TENEALE HATTON (New Zealand) - Nominee for the 2015 'Sportswoman of the Year' award.
- Born: 1990, sport(s): canoe sprint, canoe marathon, ocean ski, surf lifesaving, Represents: New Zealand
- 2015: Ocean Ski World Champion, Tahiti
- 2014: World Champion and World Record K1W 1000m (Moscow)
- 2013: 1st U23 Ocean Ski World Championships, 1st U23 Canoe Marathon World Championships, World Champion K1W 5000m (Duisburg)
Teneale Hatton is currently one of the world's best ‘water women’ who seems to strike gold no matter what type of boat she is in. With six world titles already under her belt in numerous disciplines, plus a world record, the 25-year-old Olympian from New Zealand is more focussed than ever.
Starting out in surf lifesaving and surfski paddling, which is great for balance and developing paddling awareness, Teneale branched out into other paddling disciplines including sprint canoeing, marathon and ocean ski paddling.
At the recent World Ocean Racing Championships in Tahiti she added another world championship title to her resume when she dominated the women’s division, 31 seconds ahead of Michele Eray of USA. She also had wins at the US Surfski Championships, North American Downwind Championships and the Canadian Surfski Championships this season.
In 2014 Teneale cemented her name in sprint canoeing history when she won the K1 1000m at the World Championships in Moscow in a world record time of 3:49.423s. A time that smashed the previous record of 3:52.461s set by England’s Rachel Cawthorn. At the same championships she won the K1 5000m, leading from start to finish.
In 2012 Teneale represented New Zealand at the London Olympics where she raced in the K1 500m, placing 15th overall.
Teneale’s work ethic and dedication to her paddling is phenomenal; she ensures each and every session counts and credits her success to hard work. She does however admit that hard work is not hard work at all when you enjoy it as much as she does.
In between travelling around the world for several ocean ski, kayaking and surf lifesaving training camps and races she is also studying and working. She is currently finishing off both a degree in Law and Commerce and a Bachelor of Paramedicine and works as a volunteer for St John Ambulance and Surf Lifesaving New Zealand part-time. And if that's not enough Teneale is also coaching the Omaha Surf lifesaving club competition squad.
Other activities and achievements:
- Nickname: 'T' or 'T-Rex'
- Inspiration: The drive to succeed on the world stage and to represent my country
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