Paddlers shine at Foxton Loop



Sport and Recreatiion is for everyone, and with this the Annual Foxton Loop Race provided 69 Paddlers the opportunity for all ages and levels at both recreational and athlete level to come together and achieve both personal and National level goals.

Photo credits :  Laurelle Winiata

On Saturday, the Foxton Loop on the Manawatu River waterway, provided plenty of representation from aspiring Olympic kayakers, Coast to Coast multisporters, surf life savers, sea kayakers, Ocean surf ski, stand up paddle boarders to do what they enjoy doing at various paces.

As with the limits imposed by Organising an event under the Government Covid 19 Level 2 alert restrictions we had plenty of shining lights, none more so than aspiring Kathmandu Coast to Coast multisporter Shaz Dagg from Feilding. Shaz who best describes herself as “Limb-it-less Shaz Dagg”, due to her prosthetic left arm, partnered up with Palmerston North Canoe Club stalwart Brett Garrett in an adventure racing double kayak and seemed to get around the 12km course at a good steady pace.

On the 12 km course Jack Clifton (Whanganui) was the first open man followed by Carl Barnes (New Plymouth) and then Paul Moreno (Wellington0 Palmerston North Firefighter, Ann Cairns was first female home followed by Emma Kemp (Wellington) and Sophie Brooke Whanganui.

The 6 km Course was headed by Angus Sewell (Whanganui) Zane Mills-Nossiter (Whanganui) Adam Opzeeland (Wellington) quickly following them were the young female paddlers Anna Clifton (Whanganui) Poppy Barnes (New Plymouth) and Hayley Cudby (Foxton Beach) all navigating the tight 2 lap course very skilfully.

Event Organiser Chester Burt was very pleased with the significant turnout and we are looking forward to Organising the 2021 version of the Welly Paddlers Foxton Loop Race again next year and with this provide the opportunity to the 10 - 20 Paddlers who either missed the late entry cut off or were sick on the day.

The Foxton location really punches above its weight for a small town mainly due to it’s central location and the huge potential to see the return of the amazing waterway of old, with this we are sure the Event will draw in more people in the years ahead.

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