Chiquita never thought she would be the kind of person to play sport, but as she approached her forties things changed.

“As I believed in myself more, I thought ‘stuff it’, I’ll give that a go,” said Chiquita.

Now outrigger canoeing – or waka ama’ – connects her to nature and her Polynesian culture, and she says it “feels like flying”. 

Video filmed pre-coronavirus