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NZ Open Oceania Championships

When:

Sat 31 Jan 2015, 8:00am–4:00pm
Sun 1 Feb 2015, 8:00am–4:30pm

Where: Mangahao Dams, Mangahao Road, Shannon, Horowhenua

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Come along and enjoy the thrills and spills of a fast paced, excitement filled two day event at the National White Water Park in Managahao, New Zealand. Top international athletes, along with our very own Olympians, Mike Dawson and Luuka Jones compete for the title of the 2015 NZ Open Oceania Champion.

Grab a picnic and the family and enjoy the idyllic natural reserve set beside the riverbank.

What is Canoe Slalom?
Canoe Slalom is an exciting adrenalin fuelled sport, where paddlers negotiate their way down a 300m white water rapid. Paddlers race through a series of up to 25 gates, which are made up of red and green poles. The coloured poles determine the direction that the paddlers must past through gates. Paddlers have the challenge to race as fast as they can through the course of gates whilst battling with the challenging white water rapids of waves, stoppers and eddies to accomplish the quickest time. Paddlers are awarded time penalties of 2 seconds if they touch a gate and 50 seconds if they miss a gate altogether, which is added to their running time. The combined score of time and penalties determines the finish order.

Canoe Slalom is truly dynamic sport that sees its athletes take on some of nature’s most challenging white water. The athletes are in amongst the elements as they battle through the challenging rapids, demonstrating immense skill and physical strength in order to chance victory.