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  •   Home > News > Sports > Athletics

    Kiwi World Cup canoe slalom team named

    New Zealand has selected six K1 athletes for this year's canoe slalom World Cup series, and 10 for the world championships.

    New Zealand has selected six K1 athletes for this year's canoe slalom World Cup series, including the returning Jack Dangen.

    The 19-year-old Dangen retired from the sport two years ago to start an apprenticeship, but has thrown his hat back into the ring.

    He'll represent New Zealand alongside Mike Dawson and Finn Butcher in the men's stakes, while Olympic silver-medallist Luuka Jones headlines the women's team.

    She'll be joined by Courtney Williams and Jane Nicholas.

    Dangen was the fastest qualifier at the New Zealand Open in Manawatu, then headed off Dawson, Butcher and Callum Gilbert at the Oceania titles.

    He was glad to be back in the canoe.

    "I've always enjoyed paddling but after I finished school, I realised I needed to get a career and some money behind me so I started building," Dangen said.

    "I had a good time and enjoyed life when I started my course but then I started missing kayaking when I saw other people's results."

    Another six athletes have been named in the World Cup C1 stakes, while a team of 10 have been named for the world championships.


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