Horowhenua shines on world stage
By Colleen Sheldon
Photo caption: Former Horowhenua College student Kate Bolton is flagbearer for the New Zealand Canoe Polo team competing in Canada this week.
Photo credit: New Zealand Paddle Pix/Colleen Sheldon
The opening of the 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Canada was an opportunity to shine for a long-time Horowhenua athlete.
Kate Bolton, 34, carried the flag across the red carpet in front of thousands of spectators on Sunday evening at the Merritt Ampitheatre in Welland, Canada.
She was a member of the NZ team which won the World Championships in Sicily in 2016 and this World Champs campaign is her third.
Bolton has also competed at two World Games and numerous Oceania Championships.
There is strong support for New Zealand with a 32-strong New Zealand team, as well as coaches, managers and about 50 family members in tow.
Coming from a well-known canoe polo family in Horowhenua, Kate is joined by sisters Julie Bolton and Erin Moore as three of eight members of the New Zealand Paddle Ferns, our senior women’s team.
Her parents Peter and Megan Bolton are heavily involved with Horowhenua Canoe Polo Club, Central Canoe Polo Association and New Zealand Canoe Polo Association, and her brother Thomas Bolton captained the NZ under-21 men’s team at a previous World Championship.
Mr Bolton snr said he was hugely proud of his daughter and to see Horowhenua represented on the world stage.
“A lot of credit goes to Horowhenua College for nurturing many canoe polo players all the way to international competition and success.
“It is a great sport and fantastic to see New Zealand punching above its weight.”
The New Zealand Paddle Ferns start their competition on Wednesday morning where livestream supporters can view at home in the early hours of Thursday morning.
New Zealand is 16 hours ahead of Canada and supporters at home can livestream games at two sites:
ICF website https://federations.canoeicf.com or
Sport Canada TV website https://sportscanada.tv.