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World Masters Games 2017

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Canoe Polo will be one of the official sports at the World Masters Gams 2017, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The minimum age from Masters canoe polo is 30+.

The Games:

The World Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world. It terms of competitor numbers it is bigger even than the Olympics. Host rights are allocated every four years to a nominated city.

The Rights Holder:

The International Masters Games Association, a non profit organisation based in Switzerland, holds the rights to the summer and winter masters games.

The Shareholder of World Masters Games 2017:

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) holds the host rights to the 2017 Games.

The Funders of World Masters Games 2017:

The Games will cost $34m to stage. $11m each has been invested by Auckland Council via Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the New Zealand Government via New Zealand Major Events. The remaining $12m will come from registration fees and commercial sponsorship. The Presenting Partner of World Masters Games 2017 is Barfoot & Thompson Limited

The Chief Executive:

Jennah Wootten

The Board:

Chairman, Sir John Wells

Director, Diana Puketapu

Director, Kevin Ross

Director, Martin Snedden

Director, Dianne McAteer

Director, Barry Maister

The Participants:

An estimated 25,000 athletes will compete from across 100+ countries. They will be supported by an additional 10,000 visiting companions and officials. In addition, some 5500 event volunteers will be needed.

The Sports:

16 core sports and 12 optional sports have been selected by Auckland as the host nation, They are – Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Canoe / Kayak, Cycling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Orienteering, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Softball, Squash, Surf Life Saving, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting.

Eligibility:

People of all abilities can compete including para-athletes (in 8 sports) as long as they meet the minimum age criteria for their chosen sport as set by the international sporting federation for that code. Qualifying ages can be as low as 25. Athletes are generally considered masters competitors by age 35.

Ethos:

The World Masters Games is guided by the ‘sport for all philosophy of the Olympics Charter which promotes lifelong competition, friendship and understanding between mature sportspeople irrespective of age, gender, race, religion and status.

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NZ Teams compete at 2014 World Championships

New Zealand Canoe Polo teams ranked amongst the best in the world. 29 September 2014 New Zealand Canoe Polo teams have completed their month-long campaign finishing amongst the best in the world at the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Thury-Harcourt, France. The championships which attracts 600 athletes and 50,000 spectators is dominated by strong European teams who regularly rank in the top five and this year was no different. New Zealand teams, however, managed to squeeze into the standings lifting their profile again this time around and showing that they are a force to be reckoned with. 70-410 MB2-703 The New Zealand men’s team, Paddle Blacks, went into the competition with a world ranking of 13, and are now ranked 7thfrom their hard-fought campaign. The women’s team, Paddle Ferns, cemented their position as top four in the world, as did the under-21 men’s team, Junior Paddle Blacks. The under-21 women’s teamwere the only medallists bringing home a bronze medal for their efforts. Teams left New Zealand at the beginning of September to attend weekend tournaments in the Netherlands, France and Belgium before heading to the main event in Normandy, France.The level of competition prior to the tournament helped New Zealand in its quest for medals. Despite the high rankingsthe teams need more elite competition and the lack of opportunity was summed up well by the bronze medal-winning captain Sophie Winton who believed all teams benefited from the experience. “In Europe, the teams have so many tournaments throughout the year compared to us, we’ve got less than five”, she said. Teams will start arriving back in the country within the next fortnight for the start of the local canoe polo season looking to impart knowledge,share new skills and train hard for the next big event. The teams are below. NZ Paddle Ferns (Women) Tania Dugdale (captain) – Christchurch Megan Juno – Palmerston North Erin Bolton – Palmerston North Emma Hicks – Palmerston North Jordan Housiaux – Otaki Hannah Staples – Christchurch Olivia Spencer-Bower – Christchurch Paddle Blacks (men) James Mitchell (captain) – Palmerston North Jed Graham – Christchurch Nevan Hadley – Palmerston North Hamish Dugdale – Christchurch Matt Keong – Palmerston North Conor Sellwood – Palmerston North Luke Dustin – Palmerston North Carl Duncan – Palmerston North NZ under-21 women Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s Bay Britney Rolston – Auckland Stephanie Dryfhout – Palmerston North Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Sian Fendall – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay Jordan Pfeiler – Waikanae Sarah Ralton – Christchurch Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men) Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston North Jordan Hinton – Hawke’s Bay James Gibb – Auckland Jade Johnson – Christchurch Aaron Crabb – Palmerston North Ollie Maassen – Palmerston North Max Whitaker-Mills – Palmerston North Rod McDonald – Auckland

