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Ten out of 11 for Horouta Waka Hoe

WAKA AMA.

Two emphatic wins to premier women’s team Kaiarahi Toa, an individual victory to Akayshia Williams in the premier women’s 250-metre dash and retention of the points trophy were the highlights of the final day of the waka ama sprint nationals for Horouta Waka Hoe Club.

The results gave Horouta a clean sweep of wins in the premier women’s W1 and W6 events — W1 250m and 500m (Akayshia Williams), and W6 500m and 1500m (Kaiarahi Toa).

Self Storage Gisborne Horouta medallists on the final day of Te Wananga o Aotearoa National Sprint Championships were Kaiarahi Toa, first in the premier women’s W6 1500m and first in the W6 500m; Akayshia Williams, first in the premier women’s W1 250m; Woolley Kumaras, second in the premier men’s W6 500m; Tane Uehaa, second in the senior master men’s W6 1000m; Hinewai Ariki, third in the golden master women’s W6 1000m; and Anaru Paenga-Morgan, third in the J19 men’s W1 250m.

Mareikura Waka Ama Club medallists on Saturday were Te Pikinga, third in the master women’s W6 1000m.

Horouta finalists on Saturday were Hinetu, fourth in the J19 women’s W6 500m; Hinemania, eighth in the J19 women’s W6 1000m and seventh in the W6 500m; Riverina, eighth in the master women’s W6 1000m and fifth in the W6 500m; Team Voltron, seventh in the master men’s W6 1000m and sixth in the W6 500m; Wolfpac, seventh in the master men’s W6 500m; Wai Wahine Whalers, fifth in the senior master women’s W6 1000m and eighth in the W6 500m; Tane Uehaa, eighth in the senior master men’s W6 500m; The Papas, ninth in the senior master men’s W6 500m; Hinewai Ariki, fourth in the golden master women’s W6 500m; Kaiarahi Toa Prospectors, sixth in the premier women’s W6 500m and disqualified in the W6 1500m; Woolley Kumaras, disqualified in the premier men’s W6 1500m; Gaibreill Wainohu, fourth in the J19 women’s W1 250m; Aoatea Gardner, eighth in the J19 women’s W1 250m; and Grant Donaldson, seventh in the premier men’s W1 250m.

Mareikura finalists on Saturday were Nga Tama Toa, fifth in the J19 men’s W6 500m; Ease Up, seventh in the J19 men’s W6 1000m and ninth in the W6 500m; Te Pikinga, seventh in the master women’s W6 500m; and Jarrod Hill, fifth in the J19 men’s W1 250m;

YMP Waka Ama finalists on Saturday were Hinetu, fourth in the J19 women’s W6 1000m.

Horouta won the trophy for most club points at the championship, with 277.5. It was the club’s 10th points title in the 11-year history of the trophy.

Second were Manukau Outrigger Canoe Club, on 224, and third were Ruamata Waka Ama Club on 156.8. Mareikura were seventh, on 98, and YMP were 18th, on 60.

Sixty-six clubs took part.

Horouta champions: Horouta Waka Hoe Club have won the points trophy at the national sprint championships for the 10th time in the 11-year history of the trophy. Standing with the Matahi Brightwell-carved trophy are Horouta members (from left): Tu August, club president Walton Walker, Mihi Aston, Irene Takao, James Blackburne, Dene Moleta, Brent Mitchell, Kathy Sheldrake, Calum Wilson, Arihia Waihi, Cynthia Sidney, Kerry N-Garrett and Marianne Gillingham. Picture supplied