Mas­ter­ing Taka­puna

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

LO­CAL woman Monique John­son re­cently trav­elled to New Zealand with hus­band Steve to com­pete in the Taka­puna Cup.

Lo­cated an hour north of Auck­land, New Zealand’s pre­mier long dis­tance Waka Ama Event is truly mak­ing its mark on the In­ter­na­tional Outrig­ger Cir­cuit, with teams at­tend­ing from all over the world.

The pair com­peted in an OC1 24km re­lay race in which they came first in the masters di­vi­sion.

The cou­ple also com­peted in a mar­ried cou­ples race in OC6 mixed marathon and came sec­ond with cou­ples from Cairns.

John­son said the weather was great and the at­mos­phere was fun with many ca­noes on the start line.

‘‘Over the three-day event we were spoilt with cul­tural greet­ings and danc­ing to give the event a real Maori feel,’’ she said.

‘‘Many of the com­peti­tors we met there are really look­ing for­ward to coming to Aus­tralia for our 40km down­wind event in June where we will pad­dle from Palm Cove to Port Dou­glas.

‘‘We should have a world class field here this year. Port Dou­glas Outrig­gers would love to see some more men join the club.’’

POW­ER­ING TO VIC­TORY: Monique John­son in New Zealand

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