“The interest was huge,” said programme coordinator Roly Rolleston. “Coach Vaea Melvin now has 20-plus kids to train, and she’s having to fast-track some of the quicker learners to the national programme.”
“We simply don’t have enough resources, it’s awesome.”
It’s intended for some of the new recruits to join the national programme in October at the Blue Lakes 1 Canoe Sprint event in Rotorua, to get their first taste of international competition.
From there – provided the kids are committed and train hard – national representation on the world stage will follow.
“Our local kids have talent on the water for sure. Provided they work hard on all areas within the sport, success will follow,” said Rolleston.
For families with interested young ones who missed out on the open day, text Roly on 54779.