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Global stars set to ignite National Champs

Author -  Karen Simpson

A world-class line up the women’s K1 500m will provide the highlight of the eagerly-anticipated 2019 NZCT Canoe Sprint Nationals & Oceania Championships at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge (Feb 15-17).

Global stars set to ignite National Champs

A world-class line up the women’s K1 500m will provide the highlight of the eagerly-anticipated 2019 NZCT Canoe Sprint Nationals & Oceania Championships at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge (Feb 15-17).

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A world-class line up the women’s K1 500m will provide the highlight of the eagerly-anticipated 2019 NZCT Canoe Sprint Nationals & Oceania Championships at Lake Karapiro, Cambridge (Feb 15-17).

While 322 paddlers have entered including 23 overseas athletes from six countries, much of the attention will be thrust upon the K1 500m scheduled for Sunday (9.08am).

Defending champion and 2018 World silver medallist for the distance Lisa Carrington (Eastern Bay) will looking to claim back-to-back titles but such is the strength in depth in the event in New Zealand the former Halberg Supreme Award winner will have to be on her mettle.

Last year Caitlin Ryan (North Shore) posted a world best time for the K1 500m in Szeged and is likely to provide the main opposition but with 2017 national champion Aimee Fisher (Hawkes Bay), double World Championship silver medallist Kayla Imrie (Mana) and international paddler Rebecca Cole (Waitara) also entered the quality of the event is from the top drawer.

In a further measure of the class of the event, Australia will also provide quality in the shape of 2017 World K1 1000m champion Alyce Burnett, who placed seventh in 2018 K1 500m final, 2017 World K1 500m finalist Jo Brigden-Jones and 2018 World K1 1000m finalist Alyssa Bull. New Zealand’s 2014 K1 1000m world champion Teneale Hatton is also entered.

Carrington, the two-time Olympic and six-time world K1 200m champion, will also look to impress in her speciality event as she seeks to add another national title. Lying in opposition will be the silver and bronze medallists from 12 months ago, Fisher and Ryan.

While the women’s K1 events will gain not only national and regional interest but also global attention the men will also be expected to serve up some absorbing action.

Only 0.06 separated the three medallists - Karl McMurtie (North Shore), Kurtis Imrie (Mana) and Ashton Reiser (North Shore) - in last year’s men’s K1 200m final and expect the trio to be prominent once more in the shortest race on the men’s programme.

In the non-Olympic men’s K1 500m discipline, Imrie will look to claim back-to-back titles in the K1 500m after a dominant win over Reiser at last year’s edition. The pair are entered once more with 2018 bronze medallist Quaid Thompson (Poverty Bay) also looking to make an impact.

Thompson will be the man to watch in the longer distances. After claiming a dominant win in the K1 1000m at the 2018 nationals he went on to place fourth in the K1 1000m A Final at World U23 Championships. The minor medallists from last year; Max Brown (Whanganui) and Imrie will look to provide the chief opposition.

Thompson, son of the 1984 double Olympic champion, Alan, is also expected to defend his K1 5km title – an event which it is hoped will provide a thrilling climax to the three-day programme.

The women’s open 5km will also provide plenty of fireworks with Hatton, the 2013 World 5km champion in action. The North Shore paddler largely specialises in marathon and surf-ski events today but her appearance will create plenty of interest. Looking to stop her will be defending champion Danielle Watson (Mana).

Also in action during a high-class programme, which is proudly supported by the NZ Community Trust and Waipa District Council, will be star Para-canoeist Scott Martlew, who last year won KL2 200m silver at the 2018 World Championships. The Arawa Canoe Club paddler competes against able-bodied paddlers in seven events; K1 200m, K1 500m, K1 1000m, K1 5000m, K2 1000m, K4 200m, K4 500m.

Races takes place from tyros to masters age divisions across the three-day schedule.

SKY Sport will be filming the action and screening a highlights package, which will be first shown on Wed Feb 20 at 8pm on SKY Sport 4.

Up to the minute draw and results can be found via our App (find Canoe NZ in the Play Store – free to download. Or check the Live Results Website.



Global stars set to ignite National Champs

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