro'a Pekepo, Morgan John, Dylan Musselle, Otea Tommy, Manu Lelvin, Ethan Dixon, Manea Ave, Caitlyn Tommy, Yannicka Tinirau, Genesis Ngtikao.