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AOTEAROA’S FINEST

More medals for Gisborne paddlers
WAKA AMA

HOROUTA and Mareikura have improved their medal tallies further at the waka ama national sprint championships at Lake Karapiro.

This morning, a combined crew from the two clubs, Te Uranga o te Ra, claimed silver in the senior master women’s W12 500-metres final, finishing behind Ruamata crew Aloha Moana.

Yesterday was a day devoted almost exclusively to heats and semifinals for paddlers in the junior 19 and senior categories, as well as corporate races.

However, Self Storage Gisborne Horouta Waka Hoe senior master men’s crew Ko Wai To Papa picked up a bronze medal in the W12 500m final.

Horouta Waka Hoe are well ahead on the medal tally and, as of yesterday, fellow Gisborne club Mareikura were fourth.

1ST, 2ND AND 3RD: Gisborne waka ama clubs completed a clean sweep of the junior 16 men's W1 500m final. Mareikura club member Hunter Hewson (middle) won in a time of 2 minutes 15.64 seconds, with Horouta's Mairangi Campbell (right) second in 2.17.44 and Mareikura's Jarrod Hill third (left) in 2.18.60. All pictures by Garrick Cameron
HOROUTA HEROINES: Horouta Waka Hoe completed a 1-2-3 in the premier women's W1 500 metres final at the Aotearoa waka ama sprint championships on Lake Karapiro on Wednesday. From left are Kiwi Campbell, who was third, winner Akayshia Williams and second-placed Cory Campbell. In front is Kiwi's niece Mila Takao. National coach Kiwi has an outstanding W1 record. The 38-year-old has been in every premier or open women's final since 2008, winning the title in 2013 and 2014 and making the podium on four other occasions. Williams collected her third premier women's W1 crown — she won in 2017 and 2018 — to go along with three junior 19 women's titles. Cory Campbell, Kiwi's niece, added silver to last year's premier women's bronze and various medals in J19, J16 and intermediate age groups.
CHAMPION AGAIN: Darius Apanui-Nepe added yet another W1 title to Horouta Waka Hoe's coffers in the under-23 men's final at the Aotearoa waka ama sprint nationals. Apanui-Nepe, in lane 1, took the lead early and was always in control, cruising across the finish line, then smacking his hand into the water in celebration. His time of 2.10.19 was over a second ahead of runner-up Narada Bury of Rotorua club Hei Matau Paddlers. Apanui-Nepe's success is a natural progression. He has won W1 titles at intermediate, junior 16 and junior 19 level.