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Close battles in schools paddling

Tuesday April 11, 2017 Written by Published in Paddling
The starter gives competitors the green fl ag in the Vaka Iti Sprint Regatta at Nikao Lagoon yesterday. 17041044 The starter gives competitors the green fl ag in the Vaka Iti Sprint Regatta at Nikao Lagoon yesterday. 17041044

Nukutere College dominated the mixed-grade event in the 2017 BSP Vaka Iti Sprint Regatta at Vaiana’s, Nikao Lagoon yesterday.


The schools 200 metre sprints meet was held in the mixed and open divisions between teams in the Under-12, U14, U16 and U19 grades.

Schools from Rarotonga and Aitutaki took part in this competition which marked the culmination of seven week Vaka Iti schools programme and regatta which began on February 20.

In the feature U19 mixed race, Dis Team from Tereora College reigned supreme after finishing the event in 51.34 seconds followed by Catch You Up of Araura, Aitutaki on 53.92s.

The third place went to Jamacian Me Crazy of Tereora College with a time of 55.67s.

In the under-12 mixed final, Motion of the Ocean managed the top prize followed by Crazy Coconuts and Paddle Punishers on second and third places, respectively.

Nukutere College’s Killer Bees won the U14 mixed title followed by Lateerz of Araura College in second place and the Wild Hing of Nukutere on third.

The U16 mixed title was won by Maki Maki of Nukuture College.

Nukuture’s Maki that Thing finished second followed by Tereora’s Water Babes on third place.

The results of the open grades was not available when this edition went to print yesterday.

Meanwhile the event major sponsor Bank of South Pacific is keen to continue their partnership with Cook Islands Canoeing Association to help grow the sport in the country.

“We are very proud to be in the second year of the sponsorship of the BSP Vaka Iti. This year we have about 280 children from across Rarotonga and Aitutaki,” BSP country manager David Street said.

“Obviously it’s one of the favourite sports in the Cook Islands and it’s great to help the kids develop in the sport of paddling.”

Street said they supported the event in cash and kind which involved sending their staff to coordinate the competition and helping in the marketing of the event.

“We are proud to promote this sport and healthy lifestyle to children. We hope to continue this partnership with Vaka Iti and the Cook Islands Canoeing Association.

“This is the second year of our ongoing relationship and hopefully we can build it to one day be able to bring international teams across.”