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Hawaiʻi prepares to host world championship of canoe paddling in 2024

Female paddlers cheering on the sidelines of Dorney Lake as canoes make their way to the finish line.
Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi
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Members of Team Hawaiʻi cheer on their fellow Hawaiʻi paddlers competing at the 2022 World Sprint Championship at Dorney Lake, England.

Hundreds of paddlers from Hawaiʻi traveled to England over the summer to compete in the 2022 International Va’a Federation's World Sprint Championship. The competition is usually held in places like Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaiʻi and other Pacific nations.

The Conversation talked to Vanessa Weiss from Maui’s Island Masters Club about the strong showing of women master paddlers this year. She also shared how Hawaiʻi is preparing to host the competition in Hilo Bay in 2024.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 11, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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