Alo Paopao paddlers celebrate sweet success

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Nafanua Open Women (Samoa) placed 1st in V6 Open Women Final 500m and 2nd in 250m Final

Nafanua Open Women (Samoa) placed 1st in V6 Open Women Final 500m and 2nd in 250m Final

Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in Apia was a place of celebration last Saturday night.

It was where winners of the first segment of the Vailima Alo Paopao International Paddling Festival 2017 celebrated after the first day of races.

Saturday’s sprint races featured 10 international teams and 7 local teams, with a total of 130 paddlers registered to race.  

Overseas clubs included two Vaka Manu junior teams (Manukau, NZ) and a range of open mens, womens and masters teams/clubs -- two teams from Pasefika (NZ), Awa (NZ), Hikoikoi (NZ), Moana Gals (NZ), Tai Tonga (NZ), Koa Kai (Sydney, Australia) and Atafa i Moana (American Samoa). 

Pualele/Laumei Mixed Team (Samoa) placed 1st in V6 Open Mix Final 500m and 2nd in the 250m Final
Pualele/Laumei Mixed Team (Samoa) placed 1st in V6 Open Mix Final 500m and 2nd in the 250m Final
Pualele Open Women (Samoa) placed 1st in V6 Open Women Final 250m
Pualele Open Women (Samoa) placed 1st in V6 Open Women Final 250m
	Vaka Manu Club Open Mens (Auckland) placed 2nd in the V6 Open Mens Final 250m and 3rd in V6 Open Mens Final 500m
Vaka Manu Club Open Mens (Auckland) placed 2nd in the V6 Open Mens Final 250m and 3rd in V6 Open Mens Final 500m
Nafanua Juniors (Samoa) placed 2nd in the Junior Final 250m
Nafanua Juniors (Samoa) placed 2nd in the Junior Final 250m
Moana Gals Masters Women (Wellington) placed 3rd in V6 Masters Women Final 250m
Moana Gals Masters Women (Wellington) placed 3rd in V6 Masters Women Final 250m
Te Ururoa Masters Women (NZ) placed 1st in V6 Masters Women Final 250m and 3rd in V6 Masters Women Final 500m
Te Ururoa Masters Women (NZ) placed 1st in V6 Masters Women Final 250m and 3rd in V6 Masters Women Final 500m
 Vaai Lau Foe Club (Samoa) placed 1st in the Open Mens Final 250m
Vaai Lau Foe Club (Samoa) placed 1st in the Open Mens Final 250m
Kimi Taliauli (Vaka Manu and NZ Junior 23 sprint champ), Ulugia Jay Ah Fook Schuster (Nafanua) and Siala Lova (Nafanua) -- Open Mens V1 Final 250m
Kimi Taliauli (Vaka Manu and NZ Junior 23 sprint champ), Ulugia Jay Ah Fook Schuster (Nafanua) and Siala Lova (Nafanua) -- Open Mens V1 Final 250m
Koa Kai Masters Women (Sydney) placed 2nd in the V6 Masters Women Finals  for 250m and 500m, and the 2nd in the V6 Open Women Final 500m
Koa Kai Masters Women (Sydney) placed 2nd in the V6 Masters Women Finals for 250m and 500m, and the 2nd in the V6 Open Women Final 500m

Local clubs who took part in races were Laumei, Pualele, Vaai Lau Foe and Nafanua. 

The festival continued yesterday with the long distance races setting off from Apia Harbour beachfront. 

The Vailima Alo Paopao Festival will wrap up with a cultural show and closing ceremony tonight, ahead of the second annual Le Aito V1 International Paddling Regatta, being held on Saturday 2 September at Taumeasina Island Resort. 

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