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New Zealand Canoe Polo under-21 team takes bronze at World Championships

New Zealand woke up this morning to the news that the under 21 junior paddle ferns women’s canoe polo team had taken bronze overnight. The junior paddle ferns, captained by Sophie Winton of Hawke’s Bay, narrowly loss against eventual winner France earlier in the day. The final score was 4-2 to France, which was a huge improvement on the 8-1 loss to France that the team had had the day before. The team knew they needed to bring out the big guns for their final to ensure they bought the bronze home. After an epic battle NZ came out on top winning 7-5. The under 21 junior paddle blacks faced Germany in their semi final narrowly missing the bronze and placing 4th. The NZ senior paddle ferns have made it through to the semi finals and face Germany tonight. 200-120 70-461 The NZ senior paddle blacks face the reigning champions the Netherlands tonight. The outcome of this game will see them play for 5/6 or 7/8 late this evening (NZT). You can follow the teams at https://www.facebook.com/nzcanoepoloassoc The team: Junior Paddle Ferns (under -21 women) Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s Bay Sian Fendall – Palmerston North Sarah Ralton – Christchurch Stephaine Dryfhout – Palmerston North Jordyn Phifer – Otaki Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Britnay Rolstan – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay Nick Burnett – Coach Peter Housiaux – Coach

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New Zealand Canoe Polo under-21 teams to challenge top teams in the World Championships semi final

Both the NZ under 21 mens and womens canoe polo teams

have made it to the semi finals of the World Championships being held in Normandy, France this weekend. The junior paddle ferns, captained by Sophie Winton of Hawke’s Bay, will come up against first ranked France following a hard fought battle against Poland which insured the team a place in the semi finals. The game against Poland was extremely close going goal for goal until the junior paddle ferns got one up and managed to maintain their lead until the final whistle. The junior paddle blacks, captained by Sam Hapeta of Palmerston North, will also face France in their semi final. The junior paddle blacks have had an impressive pre-world tour managing to win the u21 section of both the European Cup and Briezh, and placing 5th at the Poppies tournament in the senior division. The junior paddle blacks played higher ranked Great Brittain yesterday caused an upset and winning 7-5. The senior men and women have pool play games to finish, however, the chances are high of both teams making it through to the semi finals. You can follow the teams at https://www.facebook.com/nzcanoepoloassoc Also information can be found at http://www.canoeicf.com/icf/NewsGallery/News/France-and-Germany-ready-for-a-busy-weekend.html The teams are:

Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men)Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston NorthJordan Hinton – Hawke’s BayJames Gibb – AucklandJade Johnson – Christchurch Aaron Crabb – Palmerston North Ollie Maassen – Palmerston North Max Whitaker-Mills – Palmerston North Rod McDonald – Auckland Junior Paddle Ferns (under -21 women)Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s BaySian Fendall – Palmerston NorthSarah Ralton – ChristchurchStephaine Dryfhout – Palmerston North Jordyn Phifer – Otaki Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Britnay Rolstan – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay  

   

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New Zealand Canoe Polo under-21 team to contest European Cup final

The NZ under 21 mens canoe polo team have made it to the finals of the European Cup being held in Assen, Netherlands this weekend as they build up to the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in France at the end of the month.

The team, captained by Sam Hapeta of Palmerston North, will come up against Germany following five wins and one loss in their journey to the finals. Ironically, their only defeat in this competition was against Germany with a loss of 5-2 in their first game of the tournament.

They fared better in theirnext games winning against Sweden 10-0, Denmark 5-4, Lithuania 13-3, Poland 8-4 and a tight semi-final against Netherlands 2-1.

Hapeta is upbeat about their chances in the final saying the team are working well together.

