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There will be no quenching your thirst with fizzy drinks at the massive event this year.
More than 1700 teams from 61 clubs will race for the prestigious national sprint titles.
Intergenerational teams are competing in the national championships.
Today marks day one of the annual National Waka Ama Championships held at Lake Karapiro.
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