Congratulations to all the schools and paddlers that competed this year.
It’s been a difficult year, with COVID forcing us to postpone the event until 22 May. While the number of schools and teams competing was down significantly on last year, Henley Lake in Masterton presented fantastic racing conditions.
Race results are available for download at https://hoetonga.co.nz/2022/02/21/hoe-tonga-secondary-school-regional-sprint-championships-2022/. Event photos are available for free at our Flickr site at https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzQYne.
A big thank you to College Sport Wellington and David Fa’atafa for collaborating with us to deliver this event and all the volunteers that helped make this event happen. A special thanks goes to our head officials at the various stations:
- Marinna Millanta-Lowrey and Petra Melville (finish line)
- Chris Fox and Maaika van Alst (start line)
- Matt Ammunson (flags)
- Karmen Wallace and Thomas Tawhiri (loading bay and announcer)
- Trini Ropata-Tawhiri (registration desk)
- Terry Harkin (photography)
- Jörn Scherzer (race director)
Also a big thank you to Paddy Rimene and Wairarapa Waka Ama Canoe Club for helping us host the event and preparing the race course, and Toa Waka Ama and Hawaikinui for providing canoes.
Two school trophies were up for grabs:
Our School Excellence Award recognises the school that accumulates the most points across all races, with 4 points for each first place in Championship Finals, 3 points for a second place, 2 points for a third place, and 1 point for a fourth place. The winner this year was Manukura (from Palmerston North) with a record 40 points, followed by Te Kura Maori o Porirua with 30 points, and in third place was Mana College with 15 points.
Our School Spirit Award is given to the school that contributes the most towards the atmosphere and event delivery, and for going the extra mile. This year’s winner of this award was Te Kura o Kokohuia.
Finally, the steerer of Aotea College’s U16 “Aotea Pink” team was the lucky winner of a brand-new Tai Broadbill paddle.
See you next year!