For the second year in a row, Horouta Waka Hoe completed a clean sweep of the W1 premier women's class at the national waka ama sprint championships on Lake Karapiro yesterday.
In the last race of the fourth day of competition, the Self Storage Gisborne Horouta Waka Hoe paddlers overcame their opponents in a 1-2-3 premier women's finish for the club.
Akayshia Williams was unstoppable as she claimed her third premier crown in four years.
She took control from the start and was never headed to win by more than six seconds from clubmate Cory Campbell — who was also second last year — with Rose King completing the trifecta.
Club president Walton Walker said while a club sweep of the medals in a premier division final had happened before, it was still a rare and special feat.
It was a complete performance by the women, with Williams dominant throughout the day as she progressed to the final with ease, he said.
Wednesday was W1 racing day from intermediate through to the master 70 divisions
It was also a big day for the Campbell whanau led by national coach and prolific title winner Kiwi Campbell, who added to the Horouta coffers with gold in the master women's W1 final.
“What's important for us is your wellbeing and health as a whanau,” said Campbell, a former premier W1 NZ title winner.
It was her first time competing in the masters (over-40s) division and she made her title-winning move at the halfway mark to finish 2½ seconds clear of the field.
Kiwi's husband Bruce finished ninth in the premier men's final won by Nga Hoe Horo's Tupu King, Rose King's brother.
Kiwi Campbell said it was a great feeling to reap the rewards of the hard work the paddlers, coaches and management had put into training and competing.
Gisborne's Mareikura club also had a busy day in the water, with 11 paddlers involved in finals.
Jarrod Hill won the only medal for the club with a stunning performance in the junior 16 men's final.
Hill saved his best to last to fend off top qualifier Isaiah Rapapa (Cook Islands) by 2.76 seconds in the smart time of 2.29.31.
Rangi-Riana Williams — Akayshia's sister — was second in the J19 women's final; Aoatea Gardner (Hor) was second in the J16 women's final; and Marianne Gillingham (Hor) was third in the golden master women's final.
Horouta's efforts maintained their commanding lead on the points table going into today's programme featuring mainly W6 500m races from J16 age groups up.
Akayshia Williams (Horouta) 1st; Cory Campbell (Hor) 2nd; Rose King (Hor) 3rd, Sieda Tureia (Hor) 8th.
Bruce Campbell (Hor) 9th.
Kiwi Campbell (Hor) 1st; Kara Te Whata-Maynard (Mareikura) 12th.
Grant Donaldson (Hor) 8th.
Golden master women
Marianne Gillingham (Hor) 3rd; Mihi Aston (Hor) 6th, Raipoia Brightwell (Mar) 7th
Master 70 women
Katrina Wooldridge (Hor) 7th; Kathy Sheldrake (Hor) 8th.
Makayla Timoti (Hor) 6th; Keri Ngatoro (Hor) 7th.
Caleb Akroyd (Mar) 6th.
Junior 19 women
Rangi-Riana Williams (Hor) 2nd; Gaibreill Wainohu (Hor) 4th; Te Aomihia Pewhairangi (Hor) 11th.
Junior 19 men
Anaru Paenga-Morgan (Hor) 4th.
Junior 16 women
Aoatea Gardner (Hor) 2nd; Teagan Ngataki (Hor) 6th; Piper Glass-Donaldson (Hor) 11th; Te Riringa Babbington-Parata (Hor) 12th.
Junior 16 men
Jarrod Hill (Mar) 1st; Mahaki Albrett-Tureia (Mar) 9th; Raumati Rakuraku (Mar) 11th.
Jorja Hill (Mar) 5th; Hine Brooking (Horouota) 6th; Ainise Toupili (Mar) 7th; Jorjah Tuapawa (Mar) 12th.
Mahara Kururangi (Mar) 4th; Jack Gifford (Mar) 7th.