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Junior paddlers steal the show

Friday November 29, 2019 Written by Published in Paddling
Local and overseas clubs put on an exciting display in the Oe Mapu junior racing competition. Harvie Allison/DSC_5214 Local and overseas clubs put on an exciting display in the Oe Mapu junior racing competition. Harvie Allison/DSC_5214

Young paddlers returned to the Vaka Eiva competition after a lapse of three years, showing what the annual event has been missing. Harvie Allison reports.

The Matson Vaka Eiva 2019 saw the return of Oe Mapu junior racing competition.

The divisions competing were under-12, U14, and the big kids the U16.

Day one on Wednesday was the marathon races of two, four, and six kilometres respectively held on beautiful Muri lagoon.

It proved a great racing, introducing many of the young athletes to their first serious competition and these mokos can paddle!

With smiles and laughter all round of course, the visiting teams from New Zealand and Australia were so impressed to be paddling on such a beautiful lagoon – a real life experience for many that had never seen such picturesque surroundings.

The junior paddlers returned yesterday for a full schedule of sprint racing at the Vaianas Nikao sprint course with V1 (one person), V3 (three person), and V6 (six person) racing for all divisions.

A big schedule with heats and finals ensured everyone had plenty of race time on the water and all relished the perfect conditions and beautiful sunny weather.

Following the completion of finals, the juniors were presented with medals in their respective divisions followed by party time including tasty kaikai provided by the great hosts Vaianas.

Certainly all our visitors that attended were demanding their supportive parents bring them back again next year for another taste of paddling in paradise!


Junior Marathon V6: 2km U12 Girls - Ytak Black (Waitakere) 12.05 minutes, 4km U12 Girls Ngakau Toa Vaka 28.33, 2km U14 Girls - Ytak Black 12.27, 4km U14 Girls Ngakau Toa Vaka 23.35, 2km U14 Boys Tane Tumu Ora (New Zealand) 12.20, 4km U14 Boys Tane Tumu Ora 21.06, 2km U14 Mixed - Akarana (New Zealand) 10.08, 4km U14 Mixed Akarana 20.43, 4km U16 Ngakau Toa Vaka 20.11, 6km U16 Girls Ngakau Toa Vaka 29.17, 4km U16 Boys Fraser Coast (Australia) 19.47, 6km Fraser Coast 29.19. The sprints results were still being tallied when this edition went to print last night.



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