Twenty-one paddlers and four chaperones are making the journey north to Calgary, Canada to represent Hawai’i in the International Va’a Federation Va’a (Outrigger) World Sprint Championships. The group has raised over $35,000 for their 10-day trip.
The site venue is located in North Glenmore Park. Races take place on the Glenmore Reservoir, one of the City’s main drinking water supplies. There are no power boats allowed other than the Glenmore boat patrol and coach boats of the Calgary Canoe and Rowing Clubs.
Competition begins Saturday, August 11 with the V1 and V12 division. Unlike the OC1 canoes most Hawai’i residents will recognize, the V1 or one-person va’a, does not have a rudder making them a more challenge craft to paddle. Representing Team Hawai’i in the V1 portion are Kahili Novikoff, Mikaela McDaniel, Kaulu Luuwai, Mogul Luuwai, Matthew Meyer, Maleko Lorenzo, and Tim Lara. HCC keiki will also participate in V6 events in the 500 meter and 1000 meter distances.
Other paddlers include Makolea Aikala, Kellen Bean, Lihau Higashino, Noah Katz, Flo Michelier, Palekana Pamat-Hett, RJ Crampton-DeMello, Kauanoe Vanderpoel, Kamaile Lee, Mehana Fisher, Alexis Smith, Mikela Wesson, Lilinoe Bal and Tianna Yonemura. Paddlers attend 6 different schools in Hawai’i: Baldwin, Kealakehe, Kamehameha Maui, Kamehameha Kapalama, King Kekaulike, and Seabury Hall.
Hawaiian Canoe Club has sent paddlers to five previous Va’a World Sprints in Fiji, Australia, Tahiti, Hilo, and New Zealand. The group has already begun fundraising for the 2014 race in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
You can follow the race progression at http://www.vaaworldsprints2012.com/