In October, a new committee was created to bring in new ideas and take the club to the next level. New club committee is as follows:
President: Phil Matenga
Vice President: Mark Phillips.
Secretary: Ngaire Ranginui
Treasurer: Rina Schmidt
Registrar: Kei Vaemolo
General adult sessions were cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met. Some members did paddle throughout winter though but paddling was ad-lib and kept to a minimum.
While our adult sessions were run at a minimum, our junior sessions managed to grow and become stronger...from our early days in Nov 2013 where we struggled to find kids (and had to cancel sessions because minimum numbers were not met)...we managed to grow our juniors with the help of Maia members Phil, Kei,Eddie,Ngaire,Pania,Rina,Marina and Mark. To the point where we had 3+ crews of kids regularly showing up to each session. The families we have attracted have been phenomenal in the support they have shown for their kids, both showing up during winter (sometimes in hideously gloomy and cold conditions) and also the way they have fund raised for uniforms and race expenses. Awesome parents=Awesome kids and our families in Maia juniors definately proves that!
In September we took 21 of our Maia juniors to the Trans-Tasman Gubbi Gubbi and Junior marathon nationals in the Sunshine Coast. This was the first regatta for all our kids, and although they did not place, they gained valuable experience and got a taste of what it is like to compete in an outrigger canoe race. We as supporters of our kids were so proud of their courage and positive attitudes. Our kids and their families are now aiming to compete at Vaka Eiva in Rarotonga in November 2015.
General kids sessions are currently back on every Saturday mornings 8am start. All new kids are welcome. If you haven't paddled before the first 3 sessions are free but you must come with a guardian or parent.
We have also restarted our adult/open paddling sessions open to all. 7am start. All are welcome.
For any further information please go to our contact us section for details on how to contact us.