Local kayakers impress

Tuesday 25 May 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Paddling, Sports

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Local kayakers impress
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 Oceania Championships.

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 Tokyo Games.

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 paddling. 

Beyond the Tokyo Games on the programme’s immediate radar is the World Ocean Marathon Championships (Surf Ski) in Auckland in January next year.

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 at 54779.