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Two Porirua waka ama clubs re­cently re­turned from the sprint na­tion­als with a num­ber of medals.

The Hawaiki Nui Tu­arua club, who are known by their Don’t Touch my Food moniker, took three ju­nior teams to the event, held at Lake Kara­piro near Cam­bridge from Jan­uary 15 to 19.

More than 2500 com­peti­tors took part from clubs across the coun­try, an in­crease on pre­vi­ous years.

One of the Don’t Touch my Food coaches, Mandy Hat­ton, says their paddlers had been train­ing on Porirua Har­bour and Pau­ata­hanui In­let three times a week since Septem­ber, and it paid off.

The two J16 teams – green and black – com­bined to win gold in the W12, 500-me­tre race, while the J16 black crew took sil­ver in both the 500m and 1000m races.

Mean­while, the in­ter­me­di­ate girls waka ama team Ran­gi­tope­ora from the Toa Waka Ama Club won gold in both the 500m and 1000m races and boys from a team based at Na­tone Park School won a gold – dou­ble hull race – and bronze – W6 1000m – in the in­ter­me­di­ate sec­tion.

By­ron Kelly- Nansen, Site Euta, Sa­muel Maki­iti, Hoani Phillips, Jaylib Tak­erei and Tama­houkura Gun­son were the Na­tone paddlers.

Hat­ton says along with the train­ing put in by all the Porirua clubs, the Porirua Ca­noe and Kayak Club ran two re­gat­tas in Novem­ber to prac­tise rac­ing.

‘‘It pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for les­s­ex­pe­ri­enced paddlers to have a go and th­ese were both ex­cel­lent events. It’s easy to see why this is one of the fastest- grow­ing sports in New Zealand.’’

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Medal­lists: Mem­bers of the J16 Don’t Touch my Food (black) crew that won gold in W12 500m and two sil­ver medals are Rino Hagai, Ke­mara Hauiti-Para­para, Tana Salz­mann, Jah­nec Tau­rima, Oliver Smith and Tane Lam­bie-Har­ri­son.

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