Kiwi’s make a strong start in Day 1 of ICF Canoe Sprint Junior & U23 World Championships in picturesque Auronzo, Italy.
Steve Vaughan, Team Manager who is on the ground with the Kiwi team said, “It’s the most incredible venue, we have been treated to a fantastic first day of racing with 6 of our 12 strong team dipping their toes into a great first day of racing”.
The other crew in action on day one were the U23 K4 Men (Daniel Brown, Grant Clancy, Fletcher Moles and Kacey Ngataki) who competed in the 500m distance. In an incredibly tough heat the crew finished a respectable 6th to advance to the semi-final. The crew threw out a big challenge to the race early, pressing hard and held on in the back half to secure an awesome 7th place, qualifying for the B-Final to be raced on Friday.
The women finished their final race preparations and are excited to get out on the pristine Auronzo water and compete tonight NZT, see race schedule below.
“The team all feel grateful for the opportunity to race on the world stage in these incredible conditions and the efforts today bode well for the remainder of the week as our athletes represent New Zealand Canoe Racing NZ and our paddling community and are sure to make you all proud,” Steve Vaughan.
Racing continues over the next 4 days, with almost the full Kiwi crew competing today in Day 2 of competition.
Kiwi Race Schedule Day 2:
7.00pm NZT- K2 Junior Women 500m – Heat 1
Greer MORLEY, Natasha MACGIBBON
7.20pm NZT- K2 Junior Men 500m – Heat 23
Tiago CHAMBERLAIN, Logan FERGUSON
8.27pm NZT- K1 U23 Women 1000m
8.48pm NZT- K1 U23 Men 1000m – Heat 2
9.23pm NZT- K1 Junior Women 1000m – Heat 2
10.40pm NZT- K2 U23 Women 500m – Heat 2
Julia PADRUTT, Lucy MATEHAERE
11.00pm NZT- K2 U23 Men 500m – Heat 2
Fletcher MOLES, Thomas MACGIBBON
From 2.30am NZT, K2 Junior Womens 500m – Semi Finals
From 00.40am NZT, K2 Junior Mens 500m – Semi Finals
From 1.20am NZT, K1 U23 Womens 1000m – Semi Finals
From 1.34am NZT, K1 U23 Mens 1000m – Semi Finals
From 1.55am NZT, K1 Junior Womens 1000m – Semi Finals
From 2.43am NZT, K2 U23 Womens 500m – Semi Finals
From 2.53am NZT, K2 U23 Mens 500m – Semi Finals
4.30am NZT- K2 U23 Mixed 500m – Heat 2
Julia PADRUTT, Kacey NGATAKI
Helpful Info for ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships
Wednesday 5th- Sunday 9th July. Auronzo, Italy
Event website: https://www.auronzo2023.com
Watch Live via Recast: https://watch.recast.tv/user/8XBy2?referrer=8XBy2