The outriggers of Kai Puna Outrigger Club can’t wait to head to the Cook Islands to compete.
The outriggers of Kai Puna Outrigger Club can’t wait to head to the Cook Islands to compete.

Kai Puna ready to Cook competition

THE JUNIOR outriggers of the Kai Puna Outrigger Club in Hervey Bay have a lot to look forward to.

The juniors have been putting a lot of effort into preparing for the Steinlager Vaka Eiva Cup, which will be held on Raratonga in the Cook Islands. The team, which will include 10 women and 10 juniors, will start their trip tomorrow.

It will be an action packed week for the outriggers with sprint racing, marathon racing and a changeover event.

It is the first year juniors have been included in the event.

“There kids have put a tremendous effort into their training, even turning up at 5am to train with the senior teams,” juniors coach Michelle Tayler said.

“They are very excited and proud to be representing Hervey Bay and Australia at this huge international competition.

The Kai Puna master womens team is also keen to put all their hard work to the ultimate test.

Conditions can be unpredictable, so the team will head into competition expecting the unexpected.

“It can be beautiful and calm or we could be faced with huge swells and highs winds,” steerer Chris LeMesurier said.



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