Poznan Day 2

June 28, 2008

Well I never thought I would be so happy with a race where I came 5th!

This afternoon we had the A Final of the K1 1000m. It was a very strong tail wind which made the conditions a little tricky with the waves in the last few hundred meters. I managed to get away with just the one brace stroke!

Adam Van Koeverden of Canada took line honors in a 3.25.725, Tim Brabants of Great Britain was 2nd in 3.26.535, Eirik Veras Larsen of Norway was 3rd in 3.26.977, Ken Wallace in 3.27.661 and I was 5th in 3.28.091 – 2.4 seconds behind the winner which was a step in the right direction after being 4.5 seconds back in Duisburg.

In the 200s Steve Ferg and Erin Taylor both progressed through to the A Final tomorrow.

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Steve and Mike had a great K2 1000 to make the podium within 1.1 seconds of the two top French crews. One of them being the 2007 World Champions.

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Poznan Day 1

June 27, 2008

The first day of the World Cup ran relatively smoothly for the team.

I was third in my heat of the K1 1000m to Adam Van Koeverden of Canada and Jernej Zupancic of Slovenia, all of us within .6 of a second of each other.

Then mens K2 of Mike Walker and Steve Ferg won their heat of the K2 1000m comfortably in a time of 3.17.

In the K1 200s Erin Taylor was 3rd as was Steve Ferg.

In the K1 500s Steve and I both progressed through to the 500m semi finals on Sunday comfortably.

The womens 500m heats were postponed until tomorrow morning due to highs wind that came up this afternoon. Incredibly the wind and waves picked up so much that in one of the C1 races only three competitors crossed the line with the rest submerged and swimming home.

Poznan World Cup 3

June 26, 2008

Tomorrow we start the third and final world cup of 2008.

The link for the official event website is http://www.wc2008.pl/

This evening we checked the boats to make sure they were the correct weight (12kg for K1) as per the official event scales. I like to keep a buffer of around 100grams so it was nice to be able to take a couple of weights out and still achieve this as my boat gained some weight after some equipment changes after Duisburg.

Also we had an opportunity to practice in the start gates to get a little more familiar with them before racing starts tomorrow.

Below myself coming out of the start gates with our K2 crew of Mike Walker and Steve Ferg to the left of me.

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Poznan – Poland

June 23, 2008

This afternoon the NZ kayak team arrived in Poznan, just a day after the NZ Rowing team had finished a very successful regatta here themselves.

This evening we took a light paddle to loosen up after a day of traveling. With a very strong tail wind the course was feeling fast!

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It has been very good to have an extra week between regattas to get on top of things more. Hopefully a new personal best over 2 kilometers will transfer into a much more respectable 1000m result than I was able to deliver in Duisburg.

Day 3 – 500s

June 15, 2008

Today we had the semi finals for the K1 500. I was pleased to make it to the A final just over a second slower than the fastest qualifier.

In the final I had nothing left though and finished 9th. Not a great placing but after an uneasy beginning to my European campaign I am happy with two A finals and not to have slipped from my ranking of 5th from Worlds 07 which has been hard work!

For the next week my priority is to get healthier and once this is achieved get some good quality training in..

Other team results- Erin Taylor was 8th in the A final of the womens K1 500 and Steve Ferg convincingly won the B Final of the mens K1 500.

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Duisburg World Cup 2

June 13, 2008

Today we had the semi finals and finals for the 1000m events.

I progressed from my semi final as the third place getter. This afternoon we had the final in which I was placed 5th 4.5seconds behind World Champion Tim Brabants of Great Britain who won in a 3.28. 2nd Was Eirik Veras Larsen NOR, 3rd Adam Van Koeverden CAN and 4th Ken Wallace AUS. Interestingly the same top 5 as worlds last year.

Erin Taylor was 5th in the A final of the womens K1 1000 and the Mens K2 of Steve Ferg and Mike Walker were 4th in the A final of the K2 1000.

Tomorrow we have the semi finals and finals for the K1 500m.

Day 3

June 11, 2008

With no other Kiwis racing on day 3 is was in the hands of Erin Taylor. She had a great race to win the B Final.

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Day 2

June 6, 2008

Today was the semi finals and finals day for the 1000m events.

Its was fun to watch the competition from another point of view, and enjoy sitting with the spectators, soaking up the atmosphere and at times the rain! For me I found it very motivating and I am more excited than ever going into the World Cup 2 regatta in Duisburg next week.

The Mens K1 1000m which is my specialist event was a very competitive race with Adam Van Koeverden taking Line honors in a 3.32, Eirik Veras Larsen and Tim Brabants second and third respectively.

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Day 1

June 5, 2008

The end…

Common sense prevailed today and after coming down to the course ready to warm up I made a choice to not race as I wasnt feeling in good health and with our next world cup in Duisburg just a week away it made sense to rest up. As I have made that mistake before..

Anyway it has been a good day to watch the racing and feel the motivation build as I watch everybody else take part.

Some photos from the mens K1 500 heats. With Olympic and World Champion Adam Van Koeverden of Canada and Jonas Ems of Germany battling it out.

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And Below World K1 1000m Champion,Sydney Olympic bronze medalist and 4x European Champion Tim Brabants in control Below..With Steve Ferg of NZ in fifth place.

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World Cup 1 – Szeged, Hungary 2008

June 4, 2008

We are now in Hungry and I have my new Thinkpad laptop thanks to Lenovo who are supplying computers for the Beijing Olympics. To help the spectator get an inside perspective into what goes on behind the scenes Lenovo has assisted 100 athletes with the equipment they need to keep a blog so the public can follow their journey.

Below is a picture of some of the team taking an evening walk around the town square of Szeged..

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Tomorrow we start racing and I am sure everybody in the team is anxious to race to get a feel for how close their hard work has brought them to being on track to achieve their Olympic ambitions.

Training has been so good for me I even got sick! Normally a good sign that the body has received enough training stimulus. A few days rest has been enjoyed and I really like to think that it wont be too much of an issue as I am feeling better every day.

The week in general for everybody has been about resting up a little and fine tuning boat set ups as we are fresh in Europe and have all new boats. I am thankful to Nelo which is a top manufacturer from Portugal who have supplied my K1 for the season. They have been very obliging personalizing my boat to my requirements making a deeper bow section to maintain waterline length at race pace and also making the deck a little narrower at the catch. For colours this year I was fortunate that Nelo have many options that one can spend hours pondering, not including limitless patterns and spray jobs. In the end I went with Kiwi black. Actually it is raw carbon fibre weave and looks quite racy!

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We also took the time to have a team photo.

NZ Team 2008!

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This year unlike other years we wernt going to get caught out by the cold so we are all well prepared with our nice jackets thanks to Macpac.