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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

John Leonard at Lake Pupuke. 2019

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.

Read a full story on the Canoe Racing NZ website and find results here.  For photos – follow our official Facebook page – NSCCOfficial

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.

2019 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 North Shore Tents at 2019 NZCT Canoe Racing Championships

families created a tent city and filled it with cheering, jesting and the clinking of medals.

Here are the club results from the 2019 podium:


  • WK1 100, 3rd= Hayley Coxhead
  • WK1 500, 2nd Hayley Coxhead
  • Mixed K4 200m, 3rd Liam Allcott, Aran Spencer, Hayley Coxhead


  • MK1 200m, 2nd Kalani Gilbertson
  • MK1 500m, 2nd Kalani Gilbertson
  • MK1 5000m, 1st Kalani Gilbertson
  • MK2 200m, 3rd Kalani Gilbertson, Kristian Marshall
  • MK2 200m, 3rd Kalani Gilbertson, Kristian Marshall


  • WK1 5000m, 1st Aotea Clifton
  • WK4 200m, 3rd Aotea Clifton, Niamh Brittenden, Molly Brittenden, Tyler Lovett
  • WK4 200m, 2nd Aotea Clifton, Niamh Brittenden, Molly Brittenden, Tyler Lovett


  • MK1 200m, 1st Ashton Reiser, 3rd Steven Ferguson
  • MK2 200m, 1st Ashton Reiser, Karl McMurtrie
  • MK2 1000m, 3rd Steven Ferguson, Tom Ashley
  • MK4 200m, 1st Ashton Reiser, Karl McMurtrie, Tim Waller, Tuva’a Clifton
  • MK4 200m, 1st Ashton Reiser, Karl McMurtrie, Tim Waller, Tuva’a Clifton Open Men's K4 crew
  • WK1 200m, 3rd Caitlin Ryan
  • WK1 500m, 2nd Caitlin Ryan
  • WK1 5000m, 1st Teneale Hatton
  • WK2 200m, 1st Caitlin Ryan, Briar McLeely (3rd Oceania)
  • WK2 500m, 1st Caitlin Ryan, Briar McLeely (2nd Oceania)
  • WK4 200m, 3rd Briar McLeely, Teneale Hatton, Samalulu Clifton, Juli Urada
  • WK4 200m, 1st Briar McLeely, Teneale Hatton, Samalulu Clifton, Juli Urada (2nd Oceania)
  • Mixed C1 200m, 1st Bruce Lee, 2nd Jington Luo, 3rd Penelope Strickland
  • Mixed C1 500m, 1st Bruce Lee, 2nd Romeo Chuqi, 3rd Penelope Strickland
  • MC2 200m, 1st Bruce Lee, Jintong Luo, 2nd Bob Yubo Zhang, Romeo Chuqi Wang
  • MC2 200m, 1st Bruce Lee, Romeo Chuqi Wang


  • 35-44 MK1 200m, 1st Phillip D’Anvers, 3rd James D’Anvers
  • 35-44 MK1 1000m, 3rd James D’Anvers
  • 45-54 MK1 1000m, 2nd Garth Spencer
  • 45-54 MK1 5000m, 1st Garth Spencer
  • MK2 200m, 1st Phillip D’Anvers, James D’Anvers
  • MK4 500m, 3rd James D’Anvers, Garth Spencer, Phillip D’Anvers, John Kearney
  • MK4 200m, 1st James D’Anvers, Garth Spencer, Gavin Elmiger, John Kearney
  • WK1 500m, 3rd Sharon Ducker
  • WK1 5000m, 1st Sharon Ducker, 2nd Tonia Williams, 3rd Diana Austin
  • WK2 200m, 2nd Diana Austin, Maria Millar
  • WK2 500m, 2nd Sharon Ducker, Tonia Williams, 3rd Diana Austin, Maria Millar
  • WK4 200m, 2nd Sharon Ducker, Tonia Williams, Diana Austin, Maria Millar
  • WK4 500m, 2nd Sharon Ducker, Tonia Williams, Diana Austin, Maria Millar


  • MC1 100m, 1st Romeo Chuqi Wang, 2nd Jintong Luo, 3rd Bob Yubo Zhang
  • Mixed C1 200m, 1st Romeo Chuqi Wang, 2nd Bob Yubo Zhang, 3rd Jintong Luo

* All U18 and Open medals are both National  and Oceania unless otherwise stated.

North Shore paddlers at Lake Karapiro

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.

Samosas being prepared for collection at club rooms.

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 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.

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