Māori kayakers selected for world championships

By Online News Team

World and Olympic champion Lisa Carrington (Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki) and K4 paddlers Jaimee Lovett (Ngāti Raukawa) and Kayla Imrie (Te Whakatōhea) have been selected for the world championships to be held next month in Italy. 

All together, there are nine paddlers who will take to the Italian waters to compete against the world's best.

Joining the trio are New Zealand kayakers Darryl Fitzgerald and Zac Franich, K1 1000m champion Marty McDowell and aspiring K4 females Aimee Fisher, Caitlin Ryan as well as paracanoe athlete Scott Martlew.

Carrington will compete in her specialty race, the K1 200, whilst Jaimee and Kayla will join their pairs in the K4. 

Canoe Racing New Zealand chief executive Mark Weatherall was pleased with the final make-up of the team, especially after the performance of the Kiwi crews at the world cup regattas in June.

"Our paddlers picked up six golds, a silver and two bronze medals over three weeks, which gave the sport a huge boost heading into the Olympic qualifications," 

"We'll be doing everything we can to help them realise their Olympic dreams, either at the world championships or the Oceania championships early next year," he says.

The World Championships will kick off in Milan on August 19. 

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