Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT, FITNESS & RECREATION -

Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club (aka PCKC) was first es­tab­lished in the 1980’s. At the time White­wa­ter Ca­noe slalom was the club’s main ac­tiv­ity. In 1993 PCKC was in­tro­duced to Waka Ama through lo­cal club Hawaik­inui Tu­arua ki Otaki. Af­ter 20 years of pad­dling with other clubs, PCKC for­mally ap­plied and were granted af­fil­i­a­tion with the Waka Ama Na­tional body in 2011. Im­me­di­ately the few club mem­bers at the time headed up the hills to cut gorse over sev­eral week­ends to help fundraise for the 3 Waka now owned by the club. In 2012 PCKC took 8 teams to the Na­tion­als. This in­creased to 14 teams in 2013, with the club rank­ing 8th out of ap­prox 50 clubs na­tion­wide. This is a great achieve­ment given the clubs in­fancy and con­sid­er­ing the long es­tab­lished and distin­guished clubs gen­er­ally fea­tured in the top ten. To­gether with the success of other lo­cal clubs, Porirua has fast be­come a train­ing ground for some of the coun­try’s top paddlers. Our phi­los­o­phy at PCKC is ‘success is part of the jour­ney not the des­ti­na­tion’. This means we teach skills that make peo­ple good paddlers, good lead­ers and good team play­ers. Make th­ese qual­i­ties your goal and the re­sults will come. PCKC was recog­nised for this at the 2012 Na­tion­als when the club was awarded the pres­ti­gious Ace Cuthers Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for Club Spirit. Waka Ama caters for all age groups and is the per­fect way for a whole fam­ily to stay healthy. Also, for peo­ple want­ing a change in their fit­ness rou­tines Waka Ama builds strength and en­durance. If you are in­ter­ested in pad­dling, PCKC holds a Whanau Day the first Sun­day of the month, 12pm at the Ti­tahi Bay Boat Club, cor­ner of Gloam­ing Hill and Onepoto Rd. The club also runs two ‘Have a Go Har­bour Se­ries’ events for novice paddlers.

For more info con­tact us on Face­book or email poriru­a­ca­noekayak­club@gmail.com

‘TU­RAMA’

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