The defending senior regatta champions of Agence Universitaire De La Francophonie have once again defended their title in the Senior Mix Quad race.

The crew consisted of Luigi Teilemb, Kiki Jonas, Eslyn Joseph and Rita Rii, while this year’s Junior Mix Quad trophy was won by a combined schools crew from Central School, with Zachary Kalotiti and Dougney Fred, and Port Vila International School’s Mona Bruce and Abbey Triggs.

With 50 students registered to race it was another fantastic and competitive competition for the Port Vila Rowing Club. Students represented seven different schools from Port Vila during this 2019 Schools Regatta on the 15th August Public Holiday.

This successful regatta would not have been possible without the help of our main sponsors; The Havannah Resort Vanuatu and Pacific Catering who supplied new free regatta t-shirts and put on a barbecue for all the athletes and volunteers to enjoy.

It was a wonderful sight to see the club so full of activity with every single, double and quad scull and all of the oars set up on trestles ready for competition. Although the day started off with a few showers that did not hinder the athletes’ enthusiasm.

With students representing their schools with pride and determination.

The students from Port Vila International School, Malapoa College, Tebakor College, Central School, AUF, University of the South Pacific and Vanuatu Institute of Technology competed across 10 different events, and it was great to see competitive and equal representation of male and female students.

After a prayer and race briefing from club official, Allan Kalfabun, the racing kicked off at 9:30am starting with the Junior Mix Quad race and continued throughout the day with a number of close finishes and also a number of close incidents with two quads coming close to colliding at the finish line and one double coming close to capsizing it was an eventful day for the families and friends who came to spectate.

Our coaches, Elaine Moli and Kaza Tarivonda, were proud of the way all the teams strived to finish the race to the best of their ability, as they pushed through the drive allowing their blades to sweep along the water at racing pace. Proud parents, friends and families cheered and supported participants at the finish line.

As one heat began, busy volunteers made sure the next crew was on the water ready to row to the starting line. Without our hardworking volunteers the event wouldn’t have been possible so the Port Vila Rowing Club would like to thank the hard work of all of the volunteers, particularly the regatta organizer Elaine Moli, a Development Coach with the VRA, and our Director of Rowing, Jessica Richardson, also an Australian Volunteer with VASANOC.

We encourage all of the schools to continue training towards next year’s regatta and remind all students that their membership is free for 2019 at the Port Vila Rowing Club. Congratulations everyone for making this year’s event such a success!

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