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Gold for midgets crews at nationals

WAKA AMA

YOUNG paddlers from Tairawhiti have continued their strong form at the waka ama sprint nationals on Lake Karapiro.

YMP-Horouta crew Te Uranga o te Ra won the W12 250 metres final in the midgets class yesterday.

They were matched by Hinekahurangi-Ariki (Horouta), who won gold in the girls’ WT12 250m.

YMP crew Pipi-Kapua were fourth in the final.

Horouta crew Puhi Kaiariki were second in the W6 500m final for junior 16 women.

Many of the junior titles will be decided today.

Mareikura crew Nga Tama Toa were second in their W6 500m semifinal for J16 men yesterday, ahead of Ruawaipu (Horouta) in third, and the Mareikura Taniwha team were third in their semifinal.

In the intermediate boys division, Tangata Hianga (Horouta) were first in their W6 500m semifinal and Rukupo (YMP) were third.

In the intermediate girls, Hourouta crew Hinepukohurangi won their W6 500m semifinal.

Individual races are scheduled for tomorrow and racing in the senior categories gets under way on Thursday.

Individual racing in all age groups is being held tomorrow. Nearly 3900 paddlers representing 68 clubs in 10 age group divisions are competing at the week-long champs.

Horouta Waka Hoe crew Puhi Kaiariki (pictured) dig deep in the final of the junior 16 women's W6 500 metres on day 2 of the waka ama sprint national sprint championships at Lake Karapiro yesterday. Puhi Kaiariki played their part in an absorbing last race of the day. They finished second, pipped on the line by the Niao crew from Huntly club Rahui Pokeka Waka Sports. Niao clocked 2 minutes 13.20 seconds to Puha Kaiariki's 2:13.35. Gisborne paddlers enjoyed multiple medal success at regional and club level yesterday and that was set to continue in J16 and intermediate events today. Picture by Garrick Cameron