Porirua Canoe Kayak Club
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.
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