Napu paddlers to defend titles vs Guam, Palau


Napu youth paddlers and the club’s officials pose for a photo at the departure area of the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport yesterday before heading to Guam to compete in this weekend’s 19th Micronesia Cup at Matapang Beach. (Contributed Photo)

Napu Outrigger Canoe Club’s youth paddlers will be defending their titles against host Guam and Palau in this weekend’s 19th Micronesia Cup at Matapang Beach.

Napu’s junior teams swept the Top 3 in the junior mix 500m, 1,500m, and long-distance course of the 18th Micro Cup held in Palau last year and will be the squad to beat in the Oct. 26 to 29 competition in Guam.

Seventeen youth paddlers will be representing the club in this weekend’s races and they all left for Guam yesterday. The team is made up of Catherine Calms, Leisha Deleon Guerrero, Mayiah Duenas, Daydra Hocog, Isabel Ito, Dayna Macaranas, Dhalian Salas, Poima Tarkong, Steven Goodwin, Paul Heo, Joseph Nekaifes, Darian Salas, Nathan Nogis, Oldie Joe Roligat , Abbas Shakir, Jon Paul Sablan, and You Jin Jun.

“The kids have been working hard at practice. They are mentally and physically prepared so we are confident that our kids will do well,” Napu president Ponce Rasa said in an interview with Saipan Tribune last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Napu would like to thank the following for making their participation to the Micro Cup possible: Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Saipan Northern Islands Delegation, Imperial Pacific International’s CSR Team, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Marianas Variety, IT&E Triple J Enterprises Inc, SDA Clinic, Megabyte of Saipan, McDonalds of Saipan/Guam, and Reps. Edmund Villagomez, Jose Itibus, Arnold Palacios, Donald Barcinas, BJ Attao, JP Sablan, Francisco Dela Cruz, Frank Aguon, Sixto Igisomar, Justo Quitugua, Ivan Blanco, Angel Demapan, Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero, Edwin Propst, Gregorio Sablan Jr., and Rafael Demapan.

“We are deeply humbled by the tremendous generosity and support we are receiving from our community members and businesses alike,” Rasa said.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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