First regatta of the season delivers challenge

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Following the early cancellation of the day one action at Blue Lake 1 due to the dire weather at Lake Tikitapu, the sun sparkled for much of a fast and furious second day of competition at the idyllic Rotorua venue.

The first national competition of the season served up a number of eye-catching performances led by Briar McLeely, of the North Shore club, who enjoyed a day of triple success to snag the open women’s K1 and K2 200m and K2 500m events.

The 22-year-old North Shore paddler opened her busy day with victory alongside Samalulu Clifton in 41.51 to shade Waitara club duo Rebecca Cole and Hannah Baker by 0.44 in the K2 200m.

Next up McLeely showed her ability in the K1 200m to stop the clock in 40.80 and finish exactly half-a-second clear of second-placed Alicia Hoskin (Poverty Bay). 

McLeely, who took an eighth-month break from the sport only to return in February this year, then teamed up with Hoskin to secure a comprehensive victory in the K2 500m in 1:48.57.

“I love the format here and Blue Lake 1 is also the chance to catch up with everyone (in the canoe sprint community) for the first regatta of the season,” said McLeely.

“I also had many process goals that I wanted to follow through with today. I managed to nail them to a tee and I am really happy with the results”

Kurtis Imrie was another to impress proving too strong for the opposition in the men’s K1 200m before later snatching a dramatic win in the open K1 1000m. The Mana Kayak Club paddler proved unstoppable in the shorter event covering the distance in 36.50 – a .70 clear of North Shore’s Ashton Reiser and Zach Ferkins (Poverty Bay), who tied for second.

Imrie then showed his versatility by taking a narrow 0.30 win in the 1000m from Max Brown (Wanganui) in a time of 3:49.10.

“I definitely wanted to make the final and give it a nudge,” adds Kurtis, 22. “To put together a 200m like that for my first race of the season, I’m pretty happy with that.”

Earlier the K2 200m was secured by Ashton Reiser and Karl McMurtie (North Shore), who recorded 34.51 to edge out Imrie and Ethan Moore (35.20).

Max Brown and Toby Brooke edged a tight battle to take victory in a compelling men’s open K2 500m A final. The Whanganui Kayak duo registered 1.40.91 to claim victory by just 0.18 from North Shore/Poverty Bay pairing Ashton Reiser and Zach Ferkins.

For Brown victory was a step in the right direction for his long term ambitions.

“I’m hoping by nationals to be able to power the K1 pretty quick and if I do I hope to translate that to the K2, he said. “I hope to also be able to change my racing mindset to not get wound up by racing and have more fun.” 

The regatta attracted around 150 paddlers including Canoe Racing CEO Tom Ashley, who competed in several events. The next national competition Blue Lake 2 takes place on Dec 1-2.

 

A full list of results can be found here. 


 
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 Alicia Hoskin & Briar McLeely

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Kurtis Imrie

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Max Brown
Article courtesy of Steve Landells

First regatta of the season delivers challenge

The first national competition of the season served up a number of eye-catching performances led by Briar McLeely, of the North Shore club, who enjoyed a day of triple success to snag the open women’s K1 and K2 200m and K2 500m events.

Mens K1.jpg

Following the early cancellation of the day one action at Blue Lake 1 due to the dire weather at Lake Tikitapu, the sun sparkled for much of a fast and furious second day of competition at the idyllic Rotorua venue.

The first national competition of the season served up a number of eye-catching performances led by Briar McLeely, of the North Shore club, who enjoyed a day of triple success to snag the open women’s K1 and K2 200m and K2 500m events.

The 22-year-old North Shore paddler opened her busy day with victory alongside Samalulu Clifton in 41.51 to shade Waitara club duo Rebecca Cole and Hannah Baker by 0.44 in the K2 200m.

Next up McLeely showed her ability in the K1 200m to stop the clock in 40.80 and finish exactly half-a-second clear of second-placed Alicia Hoskin (Poverty Bay). 

McLeely, who took an eighth-month break from the sport only to return in February this year, then teamed up with Hoskin to secure a comprehensive victory in the K2 500m in 1:48.57.

“I love the format here and Blue Lake 1 is also the chance to catch up with everyone (in the canoe sprint community) for the first regatta of the season,” said McLeely.

“I also had many process goals that I wanted to follow through with today. I managed to nail them to a tee and I am really happy with the results”

Kurtis Imrie was another to impress proving too strong for the opposition in the men’s K1 200m before later snatching a dramatic win in the open K1 1000m. The Mana Kayak Club paddler proved unstoppable in the shorter event covering the distance in 36.50 – a .70 clear of North Shore’s Ashton Reiser and Zach Ferkins (Poverty Bay), who tied for second.

Imrie then showed his versatility by taking a narrow 0.30 win in the 1000m from Max Brown (Wanganui) in a time of 3:49.10.

“I definitely wanted to make the final and give it a nudge,” adds Kurtis, 22. “To put together a 200m like that for my first race of the season, I’m pretty happy with that.”

Earlier the K2 200m was secured by Ashton Reiser and Karl McMurtie (North Shore), who recorded 34.51 to edge out Imrie and Ethan Moore (35.20).

Max Brown and Toby Brooke edged a tight battle to take victory in a compelling men’s open K2 500m A final. The Whanganui Kayak duo registered 1.40.91 to claim victory by just 0.18 from North Shore/Poverty Bay pairing Ashton Reiser and Zach Ferkins.

For Brown victory was a step in the right direction for his long term ambitions.

“I’m hoping by nationals to be able to power the K1 pretty quick and if I do I hope to translate that to the K2, he said. “I hope to also be able to change my racing mindset to not get wound up by racing and have more fun.” 

The regatta attracted around 150 paddlers including Canoe Racing CEO Tom Ashley, who competed in several events. The next national competition Blue Lake 2 takes place on Dec 1-2.

 

A full list of results can be found here. 


 
Alicia and briar.jpg
 Alicia Hoskin & Briar McLeely

Kurtis.jpg
Kurtis Imrie

Max Brown.jpg
Max Brown
Article courtesy of Steve Landells

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