Masters take on New Brighton beach at TSB Bank Surf Life Saving Nationals

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Omanu Surf Life Saving Club have taken the win in the iconic masters division by a substantial margin, held today as part of the annual TSB Bank National Surf Life Saving Championships at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch.

Their neighbours from Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service took out second place on 175 points, while a local Canterbury team from Waimairi Surf Life Saving Club took out third with 106 points.

South Brighton Surf Life Saving Club and North Beach Surf Life Saving club, both from around the Christchurch area, rounded out the top five showing local knowledge may have favoured them today.

The masters division is for surf athletes aged 30 years and over, and takes place prior to the open TSB Bank National Surf Life Saving Championships which starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday, featuring over 1,200 athletes in the process.

Interestingly, the oldest athlete competing at the TSB Bank Surf Life Saving Nationals is 92-year-old Sid Salek from the winning team; Omanu Surf Life Saving Club in Tauranga. Despite his age, Mr Salek has proven he still has what it takes to compete by finishing several grueling events including the run-swim-run event, and showing the Omanu Club has talented and skilled athletes ranging from seven years old to 92.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport manager, Mike Lord, said it was a fun and vibrant day at the beach with many of the athletes giving each other a friendly push.

"It is great to have the TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships back in the south island and to see a lot of our southern teams making the most of the opportunity. It's also great to see the camaraderie between the athletes here with a lot of friendly banter going on.

"Christchurch has also turned on the weather which has been awesome. The surf conditions were reasonably small too but it has made for a fun day today."

New Zealand's most southern-most surf life saving club, Oreti Surf Life Saving Club from Invercargill, has managed to climb to 26th after the masters competition while the northern-most club from Orewa near Auckland sits in 17th.

The action begins again tomorrow from 8.00am at the New Brighton Beach in Christchurch and spectator entry to the event is free. There are plenty of food, drink and merchandise vendors at the TSB Bank National Surf Life Saving Championships for spectators to enjoy.


Masters Points (updated with corrections on 18 March, 2017)

Omanu SLSC 237

Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service 176

Waimairi SLSC 109

South Brighton SLSC 107

North Beach SLSC 38

Taylors Mistake SLSC 38

St Clair SLSC 34

Whakatane SLSC 31

Brighton SLSC 28

Red Beach SLSC 27

Spencer Park SLSC 22

Lyall Bay SLSC 21

Waimarama SLSC 19

Waikanae SLSC 15

Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards 12

Orewa SLSC 11

Warrington SLSC 10

Fitzroy SLSC 6

Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC 6

Sumner SLSC 5

Westshore SLSC 5

Whangamata SLSC 5

Oreti SLSC 4

Rarangi SLSC 4

New Brighton SLSC 4

Palmerston North SLSC 3

Mairangi Bay SLSC 3

East End SLSC 2

Pauanui SLSC 1


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