Tarawera River to display Canoe Slalom elite paddlers

Date published: January 12, 2012 at 11:22 am | Comments

The Tarawera River in Kawerau will be the venue for the first weekend of ranking & selection races for
the top New Zealand canoe slalom paddlers. After weeks of what seems like endless rain, the flow of
water in the Tarawera River can be expected to be higher than normal, which will certainly increase the
level of challenge for the canoe slalom paddlers.

Olympic places are already confirmed for NZ # 1’s, Mike Dawson (K1M) and Luuka Jones (K1W) who will
be in Kawerau competing, this will give the general public the opportunity to watch two NZ Olympic
medal hopefuls in action right on our doorstep. It will be the first time that New Zealand has both a
female and male canoe slalom paddler represented at the Olympic Games. Dawson is only the 4th Kiwi
to make the Olympics in canoe slalom whilst Jones will appear at her 2nd Olympics, after being the first
Kiwi female to make the Olympics held in Beijing 4 years ago.

The World number 3 ranked Czech paddler, Vavrinec Hradilek will also be on display and the German
2010 World Champs team gold medallist, Fabian Doerfler will also be competing on the Tarawera River.

For many of the elite paddlers the Selection races in Kawerau will be another notch on the training
schedule with the ICF ranking races taking place the following weekend in Shannon. For others,
selection for the various New Zealand teams is high on the agenda and always fiercely contended.
Kawerau will also host a 3 day development training camp starting Monday 15th January, which will
continue the development of future New Zealand paddlers, which is starting to pay dividends for NZ on
the World stage, as evident with Jones and Dawson making the New Zealand Olympics squad.

Boats will be on the water from 10am on both Saturday and Sunday 21/22 January at Waterhouse St.

Source: NZ Canoe Slalom