Kayak­ers out for worlds

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Four­teen pad­dlers from Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club (PCKC) will be off to Canada in Au­gust af­ter out­stand­ing per­for­mances at the New Zealand waka ama tri­als on Lake Kara­piro over Easter.

The PCKC pad­dlers will fund their own way to the World Waka Ama Sprint Cham­pi­onships in Cal­gary. Club cap­tain Turi Hodges also qual­i­fied in a crew made up of elite pad­dlers from across the coun­try.

The ju­nior 16s boys’ crew turned in race times well un­der the re­quired stan­dard for both the 500m and 1000m events, plac­ing them in a favourable po­si­tion for medal con­tention at the worlds. The open women’s crew also beat strong com­pe­ti­tion to qual­ify as one of the top in their di­vi­sion.

‘‘ These are out­stand­ing achieve­ments for both teams, who are mainly fam­ily mem­bers and close friends,’’ 2011 New Zealand waka sprint cham­pion Caleb Wharepapa says. ‘‘Their makeup is unique as top crews will of­ten be made up of pad­dlers from around the coun­try.’’

The fact all the pad­dlers live lo­cally means they can get to­gether ev­ery day says Ter­e­moana Hodges, man­ager of the open women’s crew.

‘‘Their ded­i­ca­tion to the sport sees them train in and around Porirua Har­bour twice a day, both water and land- based train­ing, six days a week. They com­mence as early as 5.30am and reg­u­larly clock up dis- tances be­tween 10 and 25km.’’

In ad­di­tion to their com­mit­ment to train­ing, the pad­dlers will be fundrais­ing and seek­ing spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties from lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

These Porirua pad­dlers are com­mit­ted to com­pet­ing with dis­tinc­tion at the world cham­pi­onships and are keen to rep­re­sent their fam­i­lies, their com­mu­nity and their coun­try with pride, Hodges says.

PCKCS will have a ‘‘text to spon­sor’’ ini­tia­tive up and run­ning soon, which will en­able fam­ily, friends and the wider com­mu­nity to get be­hind them in their buildup to­wards Cal­gary.

Photo: COLIN MCDIARMID.

World cam­paign: Mem­bers of Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club that will be spend­ing chilly morn­ings and many af­ter­noons in train­ing in the com­ing weeks for the world champs. From left, back row, Aroha Grant, Ter­e­moana Hodges-tulepu, Mere­ana Hodges, Mar­i­anna Hodges, Pa­nia Ta­hau-hodges, Naomi Brook­ing; front row, Kingston Aporo, Si­mon Al­lan, Hawaiki Wal­lace, Eli­jah Brook­ing, Tyran Te Paa, Turi Tulepu.

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