Jade Tierney at the NZCT New Zealand National Sprint Championships a week ago. Georgia Schofield/21052423
The Canoe and Kayak Cook Islands team of four, Jade and Lily Tierney, Kohl Tamarua – Horton, and Ollie Dearlove, recently returned from the NZCT New Zealand National Sprint Championships with some very pleasing results.
The event held a week ago at Lake Karapiro doubled as the
Race conditions were challenging over the course of the
event, but for (Jade) Tierney and Tamarua-Horton; Team Cook Islands local based
athletes, it provided valuable racing building towards their departure for the
Tamarua-Horton made the finals in the Olympic distances in
the U18 Men’s division.
Dearlove made the semifinal in the U18 Men’s 200m.
The Tierney siblings continued their success in team boats
bagging two bronze medals (U18 WK4), teaming up with Christchurch-based
paddlers Garrett and Roadley.
The Canoe and Kayak Cook Islands programme will take a short
break before kicking off their next season in July, which will consist of an
Open Day to register new members, and both flat water and open ocean
Beyond the Tokyo Games on the programme’s immediate radar is
the World Ocean Marathon Championships (Surf Ski) in Auckland in January next
Jade Tierney and Tamarua-Horton will spend a further month
training from Rarotonga before returning to New Zealand to train with their
respective technical coaches, which would be their final Olympic Games
preparation. They will both hold
fundraisers to support their Games’ preparation needs.
Canoe and Kayak Cook Islands would like to thank Oceania
Canoe Association, Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee, Cook
Islands Canoeing Association, Bank South Pacific, Maritime Cook Islands,
Vodafone, Prime Foods, Ngakau Toa Vaka, Island Craft, Annie Fisher, the local
paddling community, and the generosity of the Cook Islands people, for
supporting their programme fundraisers throughout the season as well as recent
efforts to assist their Tokyo athletes.
For any queries regarding the upcoming programme Open Day or
to support local Olympians Tierney and Tamarua-Horton, contact Roly Rolleston