Canoe polo...another sport NZ is on top of the world

NZ captain Jordan Housiaux scoring in the grand final.
NZ captain Jordan Housiaux scoring in the grand final.

The New Zealand women's canoe polo team beat Germany 3-2 this morning to secure gold at the canoe polo world championships in Syracuse, Italy.

The team captained by Jordan Housiaux went undefeated throughout the championships; however, in the last game of pool play drew with the defending champion German side 2-2. The Paddle Ferns went on to face 3rd ranked France in their semi final to topple them 4-2 to send the paddle ferns through to the grand final.

The last time the NZ women won a medal it was at the 2006 world championships where they secured the silver medal, losing to Germany. Of the silver medal team two players Olivia Spencer-Bower and Megan Lyons still represent NZ in the Paddle Ferns. The gold medal is the first ever gold for NZ canoe polo.

- NZ Herald

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