Dunstan canoe polo teams come up trumps

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Dunstan High School’s canoe polo community was in celebration mode this month after two teams took top honours at the recent South Island Secondary School Canoe Polo Championships.

Dunstan’s senior A team won the U19 grade, and its junior A team won the U15 grade.

Alexandra canoe polo manager John Williamson said the U15 team was in a “class of its own” with its kayak and ball skills and won the grade comprehensively, maintaining a Dunstan win in that grade for the past four years.

Competition in the U19 open level was “much tougher”, Dunstan winning the grade for the second time in five years.

“They won against very strong competition, because of superior boat skills, ability to paddle hard, ball skills, team play and attitude.”

The Dunstan U15 B team made the semifinals but just missed out on a bronze medal, which was “a great result because they had just started playing canoe polo last year”, Mr Williamson said.

Members of Dunstan High School’s Junior A canoe polo team (from left) Tisse Risteyn (15), Sam Chapman (14), Xavier Liddell (13), Liam King (15), Ethan Knights (15) and coach Luke Henderson celebrate winning their grade at the recent South Island Secondary School Canoe Polo Championships.
PHOTO: IAN KNIGHTS