January 25, 2016
Biggest waka ama sprints yet
The large Gisborne-based clubs again dominated the annual Waka Ama Sprint Nationals.
Horouta was first on aggregate with 286 points, almost twice the haul of neighbours Mareikura.
Rotorua-based Ruamata came in third with 117 points, followed by Mount Wellington-based Cook Islands Outriggers Association.
The Manukau Outrigger Canoe Club returned from Lake Karapiro with the premier men’s title in their grasp for the fourth year in a row, but were only seventh on aggregate.
Hoturoa Barclay Kerr from Waka Ama New Zealand says the week-long event was the biggest ever, with 3000 paddlers competing.
Rugged weather made conditions tough for the junior paddlers on the first two days, but improved through the week.
Te Wananga o Aotearoa became the major sponsor of the association and for the first time had naming rights to the tournament.
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