Thompson family look to prosper

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Quaid Thompson 2018 NZ Marathon Champs

The Eastland Port New Zealand Kayak Marathon Championships is set to hit Gisborne this weekend where one local-based family could be set to make a major impact.

The Thompsons - led by the husband and wife team of Alan and Liz -played an key role in attracting the event to the Waimata River and will also act as chief organisers for the event.

Meanwhile, hoping for success on home waters will be their son and daughter combination of Quaid and Kim, who as defending champions in the marquee men’s and women’s open K1 events will be the paddlers to beat.

In last year’s event, Quaid blitzed to victory for more than a 30-second margin and the Poverty Bay athlete has been in good form this season, striking gold in the K1 1000m and K1 5km events at the New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships on Lake Karapiro in February.

Chief challenger will be 2018 silver medallist Andrew Mowlem (Waitemata), who last month retained his national ocean racing title in impressive style at the Vaikobi King and Queen or the Harbour in Auckland. Sam Newlands (Bay of Plenty) last year’s bronze medallist is also entered as is Poverty Bay paddler Jordan McLarin, who 12 months ago triumphed in the junior K1 event.

In the women’s equivalent, Kim Thompson was an emphatic winner at the 2018 edition and she too will be strongly fancied to retain her title on home ground. Also entered in the senior event is 2018 junior champion Niamh Lee (Hawkes Bay).

Poverty Bay will be hoping for more success in the men’s junior category as Sam Ferkins – recently selected to compete for New Zealand at the Junior World Championships in Romania in August - will look to upgrade on the silver medal he won 12 months ago.

Event manager Alan Thompson – a double Olympic gold medallist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics – said: “Marathons are always a great hit out for all paddlers, even sprint paddlers because it gets them used to racing in different conditions and it builds experience.

“The course on a 6km loop (for seniors and masters) is ideal for marathon racing and will provide a genuine test.”

All races will start adjacent to the Poverty Bay Kayak Club. The open and masters K1 events for men and women will tackle a 4.75x6km circuit (totalling 28km) on the Waimata River at ANZAC Park. Junior men and women will compete over 22km (3.75x6km circuit) Meanwhile, U16 and U14 athletes will complete the 10km distance and tyros (U12) 6km.

There are also Surf Ski and Waka Ama races over 10km. The action begins at 10am on Saturday with K2 events on Sunday from 10am.

More information and how to enter visit the events page.

Thompson family look to prosper

The Eastland Port New Zealand Kayak Marathon Championships is set to hit Gisborne this weekend where one local-based family could be set to make a major impact.

Quaid portage.jpg

Quaid Thompson 2018 NZ Marathon Champs

The Eastland Port New Zealand Kayak Marathon Championships is set to hit Gisborne this weekend where one local-based family could be set to make a major impact.

The Thompsons - led by the husband and wife team of Alan and Liz -played an key role in attracting the event to the Waimata River and will also act as chief organisers for the event.

Meanwhile, hoping for success on home waters will be their son and daughter combination of Quaid and Kim, who as defending champions in the marquee men’s and women’s open K1 events will be the paddlers to beat.

In last year’s event, Quaid blitzed to victory for more than a 30-second margin and the Poverty Bay athlete has been in good form this season, striking gold in the K1 1000m and K1 5km events at the New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships on Lake Karapiro in February.

Chief challenger will be 2018 silver medallist Andrew Mowlem (Waitemata), who last month retained his national ocean racing title in impressive style at the Vaikobi King and Queen or the Harbour in Auckland. Sam Newlands (Bay of Plenty) last year’s bronze medallist is also entered as is Poverty Bay paddler Jordan McLarin, who 12 months ago triumphed in the junior K1 event.

In the women’s equivalent, Kim Thompson was an emphatic winner at the 2018 edition and she too will be strongly fancied to retain her title on home ground. Also entered in the senior event is 2018 junior champion Niamh Lee (Hawkes Bay).

Poverty Bay will be hoping for more success in the men’s junior category as Sam Ferkins – recently selected to compete for New Zealand at the Junior World Championships in Romania in August - will look to upgrade on the silver medal he won 12 months ago.

Event manager Alan Thompson – a double Olympic gold medallist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics – said: “Marathons are always a great hit out for all paddlers, even sprint paddlers because it gets them used to racing in different conditions and it builds experience.

“The course on a 6km loop (for seniors and masters) is ideal for marathon racing and will provide a genuine test.”

All races will start adjacent to the Poverty Bay Kayak Club. The open and masters K1 events for men and women will tackle a 4.75x6km circuit (totalling 28km) on the Waimata River at ANZAC Park. Junior men and women will compete over 22km (3.75x6km circuit) Meanwhile, U16 and U14 athletes will complete the 10km distance and tyros (U12) 6km.

There are also Surf Ski and Waka Ama races over 10km. The action begins at 10am on Saturday with K2 events on Sunday from 10am.

More information and how to enter visit the events page.

Thompson family look to prosper
 

 

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