Max and Kurtis seek to ignite Blue Lake 2

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New Zealand’s emerging men’s K2 1000m crew of Max Brown (Whanganui) and Kurtis Imrie (Mana) will take centre stage at Blue Lake 2 in Rotorua this weekend (Dec 7-8).

On Lake Tikitapu the duo step up their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic qualification regatta by hitting the water in several events; including their speciality event.

Max and Kurtis have made a significant breakthrough on the international stage in 2019. On their World Cup debut in Poznan, the pair reached the A Final of the K2 1000m before the latter went on to win K1 500m bronze at the World U23 Championships in Romania.

The Cambridge-based duo then went on to perform with distinction in their final international race of the season, reaching the B Final of the World Championships in Szeged.

Kurtis will take to the water individually in both the K1 200m and K1 1000m with Max in solo action in the latter event only. The pair will then team up in the K2 200m and K2 1000m and also compete together in the K4 200m and K4 500m races.

The quality of the opposition is strong led by national K1 1000m and K1 5000m gold medallist Quaid Thompson. The Poverty Bay paddler boasts formidable endurance and as a two-time World Championship representative the Kiwi will pose a major threat.

Fellow New Zealand men’s elite paddlers – Ashton Reiser (North Shore), the national K1 200m champion, Zach Ferkins (Poverty Bay), Hamish Legarth (Hawkes Bay) and Ben Duffy (Arawa) will also challenge. Watch out too for Arawa veteran Fred Teear, who is entered in the K1 1000m and who earlier this year placed fifth in that event at the New Zealand Championships.

Blue Lake 2 will also witness a couple of world-class paddlers from overseas spearheaded by 2008 Olympic K2 1000m silver medallist Rene Poulsen. The 30-year-old Dane is currently training in Cambridge with New Zealand’s men’s elite squad and as a three-time world champion, he will be a significant factor in the K1 200m and K1 1000m. Jockim Lindberg, who features in the K1 200m, K1 1000m and K1 5000m, is another class-act with a world-class pedigree. The Swede finished fourth in the K1 5000m at the World Championships in Szeged in August and his showdown with Quaid Thompson over this distance should provide a rousing climax to the two-day event.

Leading the challengers in the women’s events is Alicia Hoskin, the 2019 World Championship K2 500m representative. The Poverty Bay paddler is one of the emerging group of younger paddlers and she will hope to cap a long and successful season with a strong showing at Blue Lake in the K1 200m and K1 500m.

Other prominent names looking to make their mark in the women’s open division are Rebecca Cole (Waitara), Britney Ford (Poverty Bay) and Danielle Watson (Mana).

The two-day competition begins on Saturday (Dec 7) at 8am with races over distances 100m, 200m, 500m, 1000m and 5000m depending on gender and age-group. The various competing age divisions will include novices, tyro, U14, U16, U18 open/masters in K1, K2 and K4 boats and a senior K2 mixed 200m.

Download the Canoe Racing NZ app for the updated results and follow the Canoe Racing New Zealand website, Facebook and Instagram App for all the latest updates.

Any queries can be directed to karen.simpson@canoeracing.org.nz

Max and Kurtis seek to ignite Blue Lake 2

New Zealand’s emerging men’s K2 1000m crew of Max Brown (Whanganui) and Kurtis Imrie (Mana) will take centre stage at Blue Lake 2 in Rotorua this weekend (Dec 7-8).

kurtis_max_k2_szeged2019.JPG


New Zealand’s emerging men’s K2 1000m crew of Max Brown (Whanganui) and Kurtis Imrie (Mana) will take centre stage at Blue Lake 2 in Rotorua this weekend (Dec 7-8).

On Lake Tikitapu the duo step up their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic qualification regatta by hitting the water in several events; including their speciality event.

Max and Kurtis have made a significant breakthrough on the international stage in 2019. On their World Cup debut in Poznan, the pair reached the A Final of the K2 1000m before the latter went on to win K1 500m bronze at the World U23 Championships in Romania.

The Cambridge-based duo then went on to perform with distinction in their final international race of the season, reaching the B Final of the World Championships in Szeged.

Kurtis will take to the water individually in both the K1 200m and K1 1000m with Max in solo action in the latter event only. The pair will then team up in the K2 200m and K2 1000m and also compete together in the K4 200m and K4 500m races.

The quality of the opposition is strong led by national K1 1000m and K1 5000m gold medallist Quaid Thompson. The Poverty Bay paddler boasts formidable endurance and as a two-time World Championship representative the Kiwi will pose a major threat.

Fellow New Zealand men’s elite paddlers – Ashton Reiser (North Shore), the national K1 200m champion, Zach Ferkins (Poverty Bay), Hamish Legarth (Hawkes Bay) and Ben Duffy (Arawa) will also challenge. Watch out too for Arawa veteran Fred Teear, who is entered in the K1 1000m and who earlier this year placed fifth in that event at the New Zealand Championships.

Blue Lake 2 will also witness a couple of world-class paddlers from overseas spearheaded by 2008 Olympic K2 1000m silver medallist Rene Poulsen. The 30-year-old Dane is currently training in Cambridge with New Zealand’s men’s elite squad and as a three-time world champion, he will be a significant factor in the K1 200m and K1 1000m. Jockim Lindberg, who features in the K1 200m, K1 1000m and K1 5000m, is another class-act with a world-class pedigree. The Swede finished fourth in the K1 5000m at the World Championships in Szeged in August and his showdown with Quaid Thompson over this distance should provide a rousing climax to the two-day event.

Leading the challengers in the women’s events is Alicia Hoskin, the 2019 World Championship K2 500m representative. The Poverty Bay paddler is one of the emerging group of younger paddlers and she will hope to cap a long and successful season with a strong showing at Blue Lake in the K1 200m and K1 500m.

Other prominent names looking to make their mark in the women’s open division are Rebecca Cole (Waitara), Britney Ford (Poverty Bay) and Danielle Watson (Mana).

The two-day competition begins on Saturday (Dec 7) at 8am with races over distances 100m, 200m, 500m, 1000m and 5000m depending on gender and age-group. The various competing age divisions will include novices, tyro, U14, U16, U18 open/masters in K1, K2 and K4 boats and a senior K2 mixed 200m.

Download the Canoe Racing NZ app for the updated results and follow the Canoe Racing New Zealand website, Facebook and Instagram App for all the latest updates.

Any queries can be directed to karen.simpson@canoeracing.org.nz

Max and Kurtis seek to ignite Blue Lake 2
 

 

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