Feb 2018 – Samosas float new K4 while athletes get ready for main event
February is a big month in the New Zealand canoe sprint year. Our club is sending 56 athletes to the National Championships at Karapiro (15-17 Feb) – the showpiece event for our sport.
We plan to post results and photos here – and also on our social sites in the next fortnight. Also keep your eyes on the CRNZ results page and Facebook site if you can’t wait and want LIVE updates.
We have also been doing a spot of fundraising in the past few months to support the growing number of team-boat paddlers at the club. This month, club members have been selling samosas to raise funds for a new K4. Thanks to everyone who has supported this initiative.
Jan 2018 – Ryan backs up stellar year as a Halberg finalist
North Shore Canoe Club athlete Caitlin Ryan had a stellar 2018 and is in the spotlight again as part of the consistently impressive NZ Women’s Kayaking Team. The team are finalists in this year’s Halberg awards (ISPS Handa Team of the Year also Eligible for the supreme Halberg Award) which also features Gordon Walker as a finalist for Buddle Findlay Coach of the Year, and fellow paddler, Lisa Carrington as High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year.
Ryan’s impressive 2018 results include two second-placings in the ICF World Championships (K2 500m and K4 500m), two first-placings at World Cup 1 in Hungary (K1 500m, which set a new World Record time of 1:46.5, and K4 500m), as well as two more firsts in World Cup 2 in Germany (K2 500m and K4 500m).
Follow Caitlin’s progress in 2019 via her blog
Dec 2018 – Fundraising update for club extension
Check out our Extension page for the latest graph tracking how we are making progress with donations towards our building goal since starting in June. We are still seeking pledges and donations and would also be grateful to hear from you if you are able to sponsor materials or services.
Nov 2018 – Today I had a kayak lesson with Lisa Carrington
by Thomas Mitchell (North Shore Canoe Club masters paddler)
This year, we have been fundraising to renovate our canoe club at Lake Pupuke. Lisa Carrington trains at the club with the NZ women’s kayak team and generously offered a free lesson for whoever raised the most money in our samosa fundraising drive. Somehow, I won that challenge and this morning I caught up with Lisa for some expert training at the club.
So what does a relatively new paddler talk to a world champion athlete about? Technique, Technique, Technique – of course! We started out on dry land, using an ERG to check my leg drive, arm framing and paddle positions. Then we took our boats down to the water and I worked through some exercises to reinforce my learning. My boat is a pretty stable, locally-built RS Kayak so I was able to really focus on my leg drive and hip twist without too much distraction from instability. Applying the techniques from Lisa’s coaching felt good – but my core is feeling sore now. Finally – back at the club – we talked about working technique into my training and the importance of focusing on one improvement at a time. In summary – I think I’ve got plenty to work on over the summer!
Thanks Lisa for an awesome session and also to our club secretary Diana for setting this up, plus taking photos.
Oct 2018 – McLeely medals three events at Tikitapu
The first national canoe sprint competition of the 2018 season held at Tikitapu or Blue Lake near Rotorua included a fine showing by North Shore’s Briar McLeely who claimed gold in the open women’s K1 and K2 200m and K2 500m events.
Sep 2018 – Shore finishes strong in the Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race
About 180 paddlers took part in the Cambridge to Hamilton Paddle Race this year, including about ten paddlers from our club. A number of our members got among the medals in the 26km race including Tim Waller who took out the hard fought Surf Ski category.
Jun 2018 – Our club is growing and needs help to renovate
We are fundraising for the cost of the extension and refurbishment of our clubrooms. Part of the funds may be covered by a grant, but it still leaves a huge gap! Read more on our extension page.