Wanaka’s Annabel An­der­son still num­ber one

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - MAR­JORIE COOK

Wanaka pad­dle boarder Annabel An­der­son has won her fifth con­sec­u­tive Carolina Cup in the United States and main­tained her num­ber one world rank­ing go­ing into her north­ern hemi­sphere sea­son of races.

An­der­son’s vic­tory was earned on April 22 at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on the the 13.2 mile elite ‘‘grave­yard’’ course.

It was her first hit out after a sum­mer spent keep­ing fit on Wanaka’s moun­tain bike tracks.

How­ever, a ‘‘cou­ple of stacks’’ off her bike, plus a mist­imed ejec­tion from a wave, saw her nurs­ing her shoul­der and ribs for two months and ham­pered her pad­dle board­ing prepa­ra­tion.

But the moun­tain bike crashes have not caused her to throw her wheels away.

‘‘I am gut­ted that this clashed with the Hawea Epic. I re­ally want to do that one. All the fun on the bike seems to pay off on the wa­ter.’’




she ex­e­cuted her race plan ex­actly as she wanted.

‘‘I opened up the after-burn­ers at the 2-hour mark,’’ she told jour­nal­ists af­ter­wards.

There was a gap of sev­eral min­utes back to her clos­est ri­val, Fiona Wylde, of the US.

Fel­low New Zealand pad­dler Pene­lope Stickland-Arm­strong was sev­enth.


Annabel An­der­son in a recre­ational mood on Lake Wanaka.

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