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Day 2 Waka Ama Sprint Nationals

18 January 2021

The 32nd Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint Nationals

That’s day 2 koutou! Another great day here at lake Karāpiro, the wind picked up around midday, but thanks to training, water safety support and paying attention to the conditions; everyone had a fun, safe day of racing.

Our Taitamariki (youngest paddlers from 5-10 years old) had their finals today and over 4000 supporters were crowding lakeside to cheer our crews on. We also had a Tamariki Pāti to celebrate our young paddlers efforts and achievements today, we had kids dance offs, a beatboxer, a youth dance crew from Auckland and a prize giveaway. The kids loved it and so did families.

Tomorrow we have Intermediate paddlers (11-15) and Junior 16s racing our first turn races of the season! These races are a highlight for many, turn races are where we see the skill, teamwork and coordination of crews.

Champ Final Medallists of day 2:

Taitama (Boys) - W12 250 - Champ Final

1st - Tupara - Rahui Pokeka Waka Sports - 1:28.82

2nd - Tai Kotuku - Tai Kotuku Inc - 1:29.80

3rd - Ōtaki-Rangiatea - Otaki Waka Hoe - 1:31.09

Taitama (Boys) - W6 250 - Champ Final

1st - 6 Mullets - Horouta Waka Hoe Club Inc. - 1:28.58

2nd - Ōtaki - Otaki Waka Hoe - 1:29.12

3rd - Hokai - Rahui Pokeka Waka Sports - 1:30.48

Taitamāhine (Girls) - W12 250 - Champ Final

1st - Hinekahurangi-Ariki - Horouta Waka Hoe Club Inc. - 1:34.35

2nd - Hineterā - Te Toki Voyaging Trust - 1:43.42

3rd - Mako Magic - Hei Matau Paddlers - 1:51.12

Taitamāhine (Girls) - W6 250 - Champ Final

1st - Korimako - Aniuwaru ki Porirua Waka Ama Ropu Inc - 1:35.52

2nd - Rangiatea - Otaki Waka Hoe - 1:37.97

3rd - Mako - Hei Matau Paddlers - 1:49.45

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