New Plymouth's Andrea Bunn had the perfect buildup to the world marathon kayaking championships in Rome later this month with a win in the open women's race at the New Zealand 10km championships at the weekend. Bunn claimed the national title on Lake Okareka in Rotorua on Saturday and also clinched the national series title with her strong finish.
She was one of nine paddlers from the Waitara Kayak Club at the national championships, held in windy conditions.
Bunn leaves this week along with New Plymouth's Adam Fraser and Paul Randall for the worlds, starting on September 19. Bunn competes in the K1 women's masters over 25km, while Fraser and Randall each have two races. Fraser is in the elite men's 30km and the K2 elite men's 30km with Randall, who also competes in the K1 men's masters over 25km.
There were two titles up for grabs in each event at Rotorua - the championship title and the series title.
To qualify for the series title, paddlers had to have competed in at least two other 10km races before the nationals.
Brendon Metcalfe paddled well to claim second in the series in the masters division. Rebecca Cole won both the championship and the series titles in the under-19 girls' division, while Sarah Wilson and Jerusa Lambert-Fahy finished fourth and fifth in the championships, which was enough to give them second and third respectively overall in the series.
In the under-16 girls' division, Bronwyn Larsen paddled her way to the silver medal, while in the under-14 boys' competition, Thomas Cole finished third to claim bronze.
Cassie Wilson and Ariana Kereopa finished fourth and fifth respectively in the under-14 girls' division.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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