Successful campaign for Kiwi K4 crew

Despite not having received a medal at the final day of the World Cup in Germany, the New Zealand Womens K4 Kayaking crew remain satisfied with their performance.

It wasn't the start the crew of Jaimee Lovett (Ngāti Raukawa), Aimee Fisher, Caitlyn Ryan and Kayla Imrie (Te Whakatōhea) had hoped for, but they fought back strongly to finish fifth in the K4 500 final behind Belarus, Poland, Germany and Australia.

The German round of the World Cup events was a huge step up in quality from last week's world cup in Portugal where the rookie K4 crew collected gold. 

Lovett, Ryan, Fisher and Imrie have only been training together for six months, following the appointment of team coach René Olsen by Canoe Racing New Zealand, and have spent much of that time building strength to power their boat through the middle stages of the 500m distance.

The crew ended their campaign with three medals - the K4 gold last week, a K2 500m silver from Ryan and Fisher and a K2 200m bronze from Imrie and Fisher on Saturday.

Their results mean that the K4 is a virtual certainty to be selected for August's world championships, where they'll have a great chance of qualifying a boat for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The crew returns home this coming Wednesday, while New Zealand team mates Lisa Carrington, Marty McDowell head to the third world cup in Denmark this weekend.