Olympic medalist to visit CO
A New Zealand kayaker and Olympic silver medalist is coming to Central Otago to support a group of students selected for the New Zealand development squad.
Luuka Jones, 27, who competed in the K100 canoe slalom at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, won silver after posting a blemish-free 101.82sec time that was only beaten by Spain’s Maialen Chourraut.
Central Otago Whitewater Club spokeswoman Julie Nelson said Jones will be in Alexandra on Saturday, October 8, for a fundraising dinner at Orchard Gardens to support six Dunstan High School students who had been selected for the New Zealand under-18 canoe slalom development squad.
Jones, from Tauranga, had competed in numerous canoe slalom world cup campaigns and the London Olympics before winning silver at the Rio games.
She created history with her silver medal in the K1 canoe slalom, as it was New Zealand’s first medal on the Olympics whitewater.
Jones was still a pre-teen at Otumoetai Intermediate in Tauranga when she noted some life goals on a school English project, which included such gems as ‘‘When I grow up, I want to be a world famous kayaker’’ and ‘‘Olympic medal’’.
Tickets cost $40 for adults and $25 for pupils from Community House in Alexandra.
Luuka Jones secured a silver medal in the women’s K1 final in Rio.