Mana kayak­ers im­press

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Mana was strongly rep­re­sented at the na­tional kayak marathon cham­pi­onships, hosted by Mana Kayak Rac­ing Club on Porirua Har­bour over the week­end of April 14 and 15.

Marty Mc­dow­ell won the men’s K1 open, in his third na­tional ti­tle for 2012 along­side wins at waka ama and surf life­sav­ing na­tion­als. Sec­ond in the same race was Glenn Muir­head, the two lo­cals beat­ing out seven row­ers from as far afield as Christchurch, Hawke’s Bay and New Ply­mouth.

In age grades, Tess Allen was the U14 win­ner, Trent Shields the U19 and Sandy Win­ter­ton took line hon­ours in the 45-54 cat­e­gory.

On the Sun­day the southerly winds eased and the sun came out for the K2 team races. Mana did not com­pete in the men’s open but age groups went to Tess Allen and Danielle Wat­son in U16, pad­dling up from U14.

More than 50 pad­dlers were en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion, which was a tal­ent-spot­ting ground for world cham­pi­onships, Mana Kayak Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent Greg Adlam said. ‘‘It was re­ally good rac­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘Our big thing is to get more lo­cal pad­dlers. That’s what we’re re­ally aim­ing to do.’’

Mc­dow­ell’s win came on the back of his vic­tory in the surf ski final at the na­tional champs in Gis­borne in March and the open men’s sprint ti­tle at the waka ama na­tion­als on Lake Kara­piro in Jan­uary.

The 25 year old will rep­re­sent his coun­try at the outrig­ger ca­noe­ing world champs in Canada in Au­gust and then go to Rome for the Ca­noe Kayak Marathon World Cham­pi­onship in Septem­ber.

Mc­dow­ell fits his train­ing around study­ing ma­rine en­gi­neer­ing in Auck­land.

‘‘He’s trained re­ally hard in the last year,’’ dad Liam Mc­dow­ell says. ‘‘Marty has a lot more be­lief in him­self than he used to, he goes into all the events with plenty of con­fi­dence.’’

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Surf’s up: Ti­tahi Bay’s Marty Mc­dow­ell has had a stand­out few months, with wins on the water lead­ing to travel to Canada and Italy later this year.

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