Porirua pad­dlers shine at na­tion­als

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Porirua Ca­noe Club pad­dlers im­pressed at the long dis­tance waka ama na­tion­als in North­land over Easter.

In the W6 32km masters women’s grade, Tai­ma­nia grabbed the gold by just a whisker and NgaAri, in the W2 18km open women’s grade, nailed their victory by more than eight sec­onds.

Te Pua Inano won sil­ver in the W6 32km open women’s grade, as did Mar­i­anna Hodges in the 18km open women and Lawrence Hynes in the 18km masters men. Turi Hodges was sixth in that lat­ter event.

Bronze medals were earned by Ari­ana Ran­som (15km ju­nior 19 women), Tak­itimu (W6 ju­nior 16 women) and Te Rau Matangi (W6 26-30km masters men).

More than 600 pad­dlers from 35 clubs took to the wa­ter off Ruakaka in what or­gan­is­ers said was the big­gest turnout ever for the long dis­tance champs.

The sport over­all was con­tin­u­ing to flour­ish, said Lara Collins, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Waka Ama New Zealand.

‘‘ We’ve made a big push through­out New Zealand.

‘‘It’s great to see crowds and clubs turn up in such big num­bers,’’ she said.

‘‘Over the past few years clubs have been pop­ping up all over the place and they’ve pro­gressed hugely in a short time,’’ Collins said.

Photo: GAR­RICK CAMERON

Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club’s Te Pua Inano, who came sec­ond in the W6 open women’s 26-30km fi­nal. From front, Mar­i­anna Hodges, Mere­ana Hodges, Ngahuia Henare, Amiria Salz­mann, Sha­ianne Kiel and Ari­ana Ran­som.

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