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Hatton to appeal over Olympic omission

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/04/2016
A file photo of Teneale Hatton © AP A file photo of Teneale Hatton

Canoe sprint racer Teneale Hatton is to appeal against her omission from the New Zealand team for the Rio Olympics.

Hatton's name was missing when the six-strong team, headed by Olympic K1 200m champion Lisa Carrington, was named on Thursday.

She says she has had quite a few messages from people over the team selection.

"As you can imagine, I am disappointed in the decision and believe that I can make a positive contribution to the team," she wrote on her Facebook page.

"Therefore, I have notified Canoe Racing New Zealand that I will be appealing this decision."

Hatton, 26, competed in the K1 500m at the London Olympics and won gold in the K1 1000m at the 2014 world championships.

A top surf ski paddler, she also produced an upset win over Carrington in the K1 500m at the Blue Lakes event in Rotorua last December.

However, Carrington turned the tables in the same event at the national championships at Lake Karapiro in February.

Apart from Carrington, who will be chasing the K1 200m and 500m double, the squad for Rio includes five paddlers making their Olympic debuts.

They are a women's K4 500m crew of Jaimee Lovett, Caitlin Ryan, Aimee Fisher and Kayla Imrie, and K1 1000m competitor Marty McDowell.

Canoe Racing New Zealand chief executive Mark Weatherall had yet to receive confirmation of Hatton's appeal but, given the Facebook post, expected to see something this week.

He told NZ Newswire there were five women's seats qualified for Rio.

Weatherall says it is unclear whether Hatton will appeal her non-selection for the single boat or for a place in the four-woman crew.

"We held some initial discussions with Teneale around selection but it was pretty broad," he said.

"It wasn't specific around what boat she wanted to compete in so we're unclear about the nature of any appeal."

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