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Hero's welcome for Serena

Thursday June 18, 2015 Written by Published in Paddling
Hero's welcome for Serena

Elite paddler and mother of four Serena Hunter returned home this week to a hero’s welcome after smashing the Molokai Solo at the weekend and in doing so, inspired her Pacific Games paddling crew.


Hunter is pictured with her paddling sisters who turned out in force to welcome home their inspirational friend and share in her recent achievement.

Racing the Molokai solo, a punishing 55km channel crossing between the islands of Molokai and Oahu, has been a lifelong goal for Serena and ticking the bucket list event at the weekend was an overwhelming and emotional milestone for one of the island’s toughest female athletes.

Months of hard training and sacrifices all came down to just under five epic hours.

Serena powered across the 55km channel in a time of 4.59.10 to place sixth female overall and first in her age group as well as first non-Hawaiian home.

The winner of the race, Steeve Teihota’ata clocked a blistering time of 3.55.09 and the first open female paddler home crossed the finish line in 4.36.27.

The times clearly show that Serena is among the top calibre paddlers at the annual prestigious singles oe vaka race.

For Serena, her lifelong dream to compete in the Molokai solo would not have come true without her amazing support team around her including her family, the paddling ‘family’ and her friends spreading across the larger global paddling fraternity.

With the buzz of Molokai still coursing through her veins, Serena is sure to share that with her fellow Pacific Games paddling team as they gear up for podium finishes in PNG next month.  

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