Waka ama action
Team Makaira-interislander from the Mana Pasifika waka ama club contested the Waka Te Tasman race in Kaiteriteri recently, with the men’s and junior teams both performing well.
The event is becoming increasingly popular and two Porirua clubs, Mana Pasifika OCC (at Ngatitoa Domain) and Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club (Onepoto), raced in Kaiteriteri. More than 30 teams took part in the three-stage races, over 1km, 8km and 12km.
Team Turama, a six- man under- 16 crew from Porirua Canoe and Kayak Club, won their division.
Makaira-interislander couldn’t repeat their first placing from 2010, the honours going to Nelson team Motueka Men.
The racing was very tight, with no room for error, with just over a minute between first and second place over the 21km distance.
During the season they trained together three times a week, though most of the team trained every day, says crew member Joern Scherzer.
Training involves up to 70-80km a week on the water, plus additional gym and/or cardio workouts.
The squad comprises eight paddlers, five of whom reside locally.
Scherzer says the team draws on the paddlers from within the whole region as it is the only way to become competitive at national and international level.
‘‘We draw on the best paddlers in the region, so selection for the team is based on performance.
‘‘However, because there is a strong paddler base in Mana and Porirua, the team involves a number of paddlers from here.’’
Mana Pasifika’s masters crew was in Rarotonga last week for the Vaka Eiva.
They achieved third-place in the 12km V6.
Team Makaira is now preparing for the Regional Sprint Champs off Onepoto this weekend and the nationals in January next year on Lake Karapiro.
Toiling away: Team Makaira-interislander member Matt Archer puts in the big strokes during the Waka Te Tasman.