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July 13, 2016

Olympic kayakers Mike Dawson and Luuka Jones believe Rio de Janeiro is close to being ready to host the Olympics.

The canoe slalom pair have spent nine weeks training at the purpose-built Olympic Whitewater Stadium at the Deodoro X-Park complex in the Brazilian city ove...

June 11, 2016

Luuka Jones made the ideal start to her Olympic canoe slalom campaign, storming into the semifinals at her first World Cup event of the season on Friday (Saturday NZ time).

The Tauranga K1 paddler, who will compete at her third Olympic Games in Rio, skipped last week's...

May 12, 2016


New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey is promising to act on the lack of female representation on the organisation's board.

In its 124 year existence, there's never been a woman on the New Zealand Rugby board - an issue that's becoming an increasing source of embarr...

May 5, 2016



Three athletes - Paralympic swimmer Rebecca Dubber, slalom canoeist Luuka Jones and Taekwondo fighter Andrea Kilday - will soon represent New Zealand at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics. This is their story of sacrifice, hard work and dedication. 



April 15, 2016


Luuka Jones is off to her third Olympics as part of a two-strong canoe slalom team for the Rio Games.

She will be joined by Mike Dawson, who will make his second appearance at an Olympics.

Jones finished 21st in Beijing in 2008 and improved to 14th in London four years...

April 15, 2016


Luuka Jones and Mike Dawson will again be New Zealand's canoe slalom reps at the Olympics, having been confirmed in the team for the Rio Games.

It will be the third Olympics for Jones, who was the first New Zealand woman to compete in canoe slalom when she attended the...

April 15, 2016


One more fall out of a boat and Mike Dawson's dream of competing at the Olympics would have ended very early.

Dawson and Luuka Jones were named as New Zealand's two competitors in the canoe slalom at the Rio Games on Friday, both competing in the K1 class.

It will be Da...

April 14, 2016

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 15: Canoe Slalom paddler Luuka Jones tests the waters before the New Zealand Olympic Canoe Slalom Team Selection announcement at the Vector Wero Whitewater Park on April 15, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images...

September 17, 2015

New Zealand kayaker Luuka Jones gave her Olympics hopes a boost by qualifying for the semifinals of the canoe slalom world championships in London.

Jones had the 19th-fastest time in the 67-boat field on Thursday (NZ time), putting her straight through to the weekend's...

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