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Ngakau Toa Vaka (NTV) junior paddlers’ open day was held last Saturday. Children between 8 and 15 years old were invited down to Nikao beach for an introduction to one of the Cook Islands most recognised sports, oe vaka.
Young kayaker Otea Tommy, who is currently training in New Zealand, talks to CI News reporter Teherenui Koteka about his preparation for the New Zealand Canoe and Kayak sprint nationals, his inspirations and his future goals.
The local based Cook Island kayakers have made their mark this year competing in three of New Zealand’s calendar regattas, NZ Nationals (Feb 23-25) in Karapiro and Blue Lakes 1 (Oct 13-14) and Blue Lakes 2 (Dec 1-2) staged on Rotorua’s stunning Lake Tikitapu.
Eleven crews lined up to contest the Bob Worthington Memorial Round Rarotonga mixed teams race on day three of the Vaka Eiva 2018 yesterday.
Cook Islander Makayla Timoti, who is at the top of her oe vaka game in New Zealand, joined Te Tupu’s women’s crew this week to compete in a paddling festival she’s been dreaming about since her father entered years ago.