Well de­served waka ama break

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Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club’s mas­ter women’s team, Tai­ma­nia, are tak­ing a well-de­served break af­ter their suc­cess­ful sum­mer.

‘‘They can have two weeks off,’’ coach Grant Bar­rib­all said.

The next big cam­paign is the buildup to the world waka ama sprints on the Sun­shine Coast, Australia, in May 2016.

Tai­ma­nia have vir­tu­ally gone from one big event to an­other, clean­ing up the gold medals each time.

Their run started at the in­ter­na­tional Vaka Eiva event last Novem­ber in Raro- tonga, when they swept first place in all three events.

They then de­fended their na­tional sprints ti­tle at Lake Kara­piro in Jan­uary.

Shortly af­ter came victory in the chal­leng­ing New Zealand changeover 42-kilo­me­tre race at Taka­puna.

Tai­ma­nia couldn’t rest, how­ever, un­til the the na­tional long-dis­tance cham­pi­onships in Whangarei, where they man­aged to snatch the gold from Auck­land only in the last three kilo­me­tres of the 42km race.

‘‘We had to battle hard for this one,’’ pad­dler Pa­nia Ta­hau-Hodges said. made for an even sweeter victory.

‘‘We were hun­gry for the win, but knew we needed to keep things strong and con­trolled through­out. We stuck to our game plan and it paid off.’’

The sprint race and the long-dis­tance race re­quire dif­fer­ent strate­gies and abil­i­ties.

Barib­all said it was un­com­mon for a team to hold na­tional ti­tles in both events, so Tai­ma­nia had proved them­selves New Zealand’s top pad­dlers and should be proud of their achieve­ments.

‘‘It

Tai­ma­nia waka ama mem­bers, from left, Naomi Brook­ing, Pa­nia Ta­hau-Hodges, Lynette Tyrrell, Sarah Snow, Tere Hodges-Tulepu and Selena Katene. El­iz­a­beth Sav­age is ab­sent.

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