The New Zealand surf lifesaving community will pay tribute to the victims of the Christchurch terror attacks on Friday morning.
Nearly 2000 competitors, officials and supporters will line the water's edge at the TSB-sponsored national championships for a two-minute silence from 7.45am, showing their solidarity with the New Zealand Muslim community and others affected by the mass shooting. SLSNZ president Brian Velvin will also make a short speech, then a flotilla of IRBs will perform an in-shore 'fly-by'.
A dozen clubs and nearly 200 athletes are coming up from the South Island for the championships, including six clubs from the Christchurch area. A number of club members were involved in the attack, either through Police duties or as emergency responders.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the two-minute silence today, with Friday marking a week since the shootings at two Christchurch mosques.
Chris Emmett, TSB Nationals Event Manager
Phone 027 457 1023