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Kia Orana Welcome to BSP Vaka Iti Seconday Schools Regatta
April 29th -May 2nd 2016
Now in its fifth year, Vaka Iti is Cook islands Canoeing Associations (CICA) Oe Vaka youth development program that promotes, health, culture, team building, camaraderie, sportsmanship and fun.
2016 is an exciting new chapter for Vaka Iti as we announce BSP the Bank of the South Pacific as our naming sponsor of the event and we evolve the program to end in a 3 day regatta encompasing under 19yr & under 16yr divisions for V6 Marathon, V6 & V12 Sprints and V1 & K1(olympic class) Sprints. We are also extending invitations to International U19 & U16 teams who would like to experience what Va'a racing has to offer in the Cook Islands.
The schools training program will start on March 7th incorporating coaching sessions at Muri & Nikao Lagoons & Aitutaki lagoon, for students from year 10 ,11 & 12 during their PE and break times. Previous school participation has included schools accross the southern group islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro and Atiu, with up to 400 students competing.
Students studying physical education gain NCEA level 1 & level 2 credits for the program and race day as part of their studies. The Vaka Iti program through Oe Vaka promotes leadership, water safety awareness, swimming; survival skills, paddling and canoe care techniques, teamwork and knowledge of our waters including the currents, tides and corals. It also promotes the importance of appreciating, respecting and caring for our natural environment.
Following on from BSP Vaka Iti the Islands clubs of Ngakau Toa Vaka, Te Tupu O Te Manava and Aitutaki Oe Vaka all have junior coaching programs into which the students can assimmilate for those who wish to continue training for the national competition and Vaka Eiva in November.
Further details and Regatta program will be available soon.