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Paddlers compete in final sprint

Written By : SUn Fiji Sportsdesk. Outrigger canoe paddlers all over Fiji will thrash the waters at the USP Aquifer National Canoe Centre in Laucala Bay as from today to
29 May 2008 12:00

Written By : SUn Fiji Sportsdesk. Outrigger canoe paddlers all over Fiji will thrash the waters at the USP Aquifer National Canoe Centre in Laucala Bay as from today to compete in the final Aquifer Sprint Canoe Regatta. This regatta rounds up the three-month sprint-racing season that included short distance racing on V6 (six-person) and V1 (one-person) canoes.
Over 100 competitors from under 14 to over 40 years of age, from as far as Nadi and Vuda, will come together one more time to try and become the champions of the sprint season.
Although Suva has previously dominated in local regattas, Nadi is considered a real threat.
President of Fiji Outrigger, Colin Philp stated: “With the great support of our major sponsor Aquifer, we now are able to segment our racing season into Sprint and Long Distance events so that our competitors can have the facilities and train specifically for different type of racing, these events provide.” Following this, Fiji paddlers will begin training for the V1 marathon season.
The V6 marathon season will then follow from September 2008.
Fiji Outrigger recently held the annual Waitui Fiji Outrigger International in Suva last month in which over 200 competitors attended from Australia, New Zealand, PNG and American Samoa. “The event was a great success and learning experience for many of our local paddlers who are teenagers.
It costs the local paddlers very little to bring the world to our shores than for them to travel overseas and compete.”
Janelle Morey, Fiji Outrigger Development Officer explained.
The final sprint regatta this weekend coincides with the Fiji Games regatta in which the paddlers will also be required to compete for their respective districts.
Racing gets underway tomorrow at 9am. Also attached is a race schedule for the weekend.



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