Bar­rib­all wins an­other na­tional ti­tle

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Grant Bar­rib­all is on top again.

A year af­ter sur­ren­der­ing his W1 men’s 500 me­tres masters ti­tle to Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club team­mate Turi Hodges, Bar­rib­all moved from the masters (aged over 39) to se­nior masters (over 49) and won the fi­nal by a boat length at the waka ama sprint na­tion­als a fort­night ago.

‘‘It wasn’t easy ... I was scep­ti­cal that I’d put in enough work,’’ he said. ‘‘I’d done a lot of coach­ing and train­ing in the W6, so I was pretty happy to win [the sin­gles event] quite con­vinc­ingly.’’

It was a tough re­gatta at Lake Kara­piro this year, be­cause it dou­bled as qual­i­fy­ing for the waka ama worlds on Aus­tralia’s Sun­shine Coast in May.

Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club took home one gold (Bar­rib­all), one sil­ver (W12 premier women 500m) and two bronze medals (W6 masters women 500m and Mar­i­ana Hodges in the premier women’s W1 500m).

Bar­rib­all said the fact he and his fel­low masters W6 crew did not qual­ify at Kara­piro for the worlds weighed heav­ily on him, but the op­por­tu­nity to con­cen­trate on the sin­gles would al­low him to fo­cus his train­ing.

He ex­pected the se­nior masters Aus­tralian and Tahi­tian pad­dlers to be dif­fi­cult to beat, but be­cause he was rel­a­tively young for the divi­sion at 52, he was op­ti­mistic.

‘‘If I keep do­ing the train­ing, I give my­self a good chance.’’

The Porirua Ca­noe Kayak Club ju­nior 19 men also missed out on fin­ish­ing in the top six at the na­tion­als, but Mar­i­ana Hodges’ re­sult means she has been se­lected for the New Zealand elite women’s team.

W6 masters women team mem­ber Se­lena Katene said her team had hoped to win gold for the third year run­ning, but the com­pe­ti­tion was the best they had en­coun­tered.

‘‘To get the bronze was great and we came fourth in the 1000 me­tres,’’ she said. ‘‘[Th­ese re­sults] meant we qual­i­fied for the worlds.’’

Te Pua

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premier women qual­i­fied for the worlds in two events.

Eden Te Paa and Tekiri Bar­rib­all, who live in Porirua but pad­dle for a J16 Otaki crew, also did well enough to make it to the world champs.

Grant Bar­rib­all af­ter win­ning the se­nior masters W1 500 me­tres event at the waka ama sprint na­tion­als last month.

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