Peter O’Neill Cup canoe race

K100,000 committed every year for Aroma canoe racing

Speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister, Chief Secretary, Issac Lupari made this commitment to support the sport annually during the opening of the inaugural Peter O’Neill Cup canoe race on Friday at Pelagai village.

“Canoe racing is not only a sporting event; it brings communities together and brings about love, peace and unity.

Lupari thanked the organisers of the canoe race who had worked hard behind the scenes to make the one day event a success.

Constable (1) wins Peter O’Neill Cup canoe race

A total of 37 canoes took to the beach at Pelagai village for a 12pm start and were greeted with perfect conditions in their quest to share in the spoils of the K100,000 that was up for grabs.

Flying in on a helicopter in the morning, Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari officially opened the race.

The crew of brothers from Maopa- Mari Kapa and Wari Kapa steered Constable (1) into the front after the fifth lap and maintained this lead until the finish to walk away K10,000 richer.