The programme snatched a total of 20 medals (4 Gold, 9 Silver, 7 Bronze) from attendance at four different international regattas namely, Blue Lakes 1 in October 2018, Blue Lakes 2 in December 2018, New Zealand Nationals in February 2019 and more recently the Asia Pacific Cup at the beginning of this month.
In addition to this outstanding annual performance, the programs U14 boys and girls recorded the fastest K4 500m times at the New Zealand Nationals event winning golds in some very tight racing, against the strongest clubs in New Zealand. This is an amazing performance considering our Cook Islands programme does not own a K4 boat and only gets K4 training time a few days before they take the water at these competitions.
At the May 18 prize giving, the programme awarded its two elite awards. Genesis Ngatikao was awarded the Most Improved Paddler (by comparison her PB and individual race results were the best over the race season), and the Paddler of the Year award went to Lily Tierney (best individual race results, whilst also contributing to successful team boat results).
The programme athletes are now in a X training transition phase competing in the local Oe Vaka race season before resuming K1 training in July for their 2019/20 race season. Their first international competition being Blue Lakes 1 in October.
The programme consists of very dedicated paddlers from the ages of 12-20 years whose pathways in the sport are set at making the 2024 Olympic Games. Their training and progress is supported by their committed coach Roly Rolleston and the network of supportive sponsors, parents and the paddling community.
We congratulate Roly and his dedicated paddlers for their achievements this year.
-Canoe & Kayak CI