CICA is excited to begin our youth development Schools Program for 2017 on Monday 20th of February. BSP has generously agreed to continue as our Naming sponsor for the BSP Vaka Iti Schools Program & Regatta 2017.
This years program will see approximately 350 students from the colleges of Tereora, Nukutere, Titikaveka, Papaaroa, Imanuela and Araura in Aitutaki complete a 7 week coaching program leading up to the Regatta day on Monday 10th of April. This years Regatta Sprint day will be held at Nikao Beach in front of supporting Sponsor Vaiana’s Bar & Bistro.
Race divisions will be under 14yrs, under 16yr & under 19yr divisions for V6 Sprints, and K1(olympic class) Sprints.
Students studying physical education gain NCEA level 1 & level 2 credits for the program and race day as part of their studies. The Vaka Iti program through Oe Vaka promotes leadership, water safety awareness, swimming; survival skills, paddling and canoe care techniques, teamwork and knowledge of our waters including the currents, tides and corals. It also promotes the importance of appreciating, respecting and caring for our natural environment