“We were a bit rusty in our first game against Germany. We know they are going to be tough in the final but they are beatable”, Hapeta says. “The other teams are scoring from fast breaks rather than getting through our strong defence and we are definitely playing good New Zealand polo which these European teams are not used to.

New Zealand will play Germany overnight (NZ time).

As an amateur sport, each player has had to fundraise the $8000 cost of attending. Next weekend they play in the Breizh Cup in France, the following weekend at the Poppies Tournament in Belgium before arriving in Normandy, France for the World Championship from 22-29 September.

You can follow the team at https://www.facebook.com/u21juniorpaddleblacks

The team are:

Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men)Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston NorthJordan Hinton – Hawke’s Bay

James Gibb – Auckland

Jade Johnson – Christchurch

Aaron Crabb – Palmerston North

Ollie Maassen – Palmerston North

Max Whitaker-Mills – Palmerston North

Rod McDonald – Auckland

 

 

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New Zealand Canoe Polo teams head to Europe for World Championships

New Zealand Canoe Polo teams are getting ready to take on the world as they departed for Europe this week. Four teams made up of this country’s finest players will be aiming for a podium finish at the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Thury-Harcourt, France. Canoe Polo is a relatively unknown sport, mainly due to its non-inclusion in Commonwealth or Olympic Games schedules and its lack of television coverage, however, it is a growing sport worldwide with European teams enjoying tournaments most weekends. The sport is a cross between water polo, basketball and kayaking played on a 35m x 23m court with a goal suspended at each end. Teams are made up of up to eight players, with five on the court at any one time. The object of the game is to pass the ball to your players and score as many goals as possible, all the time being jostled by the other team. It all comes down to tactics and positional play. New Zealand has long been sending teams to the World Championships which are held every two years. Its women’s team is currently ranked fourth and men ranked fifth in the world. In 2012, an under-21 men’s

go and under-21 women’s team were also sent, with the latter bringing home the bronze. MB2-702 070-410 As an amateur sport, each player has had to fundraise the $8000 cost of attending. It certainly isn’t cheap particularly when a kayak and paddle doesn’t fit easily into a standard suitcase. On top of finding funds, teams have been training nationally since late last year and, in the build-up to the main event, they will pick up the pace by competing in weekend tournaments in the Netherlands, France and Belgium before arriving in Normandy, France for the World Championship from 22-28 September. If there’s one thing New Zealand do well, it’s our competitiveness in water sports. With a lot of heart and plenty of grit, these teams from our little island nation, far from even its closest competitors, have got a lot to play for. Forteamupdates during the tour visit: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/paddleferns.nz”>https://www.facebook.com/paddleferns.nz</a><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/PaddleBlacks”>https://www.facebook.com/PaddleBlacks</a><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/juniorpaddleferns”>https://www.facebook.com/juniorpaddleferns</a><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/NZU21Canoepolo”>https://www.facebook.com/NZU21Canoepolo</a> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td width=”301″><strong>NZ Paddle Ferns (Women)</strong>Tania Dugdale (captain) – Christchurch Megan Juno – Palmerston North Erin Bolton – Palmerston North Emma Hicks – Palmerston North Jordan Housiaux – Otaki Hannah Staples – Christchurch Olivia Spencer-Bower – Christchurch</td> <td width=”301″><strong>Paddle Blacks (men)</strong>James Mitchell (captain) – Palmerston North Jed Graham – Christchurch Nevan Hadley – Palmerston North Hamish Dugdale – Christchurch Matt Keong – Palmerston North Conor Sellwood – Palmerston North Luke Dustin – Palmerston North Carl Duncan – Palmerston North</td> </tr> <tr> <td width=”301″><strong>NZ under-21 women</strong>Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s Bay Britney Rolston – Auckland Stephanie Dryfhout – Palmerston North Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Sian Fendall – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay Jordan Pfeiler – Waikanae Sarah Ralton – Christchurch</td> <td width=”301″><strong>Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men)</strong>Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston North Jordan Hinton – Hawke’s Bay James Gibb – Auckland Jade Johnson – Christchurch Aaron Crabb – Palmerston North Ollie Maassen – Palmerston North Max Whitaker-Mills – Palmerston North Rod McDonald – Auckland</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> &nbsp;

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