Inspired Series – Pineapple Lumps Road To World Sprints Tahiti

A little about the Pineapple Lumps – Hei Matau J16s Boys

I had to have a chat with their manager about the boys and their view on life and paddling, as they are hard at the mahi.
We would like to sincerely give thanks to everyone that is behind this awesome sport of ours, and for the support!  Here is a collection of korero from all of the boys which was gathered along our journey so far….

Why Pineapple Lumps?
It was about the club colours – Hei Matau Paddlers have a nice yellow as the main club colour…….so, bright yellow and um dark brown young men = Pineapple Lumps in reverse 😀


The photo from back standing left are: Whareporera Hare-Herbert Maunganui Hawe Te Aho Paenga Nelson Ulale Ihaka Taka-Brown Tahuaroa (Tama) White Sitting front left: Mokonuiarangi Edmonds Taihakoa Teepa Autahi Leonard


What drives you to do your best?
• Making our whanau, coach and club proud, being good tuakana to the up and comers
• Making my Mum proud
• Being on the water makes me chill
• It’s helped me learn to commit to something and see it through no matter how hard it gets
• For the brothers
• Mahia e tona ringa, tino kai, tino makona – satisfaction comes from doing the mahi with your own sweat
Who are your guys paddle idols?
• Ray Timihou (Uncle/Coach)
• Aunty Yvonne Rogers
• Uncle Jordan Edmonds
• Tupu King and Kevin Jerusalemy
• Nona Taute Hohepa
• Paul Roozendaal, Manaaki Te Kowhai and Tyrin Thomas
• Bradley Anderson
• Kimi Taliuli

What are your top tips for paddling?
• Find the fun bumps!
• Do the techniques good. Basics
• Don’t fly the ama in a 6-man 😀
• Mo te hemo tonu atu! Leave it all out there!

Whakatauki – What are your favourite mantras?
• “Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe”
• Mahi Mahi Mahi
• Be a hard worker because you’ll achieve your goals
• Me raupā ō ringa kia ao mai ō wawata- ‘With hard work and dedication, you will reach your goals’
• Ko te mea tuatahi ka tika, ka tika ko te mea tuatahi… First we’ll be our best, then we’ll be first..

See you in Tahiti! Thanks Hiria


A big mihi to Maria Ngawati for hustling the boys to get this and to the boys themselves for sharing.   Its been awesome watching their journey and all the mahi they are putting in on and off the water from training to fundraising.  Wishing you all the best in Tahiti, but know that we are all proud because of what you have contributed and how you have all grown through this campaign.

If you would like to stay up to date with their progress go and check out their facebook page.

As always sharing is caring whanau so pass this on to anyone else you think needs a little inspiration.


Hiria xx

#beyourbest #roadtotahitiworldsprints #hardwork


P.S.  Want your team to feature in the series? Drop me an email and share your story and a pic


The toughest paddlers are the ones who carry on…..


Feeling ripped off because the early mornings,   the endless hours, sweat, tears, all seem like a waste of time when you don’t perform on the day?

Then there are the disagreements with friends and family.  When you get a setback or don’t do well they say, “you were training too hard anyway, maybe you should take a break”.

Don’t let their disappointment and fear bring you down.  Yes, they mean well, but seriously,  it’s a projection of their stuff and not being able to handle it, not yours.

The toughest paddlers are the ones who carry oneven when it seems like everything is against them.  Because they understand the importance of failure and its potential to help you up level.  Mentally tough paddlers are those who build resilience.

And that’s exactly where my strengths lie, in helping you to build your resilience, manage  overwhelm, anxiety and fear to make them work for you not against you.Its about learning to work with those emotions, not shutting them off.

A really quick way to start turning around how you respond to setbacks is to check your language.

What words do you say to yourself when you haven’t met your own expectations?  If its negative, then reframe it to build yourself back up.

I have a really great debrief tool to help put things in perspective after a race if it doesn’t go as planned and to help improve for next time.  Drop me an email if you would like a copy free.  YES, please send me a free debrief tool.

If you need an extra helping hand here are two ways you can work with me;

  1. learn online with a virtual training course – Learn more
  2. explore coaching, mentorship, and paddle community support – Tell me more!

Remember, feel the emotion, and then decide what you can do next to improve.

Thanks for reading my little blog, its been random lately but I am making it a priority to get back into it.  Its one of those key learnings for me trying to balance my passion as a coach and training myself!

Hiria xx


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