Asia Pacific team touch down in Tokyo

The team have arrived in Komatsu after a long flight to Tokyo as well as and overnight stay there.

There are a lot of nerves topped with such excitement at being in Japan. Not only is it the first international competition for a lot of the young paddlers (U16, U18, U21) but for some it is their first time overseas.

The regatta provides great experience for them and being involved with the Japanese culture will be really eye opening for everyone.

The travelling contingent were greeted at Komatsu airport by Japanese paddlers, local school children, representatives from the Japanese federation and some local media.

It was amazing to have such a warm welcome.

Monday was the first training day in Komatsu. It was a calm hot day and was 28 degrees and  a few athletes were reminded about the importance of a lot of sunblock.

Training went well and boats were selected for competition later in the week.

The afternoon was filled with some cultural activities in different groups. There was a sake brewery tour, Japanese sweet making and Magatama workshop (bead making).

Another group of paddlers explored the local area. Everyone is enjoying learning about the culture and the food is delicious.

Today our team were joined by a small team from the Philippines in the hotel and tomorrow the Australian team will be here so the atmosphere will be really different.

Tuesday will also be the first double training day so it promises to will be a busy one.

The team will be training every day this week before the opening ceremony on Thursday afternoon (29th) followed by two and a half days of competition from 30th September to October 2nd.

Racing is comprised of 200m, 500m and 1000m with team relays on Sunday.

The racing will be livestreamed. Keep an eye on the CRNZ Social Media channels for the link.