Stars head to Blue Lake

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All five of New Zealand’s World Championship medallists are set to feature in the Blue Lake 2 regatta staged on Rotorua’s stunning Lake Tikitapu this weekend (Dec 1-2).

Following the cancellation of day one of the Blue Lake 1 programme in October, due to the excessively windy conditions on a bitingly cold weekend, the paddlers will all be hoping for better weather to showcase their talents for the second national regatta of the 2018-19 season.

The star attraction will be double Olympic K1 200m champion Lisa Carrington, who is entered in six events during what promises to be a busy weekend of action.

Carrington will take all the beating in the K1 200m – the discipline where she has claimed six of her eight world titles and for which she has proved near invincible for the best part of a decade.

However, the 29-year-old from Ohope will know she faces no easy ride up against her elite women’s squad team-mates and fellow World Championships medallists: Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie.

The same powerhouse quartet will also meet in the women’s K1 500m on Sunday in what is, arguably, the most eagerly anticipated race of the weekend.

Carrington was selected in this boat at the World Championships in Portugal in August, narrowly missing out on gold to Hungarian superstar Danuta Kozak. But in a demonstration of New Zealand’s immense strength in this event, Ryan set a K1 500m world best time in Szeged, Hungary in May and will present fierce opposition.

Ryan and Carrington, who teamed up to win K2 500m silver at the World Championships, will be pushed by their fellow K4 500m World silver medallists Fisher and Imrie.

Others looking to make their mark are Rebecca Cole, who finished third in the K1 1000m B Final at the World Championships, and Briar McLeely (North Shore), who impressed at Blue Lake 1 with three victories.

Another interesting entrant for Blue Lake 2 is former K1 world 1000m and 5000m champion Teneale Hatton. The North Shore-based paddler, who claimed a podium finish last weekend in the top-class 27km Doctor surf ski event in Perth, moves back into a K1 and is entered in the 5km event.

On the men’s side, Kurtis Imrie (Mana) was the star performer in Blue Lake 1 with K1 200m and K1 1000m victories and the 22-year-old Cambridge-based athlete will be looking for a repeat performance on his return to Rotorua. In the former event, also look out for Ashton Reiser and Zach Ferkins, who filled the podium positions behind Imrie in October.

At Blue Lake 1, Imrie edged a narrow 0.30 second victory from Max Brown (Wanganui) in the K1 1000m event and expect the World U23 K2 1000m crew-mates to enjoy another ding-dong battle over the distance this weekend. Looking to spoil the party will be World U23 fourth-placer Quaid Thompson (Poverty Bay).

Also entered in the K1 200m and K1 1000m events is Para canoeist Scott Martlew. The Christchurch-based paddler produced a breakthrough performance to win a World Championship silver medal in the KL2 200m in Portugal earlier this year and he will once again be looking to make an impact this weekend.

Canoe Racing NZ Sport Development Manager Karen Simpson-Warren said: “Blue Lake 2 is a golden opportunity for our less experienced paddlers to foot-it with their heroes on the water and it’s often quite surprising what the racing throws up, particularly if conditions are less than ideal.”

The packed two-day schedule will feature U14, U16, U18, Open and Masters divisions competing across a range of distances (200m, 500m, 1000m and 5km) and boats (K1, K2 and K4).

Up to the minute draw and results can be found via our App (find Canoe Racing NZ in the Play Store – free to download). 

Stars head to Blue Lake

All five of New Zealand’s World Championship medallists are set to feature in the Blue Lake 2 regatta staged on Rotorua’s stunning Lake Tikitapu this weekend (Dec 1-2).

rsz_team_1.jpg

All five of New Zealand’s World Championship medallists are set to feature in the Blue Lake 2 regatta staged on Rotorua’s stunning Lake Tikitapu this weekend (Dec 1-2).

Following the cancellation of day one of the Blue Lake 1 programme in October, due to the excessively windy conditions on a bitingly cold weekend, the paddlers will all be hoping for better weather to showcase their talents for the second national regatta of the 2018-19 season.

The star attraction will be double Olympic K1 200m champion Lisa Carrington, who is entered in six events during what promises to be a busy weekend of action.

Carrington will take all the beating in the K1 200m – the discipline where she has claimed six of her eight world titles and for which she has proved near invincible for the best part of a decade.

However, the 29-year-old from Ohope will know she faces no easy ride up against her elite women’s squad team-mates and fellow World Championships medallists: Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie.

The same powerhouse quartet will also meet in the women’s K1 500m on Sunday in what is, arguably, the most eagerly anticipated race of the weekend.

Carrington was selected in this boat at the World Championships in Portugal in August, narrowly missing out on gold to Hungarian superstar Danuta Kozak. But in a demonstration of New Zealand’s immense strength in this event, Ryan set a K1 500m world best time in Szeged, Hungary in May and will present fierce opposition.

Ryan and Carrington, who teamed up to win K2 500m silver at the World Championships, will be pushed by their fellow K4 500m World silver medallists Fisher and Imrie.

Others looking to make their mark are Rebecca Cole, who finished third in the K1 1000m B Final at the World Championships, and Briar McLeely (North Shore), who impressed at Blue Lake 1 with three victories.

Another interesting entrant for Blue Lake 2 is former K1 world 1000m and 5000m champion Teneale Hatton. The North Shore-based paddler, who claimed a podium finish last weekend in the top-class 27km Doctor surf ski event in Perth, moves back into a K1 and is entered in the 5km event.

On the men’s side, Kurtis Imrie (Mana) was the star performer in Blue Lake 1 with K1 200m and K1 1000m victories and the 22-year-old Cambridge-based athlete will be looking for a repeat performance on his return to Rotorua. In the former event, also look out for Ashton Reiser and Zach Ferkins, who filled the podium positions behind Imrie in October.

At Blue Lake 1, Imrie edged a narrow 0.30 second victory from Max Brown (Wanganui) in the K1 1000m event and expect the World U23 K2 1000m crew-mates to enjoy another ding-dong battle over the distance this weekend. Looking to spoil the party will be World U23 fourth-placer Quaid Thompson (Poverty Bay).

Also entered in the K1 200m and K1 1000m events is Para canoeist Scott Martlew. The Christchurch-based paddler produced a breakthrough performance to win a World Championship silver medal in the KL2 200m in Portugal earlier this year and he will once again be looking to make an impact this weekend.

Canoe Racing NZ Sport Development Manager Karen Simpson-Warren said: “Blue Lake 2 is a golden opportunity for our less experienced paddlers to foot-it with their heroes on the water and it’s often quite surprising what the racing throws up, particularly if conditions are less than ideal.”

The packed two-day schedule will feature U14, U16, U18, Open and Masters divisions competing across a range of distances (200m, 500m, 1000m and 5km) and boats (K1, K2 and K4).

Up to the minute draw and results can be found via our App (find Canoe Racing NZ in the Play Store – free to download). 

Stars head to Blue Lake
 

 

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