Naumai haere mai ki Tauranga Moana OCC.
As 2018 draws to an end, our club looks back on what has been another fabulous year on the water. With many highs and a few lows (but we`ll leave those with Tangaroa) it`s been a year of challenges, team spirits, races, crew development and growth for our paddlers both on and off the water.
The start of the year saw several clubbies represent at Nationals, with W1 paddlers Lawrence, Kathie, Dave, Brenda, Ric and Theo. Ake Hoe W12 with Gaylene, Brenda, Maryanna, Lil, Sonia and Maria making up six paddlers, the other six made up from Ruamata Hinemalas. Other clubbies paddled for other clubs, which enabled them to qualify for worlds in Tahiti.
The IVF VA’A World Sprints Championships in Tahiti in July saw Theo, Liz, Paora, Cynthia, Moira and Les all race extremely well, with Les and Cynthia getting medals for the Masters 70 for 500 metres, Moira picking up a medal in the Senior Masters 60, while Theo and Paora picked up gold medals in the W6 Masters 70 and a silver in the sprint Masters 70. Theo was also the only male in the single sprint Masters 70. Great results, that`s what hard work looks like!
Long Distance Nationals - Napier
From sprints in Tahiti in July, to Long Distance Nationals in Napier in October, our club participated at the Te Waananga o Aotearoa LDN`s, which saw twenty-four paddlers participate across nine events over two days, from our J16 W2 and W6, W1 Master Men rudderless, W2 and W6 Master Men, W6 Master Mixed, W2 Snr Master Women, and W1 Master 70 Men.
W2 – J16 Men
Braden / Noah Gold medal
W2 Master Men
Troy / Nick Gold medal
W2 Senior Master Women
Gaylene and Brenda Gold medal
W1 Master 70 Men (rudderless)
Theo Vale Gold medal
W1 Master 70 Men (ruddered)
Richard Broughton Gold medal
W2 Senior Master Women
Carol Andrews and Jen Butler
W1 Master Men – (Rudderless)
Craig Fenwick Bronze medal
W6 Master Men
Tauranga Harbour Masters
Rich, Tom Rika, Nick, Darryl, Craig and Tom Atkins Bronze medal
W6 J16 Mixed
Roimata, Natalie, Noah, Mereana, Tyler
and Braden Fourth place
W6 Master Mixed
Finny, Kellie, Thomas, Gaylene, Lisa and Del Fourth place
W1 Master Men (rudderless)
Tom Rika and Rich Thomson / placings
Clubbies who paddled for other clubs
W6 Gold Master Women
Liz and Les Gold medal
(paddled for Nga Hau e Wha Waitakere)
V1 Senior Master
Lawrence 9th place
(paddled for Ruamata)
The results speak for themselves, an outstanding outcome for our clubbies and some very proud moments for everyone involved. From the nine events TMOCC participated in, our club took home five gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals, with our two fourth placings missing out by mere seconds! I can already hear talk of LDNs next year in Auckland!
TMOCC J16 Mixed ‘Wairoa Sharks’
The team was originally formed the week before the 2018 Omokoroa Dash. After the Dash we had a few changes, and for some time now the team has been Roimata, Natalie, Noah, Mereana, Tyler and Braden.
We raced the Rotohoe series and by attending all the races, we accumulated points which in turn won us the J16 Mixed title. We also raced the Mauao series, Mokoia and the Cathedral Cove Challenge, where you will see some great photos from Franz showing our tip training session in the breakers before the start of the race, definitely intentional. October saw us race at the Long Distance Nationals Napier, with two of the team, Braden and Noah who also raced W2.
Words by Braden Smith
Waka ama is about more than paddling and races, it`s about te hauora o nga tangata, the health of the people, giving respect to the sea and waters for all our paddlers, belonging, identity and collective strength, and being the example we want to illustrate to others, keen to get involved with this addictive sport.
Paddle strong, paddle hard, paddle light. See you on the water.