January 28, 2013
Toughened Te Tii shines at waka ama nationals
A far north waka ama club is crediting a tough training schedule for its success at this month’s national championships at Lake Karapiro.
Kaihoe ō Ngāti Rehia is planning a celebration back in Te Tii this Friday of its medal haul, which included gold in the J16 boys’ six-seater 500 metre class, a bronze in the 1000 metre race and an individual gold to 12-year-old Mano Herewini in the solo 500 metre race.
Coach Danny Kaiawe says a four-day ocean paddle last year from Maitai Bay to Whangarei, as well as participating in a regatta in Rarotonga, gave the boys the skills and endurance to mow down their rivals.
A record 2520 paddlers competed in the 2013 New Zealand Post Waka Ama Sprint Nationals, including1600 in the 6 to 19-years age group, and 400 paddlers under the age of 10.
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