Saipan Paddling Club eyes Micronesia Cup

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THE Saipan Paddling Club is hoping to take part in the Micronesia Cup, which is scheduled for October on Guam.

In the 2019 Micronesia Cup Canoe Paddling Race held in Palau, the Saipan Paddling Club competed against teams from Palau, Guam, Japan, and Hong KongContributed photo


“If we raise enough funds, SPC plans to bring the Men’s, Women’s, and junior boys and girls teams to this year’s Micronesia Cup,” said Justin Andrew, head coach of SPC. “We started a fundraiser in the beginning of February, but with the pandemic impacting our economy, we are not sure if additional fundraising events are possible.”

The Saipan Paddling Club has been a loyal competitor in almost all annual events, whether on Guam, Palau, or the CNMI. “I missed some races that were held on Guam and Palau, but I’ve never missed a single race at home in the CNMI,” Andrew said.

The Micronesia Cup, also known as the Micro Cup, is an annual event that began in 1999 and is hosted alternately by Guam, the CNMI, and Palau.

“Saipan last hosted the Micro Cup in 2012 and we were supposed to host the events in 2015 and 2018, but they were canceled due to Typhoon Soudelor and Super Typhoon Yutu,” Andrew said, adding that Saipan hopes to host the Micro Cup in 2021.

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