Big training stint helps surf lifesaver Boon

Posted by Administrator on Sunday, January 15, 2012

Maddie Boon shook off a massive training load to take out today's feature ironwoman race at the Central Regional Championships at Taranaki's Oakura Beach, which doubled as the second round of the new Sonic Surf race national series.

Just a day after flying back in from three weeks on the Gold Coast, the Mairangi Bay club member blew the field apart with a superb ski leg, heading off two-time national champion Nikki Cox and Papamoa teenager Natalie Peat.

In windy, stormy conditions at the west coast beach, 21-year-old Boon admits her preparation wasn't ideal for today's carnival and the benefits of her grueling trip to the star-studded Northcliffe club on the Gold Coast might still be some weeks away.

"I absolutely smashed myself in Aussie, to the point I picked up a head cold in the last week - we were training upwards of 5hrs a day and swimming around 30km a week," Boon explained. 

"It was really tiring but enormously beneficial, especially training alongside Nutrigrain stars like Liz Pluimers and Courtney Hancock - you just can't get any better than that. I had a few mixed results today and the ironman was definitely the best of them - I only flew back in yesterday and I guess I was still showing the effects of three really hard weeks of training."

Like Boon, Midway teenager Cory Taylor saved his best performance for the open ironman, after struggling in his board and ski races.

The 18-year-old lost the ironman final at the first round of the series in Whangamata before Christmas when he fell off a wave but he wasn't about to make the same mistake twice, outsprinting New Zealand team veteran Glenn Anderson in a thrilling finish.

"He was a wave ahead in the swim leg but I managed to catch him in transition and we stuck together through the ski and the board legs," Taylor said. 

"In the end, it came to a sprint up the beach - he just kept hanging on and wouldn't give up so I was pretty lucky to get it on the line. I knew I had to pull something out in the ironman, just so it wasn't a total wasted trip."

Lyall Bay's Tyler Maxwell was third in another impressive teenage showing, while Anderson took out the surf race, ahead of St Clair's Adam Simpson, and anchored New Plymouth Old Boys' open taplin win.

Andrew Newton won the board race and dueling with Midway's Matt Sutton, while his Mount Maunganui teammate Jamie Banhidi took out the beach sprint and flags double. Scott Bicknell (Ocean Beach Kiwi) won the ski race, ahead of Orewa's Zac Franich and Sutton.

NPOB's Ayla Dunlop-Barrett, a renowned swimmer, took out the surf race as expected but also showed her versatility by finishing third in the board race, won by Mairangi Bay triathlon star Danielle McKenzie.

Beach sprinter Arna Wright completed the flags and sprint double and also used her board skills to help Mount Maunganui take out the open women's taplin relay, with Emmanuelle Bescheron and Brooke Shergold.

In fact, the Bay of Plenty club took a clean sweep of all three women's taplins, winning the under-19 and under-16 finals as well, bolstered by a 50-strong team of athletes who made the trek south. They'll host the next round of the series, the Eastern Regionals (formerly the NRCs) at Mount Maunganui on January 28 and 29. 

The Northern and Southern Regional Championships round out the series on February 18 and 19 and athletes will need to compete at three of the five rounds to be eligible for prizes.

The top-10 ironmen and women qualifying for the decider during the Oceans 12 championships at Mount Maunganui on February 25.

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Midway's Cory Taylor on his way to victory in the ironman race at the Central Regional Championships at Taranaki's Oakura Beach.


Open Men. 

Surf Race. Glenn Anderson (NPOB) 1, Adam Simpson (St Clair) 2, Matthew Sutton (Midway) 3.

Ski Race. Scott Bicknell (Ocean Beach Kiwi) 1, Zachery Franich (Orewa) 2, Matthew Sutton (Midway) 3.

Board Race.  Andrew Newton (Mt Maunganui) 1, Matthew Sutton (Midway) 2, Jared Pouwhare (Red Beach) 3. 

Beach Sprint. James Banhidi (Mt Maunganui) 1, Campbell Begg (East End) 2, Adrien Lambolez (Mt Maunganui) 3.

Beach Flags. James Benhidi (Mt Maunganui) 1, Daniel Peacocke (Mt Maunganui) 2, Shane Edwards (Sunset Beach) 3. 

Taplin Relay.  NPOB 1, Papamoa 2, Westshore 3. 

Ironman.  Cory Taylor (Midway) 1, Glenn Anderson (NPOB) 2, Tyler Maxwell (Lyall Bay) 3. 

Long Course Canoe.  Fitzroy 1, East End 2. 

Short Course Canoe.  Fitzroy 1, East End 2.


Open Women.

Surf Race. Ayla Dunlop-Barrett (NPOB) 1, Natalie Peat (Papamoa) 2, Emmanuelle Besheron (Mt Maunganui) 3.

Ski Race. Nikki Cox (Westshore) 1, Aimee Fisher (Ocean Beach Kiwi) 2, Madison Boon (Mairangi Bay) 3.

Board Race. Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay) 1, Nikki Cox (Westshore) 2, Ayla Dunlop-Barrett (NPOB) 3.

Board Relay.  Mairangi Bay 1, East End 2, Lyall Bay 3.

