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NZ team out for some more heavy metal

Author -  Karen Simpson

The New Zealand canoe sprint team take to the water for the second World Cup being held in Duisburg, Germany on 25-27 May.

NZ team out for some more heavy metal

The New Zealand canoe sprint team take to the water for the second World Cup being held in Duisburg, Germany on 25-27 May.

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The New Zealand canoe sprint team will be hoping for some more heavy metal this weekend... but not of the music variety.  They take to the water for the second World Cup being held in Duisburg, Germany on 25-27 May after some stellar results, including a medal haul of four gold medals, in Hungary. 

Coach Gordon Walker is mixing it up again with the team trialing some different team boat combinations.  This approach paid off in Hungary with both K2 combinations (Lisa Carrington and Aimee Fisher in the 200m, Lisa Carrington and Kayla Imrie in the 500m) coming away with Gold medals, and the K4 (Carrington, Fisher, Imrie and Caitlin Ryan) doing the same.    Ryan also pulled out a convincing win in the K1 500m in a new world record time of 1:46.576 giving the team their impressive medal tally.

In the paracanoe event Scott Martlew, the only male member of the NZ team, was just as impressive winning a Silver in the KL2 200m. 

The team has a lighter work-load in Germany than the first world cup.  Walker intends to continue to blood the newer members of the team with Kim Thompson and Britney Ford racing in the K1 500m, whilst Imrie will step into the K1 200m and out of her usual seat in the K4 to give Rebecca Cole experience in that seat.   The two K4s being raced in Germany will share different levels of experience with the "B" team consisting of Thompson, Ford, Imrie and Danielle Watson and the "A" team consisting of Carrington, Ryan, Fisher and Cole. 

Carrington takes a spot in both of the K2 distances once more.  She'll change her combo in the 500m to pair with Ryan but will again team up with Fisher in the 200m, whilst Watson and Cole will also hit out in the 500m. 

Mia Friend Chung will once again be our sole representative in the C boats and reserves her energy just for the 200m this time round. 

The NZ Schedule can be found here and the full draw can be found here

 

 

NZ team out for some more heavy metal

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