2012 ICF Oceania Championship
Penrith, Sydney, 2-4 March 2012
Day 3 - Sunday
The team couldn’t have been more elated than during today’s Mens K2 1000m race – the final event available to qualify boats for the Olympics.
In the Olympic qualification race, the New Zealand crew of Darryl Fitzgerald and Steven Ferguson controlled the race from the start, earning a convincing win by at least five boats lengths.
This tops off the New Zealand qualification campaign with all of the hoped-for 7 seats qualifying successfully. New Zealand now has to select the names for the seats to be nominated to the NZOC.
Unfortunately the weed continued to plague the championship - so much so that the coaches, managers and athletes took to the water in kayaks to help clean up the lake.
In the Oceania champs the women were first up in the K2 500. New Zealand qualified all three boats into the final with a very close race at the front. The first three places were separated by less than a second. The combination of Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor won this close race showing their form after some hard racing during the weekend. Unfortunately Marianne Archer and Teneale Hatton finished 4th having snagged a large pile of weed on the way down the course. Rachel Dodwell and Jamiee Lovett finished 7th.
The Mens K2 1000 final (Steven Ferguson and Darryl Fitzgerald already having gained the Olympic seats in previous race) was a high pressure race within a race as Steven Ferguson / Darryl Fitzgerald, Fred Teear / Ben Fouhy and Liam O’Loughlin / Troy Burbidge all battled for top honours. The race was won by a small margin by Australia with the Teear/Fouhy combination being 2nd overall and first Kiwi followed closely by O’Loughlin/Burbidge in 3rd and unfortunately the Fitzgerald/Ferguson combination were snagged by weed midway down the course and finished 6th.
Overall the team is exceptionally happy with the results and the Olympic seats now secured.
The junior and U23 squads attending the Oceania Champs had a fantastic run – this talented bunch of young athletes really showing what they’ve got.
Young Aimee Fisher from Hawkes Bay dominated the U18 age group winning K1 500m, with team mate Danielle Currie in 2nd. Aimee also took the U18 WK1 200m in a time of 45.60 ahead of 2nd placed Jessica Fox, Australia, by a second. She then went on to paddle with team mates Danielle Currie, Kim Thompson and Rebecca Cole to win her second gold in the U18 WK4 500m. This K4 was strong all the way down the course, showing the class of a much older crew.
Perhaps the most startling success came from Para-canoe athlete Scott Martlew who convincingly won all his races, 200m, 500m and 1000m, with surprising margins - the 1000m of more than 40 seconds! Zac Quickenden added to the day’s success with a 3rd in the U23 K1 1000m.
On the final day four more medals were added to the haul. Henry Ellingham & Jarrod Fitzgerald 1st in U18 MK2 200m, 2nd in K2 1000m and 2nd in K4 1000m with Zac Quickenden & an invitation Australian paddler. Danielle Currie & Kim Thompson 1st in U18 K2 500, and Jasper Bats & Alex Fort 3rd in U23 K2 1000m.
A great day at the office for our juniors totalling 8 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze Oceania medals.
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Day 2 - Saturday
Today was about the key K1 races for men and women over the 1000m and 500m distances. New Zealand was eyeing up two Olympic qualification berths today and asked Teneale Hatton in the WK1 500 and Ben Fouhy in the MK1 1000 to contest these events.
After two very exciting races both Hatton and Fouhy were successful in their events and have secured these two places for the NZ for the Olympics. We hope to gain two more seats tomorrow in the MK2 1000m. If successful New Zealand will add these four seats to the three gained already. At the last Olympics in Beijing the New Zealand Kayak sprint team gained four seats.
The rest of the racing at the Oceania Champs saw the course hampered by weed affecting some individual results especially later in the day after a stronger wind came up blowing weed into the course.
The women’s 500m events saw all the team of six women progress through the semi’s into the finals with half in the A final and half in the B final. The fastest Kiwi in the A final was Lisa Carrington who was trying to add the 500m title to the 200m she won the previous day. Unfortunately Lisa was beaten by future Olympic hopeful from Australia Alana Nichols in a close race in a split second decision, with Naimi Flood another 1.5 seconds behind. Teneale Hatton finished 5th with Marianne Archer being hampered by weed to finish 9th. Erin Taylor dominated the B final followed by Rachel Dodwell in 3rd and Jamiee Lovett.
New Zealand entered three men in the MK1 1000m with four of the others concentrating on K2 events. Ben Fouhy stormed home in his heat winning by a clear margin and progressing direct to the final while the others moved through the semi finals. Steven Armstrong in his first New Zealand team regatta finished 2nd in the B final while Jasper Bats finished an impressive 4th in the A final signalling he is a young man to watch in the future of the sport. Fred Teear was hampered by two large piles of weed which was disappointing after a 2nd placing in his semi. Ben Fouhy was also hampered by weed in two locations but still fought on to finish 3rd, however he was subsequently DQ.
Tomorrow we look forward to some better conditions for the K2 racing over 500m for women and 1000m for men.
The highlight of the day for the juniors was the WK1 U18 500m A final where Aimee Fisher and Danielle Currie showed their strong form right out of the start gates gaining the lead from the beginning and holding it all the way to finish 1st and 2nd respectively in 2:01:71 and 2:03:72. To round the days medal haul off to one of each colour, Zac Quickenden raced a very hard U23 K1 1000m to bring home the bronze 3s behind the winner Jordan Wood of Australia.
The young U18 K2 crew Jen Fidow and Rebecca Cole paddled well finishing 6th in the A final and are up tomorrow in the K2 500m along with Danielle Currie and Kim Thompson.
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Danielle,Kim, Aimee,Rebecca Lisa Carrington (gold) Scott Martlew Zac Quickenden
Day 1 - Friday
The competitors at the Oceania Champs could've been forgiven for thinking they'd woken up at BL2 again, as the rain poured down all night and all day. Flood warnings on the nearby Nepean River and evacuation alerts have kept everyone on their toes, but the rain did nothing to dampen their spirits and some fine performances were put in throughout the day.
Perhaps the most startling success came from Para-canoe athlete Scott Martlew who convincingly won both of his 200m and 1000m races with surprising margins - the 1000m of more than 40 seconds!
Aimee Fisher too performed out of her skin winning the final of the U18 WK1 200m in a time of 45.60 ahead of 2nd placed Jessica Fox, Australia, by a second. She then went on to paddle with team mates Danielle Currie, Kim Thompson and Rebecca Cole to win her second gold in the U18 WK4 500m. This K4 was strong all the way down the course, showing the class of a much older crew.
Lisa Carrington performed to expectation, although she must have been feeling a bit of pressure as the World Champion, and took out the gold in the Open WK1 200m in a time of 40.92; Alana Nichols, Aus, 41:32, Hannah Davis, Aus 42.35.
These were the only medals of the day, but the men made a succession of A finals, notable Steven Ferguson 9th in the OM K1 200m, Andrew Roy (competing for North Shore Canoe Club) 7th in the U23 K1 200m, Henry Ellingham 6th in the U18 K1 200m, and the U23 crew (competing in Open MK4 1000m) 6th.
For full results see below, and photos will be posted to our facebook page: www.facebook.com/canoeracing.