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Paddling is about more than winning for Satele brothers

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There's still a pregame huddle to start things off, but the sport and setting are very new for Brashton and AJ Satele.

"For me it was like walking again," said Brashton, a former linebacker for the University of Hawaii.  "I mean, you do football and it's hitting people, running, using your legs.  Paddling is more your upper body and conditioning, so I really had to condition my body different."

The brothers are now members of the 'Olelo O Ke Ola' canoe club, an outlet that they first took up to keep their competitive juices flowing.

"Just to be in the water felt great and sure enough when you are in the water with a bunch of different canoes and you see one going a little faster, you want to go faster," said AJ, who was a first baseman at UH-Hilo.

The club is part of the Word of Life church and the brothers quickly found their new sport goes way beyond winning.

"Paddling for the lord and giving glory to his name the whole time...that's the biggest reward for us," AJ said.

Just months into knowing the Sateles, the club's coach has found their athletic and mental toughness has already made a difference.

"They showed everybody whatever you played, I mean any sport, you can do it," said Kevin Mokuahi, the club's coach. "If you want to do it, you can and they help me make my job easier because they help me get these other guys to be athletes and take it to the next level." 

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