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.
Long Distance Nationals Results
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!
Our AGM was held in
Thanks so much to our outgoing president, Gaylene MacFarlane, who stepped up last year and has worked hard to ensure the club's committee has been more involved and more supportive of each other. In her own words, Gaylene said the year has been about 'empowerment and she has been a driving force behind our new affiliation membership option. Gaylene 'is remaining on the committee as Vice President, which is very much welcomed by new president Darryl Hyne. Congratulations to Darryl and all of our other new committee members and office holders.
Our club continues to grow, with much credit going to Kath and Ian for bringing on the new paddlers. The challenge for all of us is to make sure there is something for these new paddlers to continue on with and there are a number of new development squads and social teams.
Your committee members are all here to support you and make our club the best it can be so please don't hesitate to approach any of us if you have any thoughts or suggestions about the club.
Our outgoing committee members are:
President - Gaylene MacFarlane
Vice President: - Liz Webster
Secretary - Lesley Quirke & Tracy Phillips
Committee - Robyn Richards, Maureen Verstegen
Welcome to our incoming members:
President - Darryl Hyne
Vice President: - Gaylene MacFarlane
Treasurer - Kath Mildon & Alex Ryder
Secretary - Sefulu Calvert
Committee - Karen Thomas, Steve Hill, Dave Robertson, Julie Sargisson, Ian Hemmingsen, Theo Vale, Liz Webster, Diana Bomford, Cameron (Juniors), Ora Pihema
The South Island Masters Games are happening from 4-8 October in sunny Nelson this year and we are looking to spread the word to any one who would like to come down and join in the fun! The Games are open to anyone aged 30+ years from all over New Zealand and overseas. There’s no need to qualify or belong to a club, anyone can participate, even if they’ve never paddled a waka before.
We have two Waka Ama classes this year (beginner and experienced) and we can provide all the equipment here so there is no need to paddle your Waka down! A full team is also not required - we can put anyone interested into a team with other individuals. You can find out more information about Waka Ama and the other 40 sports on the Games website at www.simasters.com
Once again we seemed to pick the best day of winter. Congratulations to all those that won awards.
A special thank you from all of us to Roka Woka who organised the whole day, from organising the teams, sorting out transport, sourcing some great spot prizes from local firms Top Catch, Steves Marine and Burnsco, organising the food lay out and the all important clear up in the kitchen. You made today that much more special and it certainly wouldn't have been what is was without your hard work.
2016 - Wave Warriors
Top Junior Paddler
2016 - Braden Smith
Top Senior Male Paddler
2016 - Theo Vale
Top Male Paddler
2016 - Napolen Eketone
Top Female Paddler
2016 - Rebekka Still
Top Junior Paddler
2016 - Braden Smith
2016 - Taina Maddigan-Ould
2016 - Ian Hemmingsen
Coach of the Year
2016 - Lawrence Smith
Personality of the Year
2016 - Dave Lynn
Dave Lynn Memorial Trophy
2016 - Braden Smith
2016 - Dave Lynn
2016 - Simati "Marty" Toomalatai
Club Members that were at the World Sprints 2016
(if we have missed your name, please email me and I will fix it up, its hard to pick names out of a list of over 500 people)
Another busy year with the Yellow Pages deliveries, we picked up 13,000 phone books, and most of the clubs and whanau made it down to the packing night.
Just to spice things up this year, we decided to bless one of our canoes while we waited for the pizza's to arrive. Welcome to the newest member of our club. Atawhai, Cheers to Chris for doing the blessing for us. This would have to be a first for us, to do a night blessing, but hey, everyone was there, so why not.
Congrats to all the clubies that made it over to Raglan. It looks like the biggest turn out ever. After a short delay due to fog racing got underway.
Something about Mary – 7th – 44:40
The Pig Tail Gf’s – 11th – 45:02
Open – It’s in the mix – 4th – 1:56.00
Master – Mixed Drinks – 5th – 2:06:39
Snr Master Mixed – Tmoccasins – 3rd – 2:08:30
Tornado – 7th – 1:46:49
We recently completed our 2nd Takapuna Beach Cup and really enjoyed it, if you are thinking about giving it go, read on.
I was just in the throes of putting together a little post-race report to share with the rest of our club members, and I thought that there might be other people interested in reading it too, so here it is.
Where is it?
Takapuna Beach Auckland, New Zealand
What is it?
There are 3 days of racing, with the main focus being the 42km changes race and the 35km iron race around Rangitoto Island.
The W1 relay race on the Sunday is also becoming very popular.
How much does it cost?
We always try to get by as cheap as possible (but I think we may have cut the accommodation too fine this year). Once we include Entry Fees, Support Boat Hire, Canoe Hire (we bring our own), Transport Costs (Tauranga-Auckland), Accommodation, Boat Supplies it worked out about $210 – $230 each.
We did the 42km race only; it may cost more/less depending on your choices, obviously if you stay in the Hilton then the cost will be north of that.
How do you know if your team is ready for it?
The race times this year ranged between 3-5 hours. At a minimum be prepared to be paddling for 4 hours.
You will also need to have a practice at doing water changes unless you are doing the iron race. We practiced our water changes by doing loops in front of a jetty; you can also use two canoes offshore and anchor one to use it as a platform.
You will need to think about things like food and hydration during the race, they are really important factors.
When is it?
19-21st Feb 2016, plenty of time to train for it, see you there…