Waka Ama Regatta Orakei team members: Micaiah Adams, Italea Gussey, Ninia Kihi, Bailey Marshall, Aaron Martin, Lee Mataroa, Kristina McGonagle, Holly-Mae Miles, Brooklyn Murphy, Ryan Narayan, Teina Panapa, William Saurara, Rangipokaia Shaw, Wairangi Shaw, Wanz Tauhara-Teao, Callum Temara, Sosaia Tonga, Rima Turner and Evanza Waretini.
Our J19s team won their W6 250m Sprint Novice final and our U16 Boys team won 1st place in Plate Final for W6 500m (turns) race! J16 Girls placed 5th in their W6 500m (turns) Plate Final. J16 Boys played 4th in their W6 250m sprint Championship Final and J16 Girls placed 5th in their W6 250m sprint Championship Final too!
Our U16 Girls and U16 Boys Waka Ama teams went on to represent our school at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Waka Ama Championships! The week started with Kristina McGonagle competing in the U16 Girls W1 250m Plate Semi which she placed 7th in with a time of 1:38:10! Teina Panapa also competed in the U16 Boys W1 250m Plate Semi and placed 5th before going on to the Plate Final and placing 10th! Our U16 Mixed team placed 7th in the WT12 250m Champ Semi! Day 2 saw our U16 Girls team place 8th in the W6 250m heat and our U16 Boys team place 5th in their W6 250m heat.
On Day 3 our U16 Girls placed 4th in their W6 500m Plate Semi and 2nd in their W6 250m Plate Semi. Our U16 Boys placed 2nd but unfortunately were DQ’d and then went on to place 2nd in their W6 250m Plate Semi. Day 4 was finals day! Congratulations to our U16 Girls who came 7th in their W6 250m Plate Final! Congratulations also to our U16 Boys who placed 3rd in their W6 250m Plate Final! A great week for our Waka Ama teams and one to be proud of!