Team pad­dles to sil­ver

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Pad­dlers from Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club have car­ried suc­cess at the long dis­tance na­tion­als through to the In­ter­na­tional Vaka Eiva in Raro­tonga.

A con­tin­gent of women pad­dlers, mainly made up of fam­ily and close friends, took out the sil­ver medal at the na­tion­als, bat­tling 20-knot winds in Whakatane they had only pre­vi­ously en­coun­tered around the back of Mana Is­land.

Crew mem­ber Mere­ana Hodges said these rough wa­ters held them in good stead for Raro­tonga, how­ever, where they col­lected gold in two of their three events – the open women’s V6 18km race and the open women’s V6 500m sprint.

Hodges also took out sil­ver in the mas­ter women’s 12km OC1 race, while some of the women’s crew also com­bined with their male coun­ter­parts and raced in the Round Raro Re­lay 36km race, and placed third.

The club’s un­der-14s crew were also suc­cess­ful in Raro­tonga, win­ning bronze medals in the mixed 250m sprint and the 2km la­goon race, while the un­der-16s also raced well but missed out on a podium fin­ish.

The women and men’s crews for Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club are com­prised of three sis­ters, one brother and three in-laws.

Com­bined with the tal­ent of these crews was the drive to hon­our a loved one, who re­cently passed away. Aunty Elma Maua (Arikipuia) was a well-known jour­nal­ist through­out the Pa­cific and tak­ing part in Vaka Eiva was a way our whanau could hon­our her me­mory,’’ Tere Tulepu-Hodges said.

Club-mem­bers now have their sights on the waka ama sprint na­tion­als on Lake Kara­piro next month.

Waka women: Mem­bers of the Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club claimed a num­ber of medals re­cently, both in New Zealand and over­seas. The cham­pion women’s crew, pic­tured from left, (back row) Mere­ana Hodges, Ter­e­moana TulepuHodges and Mar­i­anna Hodges, (front row) Pa­nia Ta­hau-Hodges, Mar­i­anne Archer, Tina Kearns and Naomi Brook­ing.

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