More medals for Aotearoa in V1 500m races

By Rahia Timutimu

It was a battle between the best V1 500m paddlers in the world at day 5 of the 2016 Waka Ama Championships. Aotearoa was outstanding in all races, taking home an array of medals. 

In the Master 60 Women's section, the first race of the day, New Zealand won silver.

In the Junior 16 Women's race, it was the beginning of what would become a clean sweep. New Zealand winning gold, silver and bronze.

The clean sweep continued in the Master 40 Men's section, where New Zealand won gold, silver and bronze.

It was yet another successful run for New Zealand paddlers in the Women's 40 section. Nicki Kingi took gold, her friends Vesna Radonich took silver and Ngaire Pehi won bronze.

Gisborne paddlers Akayshia Williams took gold, and twins, Cory and Kodi Campbell took silver and bronze n the U-19 section
In the Master 50 women, New Zealand won a gold and a silver medal. Tupu and Rose King's mum, Nyree King, taking out this category.
In the Master 50 Men's final, New Zealand managed to win silver and bronze.
In the major finals, New Zealand's top women battled it out in the Open Women's final. Marama Elkington just got pipped at the line, taking home silver, Rose King taking bronze.
In the Open Men's final Tupu King and Tyrin Thomas represented New Zealand with humility.

In the end, Tupu managed to come third, to take home a bronze medal.
The attention now is on the V6 teams, as they compete in the 1000m races tomorrow.