With members separated by oceans, social distancing received’t be an issue for Imua Household Companies’ annual paddling race benefiting Camp Imua.
For the previous eight years, Imua Family Services has unified water sports activities athletes from across the state and world by means of Paddle Imua, a profit race alongside the well-known Maliko downwind run that raises funds for Imua’s annual summer season camp program for kids with particular wants – Camp Imua. On this, it’s ninth yr, the company is unable to carry Paddle Imua in its conventional format due to restrictions on massive particular occasions as a result of well being & security considerations. With ocean athletes around the globe persevering with to have interaction of their sports activities in native areas, it grew to become obvious that Imua would want to evolve to create one thing else – one thing world. Thus, Paddle Imua World Problem was born. Athletes across the globe can paddle out wherever they’re, on any physique of water, on the craft or vessel of their selecting, throughout a time of day that fits their wants and proceed to help kids with particular wants on Maui. The only real unifying issue that hyperlinks members collectively is the intention of the guts as we come collectively to help Camp Imua and the youngsters this system serves.
Registrations for the occasion have are available in from around the globe, together with from such far-off locations as Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand. With over 90 registrants to this point, Japan boasts not solely the biggest contingent exterior of the US, but additionally the youngest participant in Dive Kuramoto (Hiroshima, Japan). Dive has been paddling for over 5 years. He’s at the moment 13, and although he makes use of a wheelchair, he has by no means let that get in the best way his paddling. Imua is worked up to have him take part this yr and have made him an honorary Camp Imua participant!
Whereas there isn’t a competition celebration, awards ceremony or winners to be introduced, there’s a spirit of world camaraderie happening. Paddlers will put up photos, movies, tales and blogs of their Paddle Imua expertise over social media, and every participant will obtain the official Paddle Imua swag – both through mail or pick-up for Maui members.
There may be nonetheless time to register for the digital world occasion at www.paddleimua.com, which can happen July 17-19, 2020. The slogan this yr is ANYWHERE, ANYTHING, ANYTIME! Get out on the water wherever you occur to be, make the most of the craft of your selecting and go on the time that’s finest for you! Above all, be protected, have enjoyable they usually hope to see everybody on Maui in 2021!
Photos courtesy Imua Household Companies