Beach Sprint. Arna Wright (Mt Maunganui) 1, Jessica Lacy (Mt Maunganui) 2, Holly Janssen (Titahi Bay) 3.

Beach Flags.  Arna Wright (Mt Maunganui) 1, Kendall Elliott (Mt Maunganui) 2, Danielle Sherperd (Mt Maunganui) 3.

Taplin Relay. Mt Maunganui 1, Mairangi Bay 2, Ocean Beach Kiwi 3.

Ironman.  Madison Boon (Mairangi Bay) 1, Nikki Cox (Westshore) 2, Natalie Peat (Papamoa) 3.

Long Course Canoe.  East End 1.

Short Course Canoe.  East End 1, NPOB 2.


Under 19 Men. 

Surf Race. Jake Allen (Paekakariki) 1, Michael Bryant (Papamoa) 2, Patrick O'Shaughnessy (Westshore) 3.

Ski Race. Sam Shergold (Mt Maunganui) 1, Andrew Roy (Mt Maunganui) 2, Ryan Preston (Mt Maunganui) 3.

Board Race. Matthew Strange (Papamoa) 1, Sam Shergold (Mt Maunganui) 2, Michael Bryant (Papamoa) 3.

Beach Sprint. Jordan Hills (Papamoa) 1, Seth Forbes (Paekakariki) 2, Nick Arnold (East End) 3.

Beach Flags. Seth Forbes (Paekakariki) 1, Ryan Cullen (Paekakariki) 2, Nick Arnold (East End) 3.

Taplin Relay.  Mt Maunganui 1, Lyall Bay 2, Papamoa 3.

Ironman. Jake Allen (Paekakariki) 1, Michael Bryant (Papamoa) 2, Ben Nelson (NPOB) 3.


Under 19 Women.

Surf Race. Katie Moodie (Westshore) 1, Nikaela Gilmer (East End) 2, Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay) 3. 

Ski Race.  Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay) 1, Karina Radley (Mt Maunganui) 2, Natalie Peat (Papamoa) 3. 

Board Race. Danielle McKenzie (Mairangi Bay) 1, Natalie Peat (Papamoa) 2, Cara Ryan (Mt Maunganui) 3. 

Beach Sprint. Karina Radley (Mt Maunganui) 1, Holly Janssen (Titahi Bay) 2, Eloise Stevens (NPOB) 3.

Beach Flags. Eloise Stevens (NPOB) 1, Karina Radley (Mt Maunganui) 2, Holly Janssen (Titahi Bay) 3. 

Taplin Relay. Mt Maunganui 1, Papamoa 2, Ocean Beach Kiwi 3. 

Ironman. Nikaela Gilmer (East End) 1, Katie Moodie (Westshore) 2, Kathryn Stewart (Papamoa) 3. 

Long Course Canoe.  Paekakariki 1. 

Short Course Canoe.  Paekakariki 1, NPOB 2.


Under 16 Men. 

Ski Race. Kurtis Imrie (Paekakariki) 1, Sam Roy (Mt Maunganui) 2, Andre Lee (Mt Maunganui) 3. 

Ski Relay. Kurtis Imrie (Paekakariki) 1, Talor Owen (NPOB) 2, Jasper Murphy (Westshore) 3. 

Board Race.  Daniel Hart (Papamoa) 1, Scott Cowdrey (Papamoa) 2, Mason Bryant (Papamoa) 3. 

Beach Sprint. Lee Doyle (Otaki) 1, Liam Cole (East End) 2, Cameron Hayes (Mt Maunganui) 3.

Beach Flags. Liam Cole (East End) 1, Cameron Hayes (Mt Maunganui) 2, Lee Doyle (Otaki) 3. 

Taplin Relay.  Papamoa A 1, Papamoa B 2, Mt Maunganui 3. 

Ironman. Ben Johnston (Papamoa) 1, Daniel Edwards (Papamoa) 2, Daniel Hart (Papamoa) 3.


Under 16 Women.  

Surf Race. Karly Maxwell (Lyall Bay) 1, Katherine Wilson (Mt Maunganui) 2, Gracen Luka (Lyall Bay) 3. 

Ski Race.  Katherine Wilson (Mt Maunganui) 1, Jerusa Lambert-Fahy (Fitzroy) 2, Kawhetu Kipa (Mt Maunganui) 3. 

Board Race. Katherine Wilson (Mt Maunganui) 1, Adriana Bird (Mt Maunganui) 2, Jessica Miller (Mt Maunganui) 3. 

Beach Sprint. Jessica Geraghty (Paekakariki) 1, Jessica Lacy (Mt Maunganui) 2, Amy Barron (NPOB) 3. 

Beach Flags. Amy Barron (NPOB) 1, Jessica Lacy (Mt Maunganui) 2, Jessica Geraghty (Paekakariki) 3. 

Taplin Relay. Mt Maunganui A 1, Mt Maunganui B 2, Lyall Bay 3.. 

Diamond Lady. Katherine Wilson (Mt Maunganui) 1, Jessica Miller (Mt Maunganui) 2, Nicole Van der Kaay (Papamoa) 3.


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