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Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Saturday 9 August was the Whanganui Leg of the Krazy Kayak 10km Series. The event was held at Lake Wiritoa just south of the city and was attended by 42 paddlers from Waitara, Mana, Horowhenua, Palmerston Nth and Whanganui. A great bunch and fantastic to see so many travellers!
So that the youngsters could get some smooth water two races were held. The u14’s started the day with 2 laps of the 2km course and it was soon apparent that the youngsters from Waitara had come for a battle. The u14 girl’s race was won by Tatum Radcliffe while Corban LeBretton held off a solid challenge from Liam Lace.
With a short break between the events the first of the “extra” distance paddling took place with young Corban lining up in the 6km event to test himself against the older boys. These additional distances were some of the highlights of the event however of those “extra” efforts it was hard to look past a standout effort by young Tom Cole. Although entered in the U16 6km his efforts saw him stay with the front group of Kurtis Imrie, Max Brown and Lachie Cromar to not only win the U16 race but carry on with the group to finish third overall in a respectable 48min 8 seconds, just pipping Lachie who took the U18 10km title.
But neither of the younger boys could match the power and speed of Kurtis and Max who upped the tempo when they needed to and quickly opened up a gap along the last straight. Replete with their recently acquired Danish borat (is that the right word boys) suits the boys gave the crowd another opportunity to cheer the athletes on as Max tried to claw back the boat length Kurtis had on him. This was Kurtis’s day though as he crossed the line with Max hot on his tail.
The ladies event saw a return to Whanganui by Anne Cairns who stuck with Horowhenua paddler Mike Tate respectively claiming the open womens crown and the Masters Mens crown. Anne had the edge on young Whanganui paddler Erica Tanner who won the U18 title and in the process stayed ahead of other promising young athletes such as Cassie Wilson (who won the U16 title), Ariana Kereopa and Danielle Watson.
Along with Mike Tate in the masters K1 division Alison Cole braved the cold wind in her K1 taking out the masters women’s title. Not to be outdone by the masters K1 paddlers the multisport division provided a few wise heads and experienced paddlers! It was great to once again see a mix of multisport and ocean ski battling it out despite the race being on a lake. This division was to be a Wanganui day with Aaron Cox taking the men’s title in a pretty snappy time and Robyn Scott finally coming home under the 1 hour barrier. It was in this division that the hard luck story of the day was generated with Chester Burt snapping a paddle at the start. In a great display of never giving up he grabbed a spare from his van and then proceeded to paddle through much of the field to take second place in his division.
Like many events the volunteers once again proved they punch above their weight with hot food and drinks in abundance. This year the prize giving was held in the Wanganui Ski club so thanks to Ron Bakker and his crew but also to the IRB crew from Castlecliff Surf Club who set the course and provided a safety boat. And finally a thanks to Amie Simpson and Sport Wanganui for their insight in assisting the club in growing the sport in the Whanganui District.
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