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