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Olympic Games profile – Kohl Tamarua-Horton

Friday 16 July 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Other Sports, Sports


Olympic Games profile – Kohl Tamarua-Horton

Kohl Tamarua-Horton is preparing to compete in the canoe sprint event at the upcoming Toyko Olympics.

Cook Islands Heritage

Kohl Tamarua-Horton is the son of Ruth Tangiiau Mave and Lee Horton. His maternal grandfather Sam Mave comes from Aroko, Ngatangiia, Rarotonga. Kohl’s great grandmother Rangi Tangiiau married Tearii Mave (who was Tahitian).

This or That

Ika mata or Wicked Wings? Both

Sea or Land? Sea

Nights in or out? Nights out

Movies or Books? Movies

Summer or Winter? Both

Rugby Union or Rugby League? Both

Tiktok or Instagram? Instagram

Morning or afternoon training? Afternoon

Singing or Dancing? Neither

Sleeping or Eating? Both


Food – Pizza

Colour – Blue

Movie – Den of Thieves

Singer – Jay Cole

Athlete – Usain Bolt

Country – Cook Islands

Career and Achievements

Kohl started his sports career June 2019 in Rarotonga. He saw athletes training one day and thought it looked good so he tried it. His achievements are:

  • Oceania U16 K1 200m Gold 2020
  • National title K1
  • National title Surf ski 2020
  • CISNOC Junior Sportsman of the Year 2020

His proudest moment is winning Oceania title after being in the sport for 8 months only. He loves competing in his events.

Role Model

His role model is Lisa Carrington (NZ flatwater canoeist) who he has met. Besides being a down to earth person, she has dominated her events winning gold medals in the Women’s k1 200m at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics as well as gold in the same events at the 2011 Canoe Sprint World Championships.

What do you do for fun?

Surf (body boarding), spear fishing, handing with mates and travelling.

Looking forward to @ Olympics

Looking forward to meeting world class athletes and see them compete live at the Tokyo Olympics.

Advice to aspiring Cook Islands athletes

Stay with it even when your friends aren’t there.