Waka ama ac­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

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.

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