Sep 2019 – Into the oceans and down the rivers we go
Longer races were on the menu in September with North Shore Canoe Club paddlers in action in local and international ocean paddling events as well as locally in the annual Cambridge to Hamilton river race.
Garth Spencer, Tom Ashley and Kees Ursem finished in the top 10 from 85 paddlers competing in the 28km ocean crossing from Tutukaka to the Poor Knights islands in Northland, part of the Darcy Price NZ Ocean Surfski Series.
Teneale Hatton finished third in the Open Women’s category of the 2019 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Champs in Brittany, North-west France. Fellow North Shore clubbies Samalulu Clifton, Tim Waller, Sam Mayhew, Rachel Clarke also represented New Zealand at the 22km event which featured tricky sidewinds. A full race report is available here.
Back in New Zealand waters, Briar McLeely took out the K1 category and was the fastest woman at this year’s 26km Cambridge to Hamilton paddle race. This year’s race (pictured) had a slower current than the previous year due to a smaller water release from the Karapiro Dam which also meant a few more shallow hazards along the course than the previous year. A number of North Shore paddlers took part including Daniel Peacocke who placed 14th overall in Surf Ski, Rosemary Gatland, who was 6th in the sea kayak and the fastest woman over 70 and Thomas Mitchell who was 2nd overall in K1, and the fastest man in a K1.
Aug 2019 – Shore paddlers profit at 10km championships
Each year, Canoe Racing New Zealand holds a 10km ‘Krazy Kayak’ race series with about ten races hosted around the country, and a final 12km championship race at the beautiful (and sometimes misty) Lake Tikitapu in Rotorua. Well done to all our clubbies who took part in this season’s series. At the championships on Saturday, 17 Aug, North Shore paddlers featured on the podium with Garth Spencer finishing first in the Masters Men 45-54 age group, while Tom Ashley finished second in the Open Mens group, and Rosemary Gatland was second in the Masters Women category.
July 2019 – Annual prize giving recap
We were pleased to hold our annual prize giving at the club earlier in the month with pioneering NZ women’s paddler Peggy Lockyer and current NZ rep Briar McLeely featuring as guest speakers.
Prize highlights include the Club Spirit award which went to Peter Coxhead, a parent and paddler who always helps out and is also willing to coach the growing junior squad on Saturdays.
We were pleased to announce two new award to recognise the achievements of our u13 (TYRO) paddlers. Diana Austin and Luke Austin were honoured for their contributions to the running of the club, with the Tyro Awards being named after them.
A big thank you to Maria for stepping in to help out with the organising and providing those extra bits to make the evening special., Fee for organising the awards and Tonia as M.C.
Well done everyone! Here’s a full list of recipients for the 2018 / 19 awards:
- Tyro Most Consistent Man – Aran Spencer
- Tyro Most Consistent Woman – Hayley Coxhead
- U14 Most Consistent Man – Finlay Dickens
- U14 Most Consistent Woman – Greer Morley
- Most Improved Junior Man – Nathan, Brown
- Most Improved Junior Woman – Ella Butler
- Most Consistent Junior Man – Kalani Gilbertson
- Most Consistent Junior Woman – Aotea Clifton
- Most Consistent Masters Man – Garth Spencer
- Most Consistent Masters Woman – Rosemary Gatland
- Most Improved Senior Man – Tom Ashley
- Most Improved Senior Woman – Juri Urada
- Most Consistent Senior Man – Ashton Reiser
- Most Consistent Senior Woman – Caitlin Ryan
- Most Improved Team Boat – Open Men’s K2 – Tim Waller / Tuva’a Clifton
- Most Outstanding Performance – Caitlin Ryan for an outstanding international racing season
- Club Spirit – Peter Coxhead
June 2019 -Strong showings in Europe from our New Zealand representatives
North Shore’s Briar McLeely, Ashton Reiser and Caitlyn Ryan were recently in action for New Zealand canoe sprint crews in Europe.
At the ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany, McLeely was part of the K4 who took 3rd place in the women’s K4 500m B-Final. Sitting at 5th place at the halfway mark, the crew of McLeely, Alicia Hoskin (Poverty Bay), Danielle Watson (Mana) and Britney Ford (Poverty Bay), showed composure and finishing power, moving up to third place to cross the finishing line with a time of 1:34.377 only one or two paddle strokes behind Spain who won with a time of 1:33.400.
Reiser was part of the men’s K4 500m crew at the same event along with Ben Duffy (Arawa), Zach Ferkins (Poverty Bay) and Hamish Legarth (Hawkes Bay). They missed out on a spot in their B-final by a narrow margin finishing with a time of 1:23.810. Only a week earlier, the same crew reached the B-Final for in the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup in Poznan, Poland.
Also competing in Poznan, Caitlyn Ryan was part of an impressive senior women’s crew which included Lisa Carrington (Eastern Bay of Plenty), Kayla Imrie (Mana), and Aimee Fisher (Hawkes Bay) who brought their A-game in the big boat to take gold in the women’s K4 500m A-Final.
Ryan and Fisher also competed in the women’s K2 200 A-Final placing fifth with a time of 38.418, while Slovenia took home gold from that race with a slick 37.786. Ryan and Fisher also placed 5th in the women’s K2 500 A-Final with a time of 1:41.350, a shade behind Belarus who won at 1:38.366.
May 2019 – John Leonard awarded life membership
The club was recently delighted to honour long-time club member and Olympic canoeist, John Leonard as a Life Member. John joined the Club in 1966 and was both a Committee Member and /or Treasurer from 1966 to 1977, heavily involved in promoting canoeing and also the work behind our current clubrooms.
Holding national titles in K1 and K2 distances from 1969 to 1974, John became an Olympian at the 1976 Montreal Olympics where he reached the semifinals of the K2 500m and the repechages of the K2 1000m with fellow North Shore clubbie, Rod Gavin. In addition to his work with the club, John competed in various long distance races throughout the North Island, paddling the second successful descent of the Mohaka and Motu rivers.
Find a full list of club Olympians & Life Members
May 2019 – Young paddlers in the spotlight at Asia Pacific Cup
Seven young paddlers who train at the North Shore Canoe Club represented New Zealand at the Asia Pacific Cup on Lake Karapiro between 10-12 May. There were five nations from the Asia Pacific region competing at the second edition of this regatta which aims to expose athletes in U16, U18 and U21 age groups to international canoe sprint competition.
New Zealand had a team of 44 athletes, with six training regularly at North Shore: Kalani Gilbertson, Samalulu Clifton, Rochelle Austin, Juli Urada, Otea Tommy, Alex Bermingham and Hannah Baker. Our head coach, Gavin Elminger and a number of other people with strong club connections took part as officials.
Pictured: Rochelle Austin (North Shore) and Lucy Matahaere (Otago) who won silver in the U21 K2 200m.
Apr 2019 – Loving life on the lake
Read an interview with one of our newest Masters athletes in the latest issue of North Shore’s Channel Magazine.
Mar 2019 – Fast finishers at the NZCT Canoe Sprint Championships
There was plenty of sun at the 2019 NZCT Canoe Sprint New Zealand and Oceania Championships held at Lake Karapiro. With 57 North Shore Canoe club athletes competing, our paddlers and their families created a tent city and filled it with cheering, jesting and the clinking of medals. Read the club results from the podium here.
Feb 2019 – 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 57 athletes to the National Championships at Karapiro (15-17 Feb) – the showpiece event for our sport.
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 2019 – 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.
Canoe Racing NZ events (includes Blue Lakes 1 & 2, Nationals, Marathon Champs)
NZ Paddler series (includes Krazy Kayak 10k Series)
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