Genesis Ngatikao is one of only two kayakers her own age in the entire Cook Islands, while the only suitable training waters she has is a 200m stretch of Rarotonga lagoon, accessible only at high tide.
Cook Islands sporting legend Serena Hunter achieved a paddler’s dream when she paddled with the top Tahitian team in California, USA, earlier this month.
The Cook Islands woman who has taken the nation to the top of international outrigger canoe paddling has been invited to race for the best women’s team in Tahiti at an elite world event held in California each year.
Serena Hunter overcame tough conditions on Friday to create history, claiming a silver medal in the inaugural IVF Va’a World Championship in Tahiti last week.
The Cook Islands paddling team will be no pushover in the inaugural IVF Va‘a World Distance Championships which starts today in Tahiti.