Cooks bag mixed result in canoe event

Monday May 14, 2018 Written by Published in Paddling
Right: Genesis Ngatikao also represented the country at the Asia Pacifi c Sprint Cup in Adelaide. 18051306 Right: Genesis Ngatikao also represented the country at the Asia Pacifi c Sprint Cup in Adelaide. 18051306

The Cook Islands Canoeing and Kayak team recorded a mixed result in the inaugural Asia Pacific Sprint Cup in Adelaide, Australia, over the weekend.

 

The three-day event was attended by Joseph Maoate-Garcia, Jade Tierney, Genesis Ngatikao, Ashlee-Kate Armstrong and Hosea Nooapii.

The event saw 136 junior and developing canoe sprint athletes compete in the under-16, U18 and U21 age groups in the Olympic class events, as well as a mixed-gender relay event.

Apart from the Cook Islands, athletes from Australia, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand and Tahiti also took part in the Asia Pacific Sprint Cup.

Australia eventually won the title with 490 points, ahead of New Zealand in second (407) and Japan in third (247).

The Asia Pacific Cup is a new event that started as a developing initiative between the founding partners Australia, New Zealand and Japan in response to the need for an international competition for developing athletes in the region.

“It was a fantastic regatta,” said initiator and Australian Canoeing National Pathways lead David Foureur.

“It’s something we started to talk about probably 12 months ago as a developing initiative between Australia and New Zealand in the first instance, and it grew to the point where we had 136 competitors and six nations and it became an outstanding event.

“Everyone enjoyed it and we had some really competitive racing, which was great to see,” added Fourer.

“With this event we can give our U16 athletes a great developing opportunity without the huge expense of going to Europe.

“Also, the timing in May is perfect and will benefit the athletes long-term. And for our U18 and U23 athletes who will head to the World Champs next, it acts like a world cup and gives them a sense of what’s going to happen when they move into the senior ranks and into their World Champs in July.

“The future is looking bright and winning the overall Asia Pacific Cup is fantastic, but New Zealand gave us a real challenge and Japan was a bit of a surprise pack. They came out and won a number of events, which was great to see. And to see Singapore here with a team of 26 along with Tahiti and Cook Islands was absolutely fantastic.”

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