Tutaka-George, Hunter win singles titles

Tuesday July 02, 2019 Written by Published in Paddling
National Singles Race winners Andrew Tutaka-George (second from left) and Serena Hunter (far right) with Cook Islands Canoeing Association executives. 19070101 National Singles Race winners Andrew Tutaka-George (second from left) and Serena Hunter (far right) with Cook Islands Canoeing Association executives. 19070101

Unrelenting challenging conditions made it a hard slog around the course for the paddlers who took part in the National Singles Race on Saturday.

 

The long course saw paddlers battle upwind to Club Raro with decent swells and cross shore winds creating a challenge even on the downwind leg to Blackrock, and a gutbusting upwind leg back up to the finish at Traders.

They all showed grit and determination to push through to the finish line. The shorter course saw paddlers turn at the start of the seawall.

Andrew Tutaka-George, the Cook Islands singles rep to the Pacific Games, took an easy lead missing the competition he has faced throughout the season with Bryce Irving out of action with sickness.

Tutaka-George dominated in a time of 1.34.13 hours over the 16 kilometre course, with veteran Alan Sullivan in 1.48.38 and Phil Ave rounding off the top three in 1.49.22.

Serena Hunter came in fourth overall and first woman in a time of 1.52.20 hours, with Pacific Games singles rep Ioana Puna in 1.58.35 and Joyce Fortes rounding off in a time of 2.02.11.

Visiting New Zealand paddler Dave Cameron enjoyed a hit out on the short course, with Vaea Melvin and Sam Brown also putting themselves on the start line in the challenging conditions.

The Cook Islands Pacific Games V6 crew Rshart Henry, Teava Hunter, Tupuna Amo, John Beasley and Tiki Ina, put in their last hard training with a hit out over the course looking sharp and ready for action.

“A great race to end the singles season. Congratulations to Andre Tutaka-George and Serena Hunter, our 2019 National Singles champions. All the best to our crews heading to Samoa for the Pacific Games,” Cook Islands Canoeing Association said.

“Meitaki ma’ata to Koka Lagoon Cruises, Jewellery by Emilene and Trader Jacks for providing prizes for our winners.”

 

Results

Andre Tutaka George: 1.34.13, Alan Sullivan 1.48.38, Phil Ave 1.49.22, Serena Hunter 1.52.20, Johnny Raita 1.54.20, Mark Cowan 1.56.33, Ioana Puna 1.58.35, Sani Sosene 1.59.07, Joyce Fortes 2.02.11 Short course: Dave Cameron 1.32, Vaea Melvin 1.44.57, Sam Brown 1.52.27

- Cook Islands Canoeing

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