Midway is set to host a big weekend of surf lifesaving as nearly
300 athletes compete in the combined Gisborne and Bay of Plenty
The Eastland Port 2018 Champion of the Bays will be held across
Saturday and Sunday, drawing upon the best of the best from the
local Surf Life Saving Clubs, testing athletes' speed and
Offering almost all of the events to be contested at the TSB New
Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships at Midway in March, the
event provides athletes a great opportunity to test out their
skills and the location.
Athletes in the Under 16, Under 19, Open and Masters divisions
will take on events such as Beach Sprints, Beach Flags, Board and
Ski Races and Ironman on Saturday while the Twilight Session will
see Under 19 and Open long and short course canoe races and Under
19, Under 20, Under 22 and Open IRB events.
Sunday will be back to the beach for events including Tube
Rescue, Board Rescue, Beach Flags, Double and Mixed Double Ski and
relays including Taplin, Board and Ski.
Combined points will be collected across the weekend with the
Gisborne clubs competing for the coveted Ralph Morse Shield and the
Bay of Plenty clubs competing for the BOP Top Club Trophy.
The largest number of participants come from Mt Maunganui
Lifeguard Service with 68 athletes followed by Waikanae with 62 and
Midway with 33. Papamoa is close behind with 32 athletes while
Gisborne locals Wainui will have 28.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Gisborne Club Support Manager Renee
Wikaire says the event isn't restricted to Gisborne and Bay of
Plenty clubs with athletes traveling from as far as Lyall Bay and
Paekakariki in the Wellington region along with Coromandel clubs
Whangamata and Whiritoa and Auckland's Red Beach.
"It's the first time we've held this event and we're really
excited to bring a massive weekend of racing to Gisborne and
showcase our lifeguards' talents and skills, she says.
"We're very grateful to Eastland Port for their support of this
event and their commitment to safety is obviously a great fit for
Located right in the heart of Gisborne city, Eastland Port is
one of New Zealand's largest log exporter and the most easterly
commercial shipping port in New Zealand.
To find out more about the event, click here.
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Manager
Phone 0276 488 823
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Renee Wikaire, Gisborne Club Support Manager
Phone 027 963 9189