Hamilton brothers bring home silver and bronze from Waka Ama champs

Brothers Ezra (left) and Te Kopere Simmons are bronze and silver medallists at the Waka Ama World champs.
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Brothers Ezra (left) and Te Kopere Simmons are bronze and silver medallists at the Waka Ama World champs.

St John's College students Ezra and Te Kopere Simmons have achieved bronze and silver medals at the Waka Ama World Championships in Australia.

The IVF Va'a World Elite Sprint Championships held on the Sunshine Coast in Australia in May had racers from all over the world gather to compete.

The brother's six-man team won silver in its 1000 metre race and bronze in its 500 metre race in the under 19 boys section representing their Hamilton club Tetaki.

Ezra, 17, said they did not expect to place. 

"We had nationals in New Zealand and we didn't do well so it was a big surprise," he said. 

Both boys started racing when they were seven-years-old but they stopped until two years ago when they took the sport up again.

During summer the boys train twice a day with their club on the Waikato River.

The boys had a race every day at the week-long event, and also got to have a look around the local area while they were there.

Te Kopere, 16, said New Zealand was the country with the most competitors at the world championship with 500 people more than any other country.

New Zealand managed to win the competition overall, bringing home 79 medals. 

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