Kayak­ers win in Tas­man

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Team Makaira-In­ter­is­lander from the Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club showed their class in the Waka Te Tas­man com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this month, tak­ing out all three stages in the pre­mier W6 race.

Their time of 1: 37: 37 at Kai­teri­teri gave them an im­pres­sive win­ning mar­gin of more than five min­utes over the full 21km dis­tance.

Af­ter the team nar­rowly missed out on the tro­phy at last year’s event, this year they left no stone un­turned in their prepa­ra­tion, team mem­ber Joern Scherzer said. Fel­low paddlers Matt Archer, Marty McDow­ell, Paddy Rimene, Jack Wormald and Api Huri­hanganui all put in plenty of prac­tice time be­fore the big day on Novem­ber 17.

The event was the big­gest yet, with more than 280 paddlers and 35 teams.

Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club pre­mier women’s Team Inano also won their di­vi­sion, and Team Makaira’s Marty McDow­ell, the na­tional sprint cham­pion, won the W1 race over 10km.

In to­tal, the club took home seven tro­phies, in­clud­ing the club tro­phy, which is based on points ac­cu­mu­lated.

The club is pre­par­ing for the re­gional Waka Ama Sprint Champs on De­cem­ber 8 and 9 De­cem­ber in Porirua, and the na­tional champs on Lake Kara­piro in midJan­uary. Team MakairaIn­ter­is­lander is work­ing to im­prove on last year’s bronze medal at the na­tion­als in the W6 and WT12 500m.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Win­ners are grin­ners: A tired and wet, but smil­ing, Team Makaira-In­ter­is­lander from Porirua fol­low­ing their vic­tory at the Waka Te Tas­man.

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