Na­tional medal haul for sur­prised Reiser


He reck­ons it’s only taken him 19 years to win a na­tional ca­noe sprint K1 medal but North Shore kayaker Ashton Reiser has quickly got a taste for it.

The 19-year-old capped a bril­liant three days at the NZCT New Zealand ca­noe sprint cham­pi­onships at Lake Kara­piro over the week­end by win­ning sil­ver in the K1 500m, just 1.80secs be­hind Mana’s Kur­tis Im­rie and ex­actly the same mar­gin in front of Poverty Bay’s Quaid Thomp­son. Ear­lier, he’d picked up bronze in the K1 200m and nabbed a trio of team boat golds.

The re­sults put him firmly in line for a call-up to the na­tional high per­for­mance squad and came as a bit of a sur­prise to the af­fa­ble Reiser af­ter patchy earl­y­sea­son form.

‘‘I came away from Blue Lakes [se­lec­tion event be­fore Christ­mas] with only a bronze medal so I’m not sure where this week­end came from but I’m pretty stoked,’’ Reiser said. ‘‘I changed my race plan and re­ally fo­cused on my starts and that made a big dif­fer­ence.’’

North Shore team­mate Karl McMurtie was the lead­ing Kiwi in the K1 200m, sneak­ing past Im­rie by just 0.06secs, with Reiser pick­ing up bronze, al­though all three Ki­wis trailed Ja­panese vis­i­tor Mo­mo­taro Mat­sushita, who clocked 37.59secs to win.

Reiser and McMur­trie flew home in the men’s K2 200m in 34.20secs, just 0.40secs clear of Mana’s Ethan Moore and Im­rie, while they also joined forces with Tim Waller and Tuva’a Clifton to win the men’s K4 200m and K4 500m ti­tles.

Caitlin Ryan also had a re­gatta to re­mem­ber, with the North Shore Olympian push­ing her world cham­pion K2 team­mate Lisa Car­ring­ton in the k1 500m fi­nal, with Car­ring­ton clock­ing 1:49.78 and Ryan 1:50.25, af­ter lead­ing for the first half of the race. French Olympian Sarah Guyot was third in 1:55.25. The re­sult means Car­ring­ton will have to trial against Ryan for a world cham­pi­onship spot later in the year. Ryan was also third in the K1 200m, be­hind Car­ring­ton and Aimee Fisher, then paired with Car­ring­ton to win the K2 500m by nearly 5secs ahead of Mana’s Kayla Im­rie and Danielle Wat­son, with Elise Le­garth and Fisher (Hawke’s Bay) third. Ryan also helped her North Shore crew take out the K4 500m, along­side Briar McLeely, Rochelle Austin and Sa­malulu Clifton.


North Shore kayaker Ashton Reiser com­pet­ing at the NZCT New Zealand ca­noe sprint cham­pi­onships at Lake Kara­piro.

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