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23 October 2013


Hi all


I trust you are all enjoying the warmer and lighter days, when its not blowing it certainly is very pleasant out there on the water.


Its fantastic to see so many people coming along to the sessions especially in the weekends and on Wednesday’s. Saturday was awesome with a huge group of paddlers out there on the harbour all fully involved in what was quite a demanding session but a good one J. Awesome to see all those K2’s out there. Way to go Mana members you’re doing so well.


Heaps has been happening over the last few weeks so this is a good chance to update you all and to look forward to what’s coming up.


Blue Lake 1 Sprint Regatta

A large group headed up to Rotorua for the first regatta of the season and what an experience it turned out to be. The conditions have been described as the worst ever – it blew consistently for two days with the last part of the second day having to be cancelled as the waves were getting too big to be able to race and in some cases to stay afloat.


But for all that a great time was had by all with everyone getting on the water and experiencing sprint racing. There were some fantastic performances across all members and it was great to see the number of first timers complete their events and for Sarah to finally make it out to the start only to sink when lining up. Check out the CRNZ website for a full list of results.—windy-and-wild


Off the water was just as much fun as the club came together at our accommodation on the banks of the beautiful Lake Rotiti. X Factor Mana style was the hit of the Saturday night evening as 4 groups vied for the honour of winning the competition and the awesome singlets. All groups had to come up with a song or a dance and perform in front of the opinionated judges of Jeorn, Kayla and Karen. There were some great performances but the silky smooth voice of Sam helped her group take out the coveted award. Personally I think the boys were really good but I guess that’s why I’m not a judge (we need some photos to put on the website – there was a few being taken from the audience)


Other Races

The rubber ducky races are well under way on a Tuesday night in town check out our website for more information and results.

Also the 2nd duathlon was held last Sunday on the Paremata course and what a great course this is. Again check out the results on our website. It was great to see so many of you turn up and give it a go.


Training Nights

We are starting Monday night trainings from Monday 4th November. This is a great opportunity to get out on the water more regularly and really make some progress in the sport for those of you who want to race. I realise that a lot of you are involved in many other activities which is great and is encouraged – if you can make any of the sessions then please do come along.

Training Session Details:

Monday 6pm

Wednesday 6pm

Saturday 8am

Sunday 8am


In terms of the weather conditions and whether a session is on or not please assume that it will be on. It is very rear that we cannot get on the water somewhere on the harbour. If it is cancelled you will be informed thru facebook – so if you’re not a friend then please connect with us. If you’re not a facebooker then do txt us.


Labour Weekend

There will be a session everyday of Labour weekend – Greg and Martin are around and will be taking the sessions.


Training Camp – 1 / 2 December – at Gregs place

Our third camp is fast approaching and what a special one this is going to be. Not only are we having a sleep over at Greg’s place – well camping on his front lawn but also an action packed learning experience that is going to compliment the development you have all been doing over the winter.

Key activities include:

  • On water training sessions – K1’s and Team boats
  • Psychology discussion – tools to help us think positively
  • Video analysis
  • Table tennis competitions – bottles and round the world
  • MKRC Tennis Open – parents welcome
  • Great food

Details for registration will be out soon.


Blue Lake 2 – 7 / 8 December

All those who would like to compete at the next sprint regatta please reply to Mark by Friday 1 November.

There are events for all age groups ie. U14, U16, U18 U23, open and Masters 35 +. This includes singles and team boats. As a club we are about encouraging you to participate and you are fully supported by our coaching team of Brian, Greg and Mark. For those that come along they thoroughly enjoy it so if you would like to give it a go then come along.


The total cost is approximately  $110 this includes accommodation, entry fee, trailer towage, and Saturday BBQ.


For more details on the event visit the CRNZ website




Paddles Up





7th September 2013

Its awesome to see the progression many of you are making in your kayaking development. Its really noticeable the amount of you who are paddling K1’s during our sessions which is absolutely awesome.

Kayaking is a long term development sport and as many of you have realised it is not something that you can just jump into and go fast. It does take time and I commend all those that persevere and give themselves the best opportunity to develop their potential and experience what it is like to go fast. For us as coaches we know that the best part for many of you is to come and that’s racing at the upcoming regatta’s – there’s nothing better than being able to jump into those team boats and make them go fast. Also having a great weekend away in a fantastic part of the country.

Congrats to Kurtis

It was so pleasing to see the success that Kurtis achieved at the recent World Junior Championships. Its a great example of making the most of the opportunities that are presented to you. Originally he was only selected to race the K1 200m then in the week leading up to the championships he was offered the chance to race in the 1000m as well and now he is the 10th ranked junior in the World for 1000m. Absolutely fantastic.

Just recently many of you would have heard or seen Lisa Carrington win yet another World Championship – for some it may make your dream of being an Olympian or World Champion in whatever sport you do you choose to participate in more of a reality.  We have a great photo from last years nationals with a number of our younger members posing with Lisa – not so long ago she was just like many of you, learning the skill of paddling a K1 – with a lot of perseverance and hard work she now has an Olympic gold medal and two World Championships titles. If you have high aspirations and plenty of self belief you are a long way down the pathway to success. Don’t ever be a fraid to give things a go – it is better to have tried than not tried at all.


With the racing season approaching and the completion of the winter sports it would be good to have you all coming to our sessions more regularly. At present we are training on Saturday and Sunday at 8am and Wednesday at 6pm. If you can please do make an effort to attend regularly as we are now ready to take many of you to another level in the sport as you have the balance required to develop speed. The programme that we are running is structured to build up to the NZ Championships in Feb. I will place the overall plan on the club notice board in the next week for you all to view. The training sessions will be quite varied to keep the sessions stimulating and fun but they will be purposeful. Some of you are now ready to start a individually focused programme but more will be shared on this next week.

Saturday Session: ( these sessions are for those that can confidently balance their kayak – alternative sessions will be offered for beginners and our performance paddlers)

Tempo 500m on 500m off by 4 + 200m by 2 + 500m on 500m – this pace means you can’t talk

Sunday Session

Ropes and Team Boats – 4 * 4min with 2min rest + 1 * 6min with 2min rest + 4 * 4min with 2min rest(no ropes)

Wednesday Session:

Tempo 5min – 4min – 3min – 2min – 1min with 1min rest in between each effort repeat 3 times

Have a great week everyone and we look forward to seeing you out on the water.

Paddles up


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