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Fiji outrigger uses event to recruit new paddlers

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FIJI Outrigger is tapping into potential grounds to recruit potential athletes for national duties.

One of its major focuses is to strengthen its business house competition where some of the national reps come from.

Fiji Outrigger secretary Paul Yaqona was pleased with the success of the 2014 BSP Business House Regatta held over the weekend in Suva.

The annual day-long event had 35 teams competing in 250 metres sprint at the Sailing Centre in Laucala Bay.

Yaqona said there was a lot of potential in the business house teams.

He said with the Pacific Games to be held next year in Papua New Guinea, Fiji Outrigger would seek the services of paddlers that were identified for their effort in the competition on Saturday.

Yaqona said they would also hold more business house competitions to improve the profile of the sport in the country.

"We have potential in these business house teams. We have identified some who we will be training for the upcoming international events including the Pacific Games.

"The business house competition we had this year was much better than the last year. The competition level was quite high.

"At the same time we made it a fun event so family members of the participants can also witness this water sport because they hardly get to watch such sports."

Results

Bowl - Pernix I 1 minutes 20.80 seconds, Vodafone 1min 23.60s, Orica Fiji 1min 24.25s

Plate - Novotel 1min 16.00s, Office Products 1min 18.87s, GDC 1min 19.75s

Cup - SPC Warrior Hekili 1min 10.65s, Total 1min 13.25s, ANZ Pacific Operations I 1min 13.83s





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