After the cheering had died down, a ringing chant of "Gissy
boys!" rang across the State Aquatic Centre in Adelaide last
Ben Quilter and Toby Harris (Wainui) and Midway's Chris Dawson and Cory Taylor jubilantly emerged from their huddle, after breaking the world record in the under-20 4 x 50m medley relay at the Rescue 2012 world lifesaving championships. Their time of 1min 36.37sec was nearly a second faster than second-placed Spain and capped an amazing day for Dawson, who also added gold and a world record in the 100m manikin carry.
"Toby is a beach sprinter but he goes so quick under water - he made it into the team because of it so all four of us were Gissy boys and it made it really special," Dawson explained. "We did a few chants in marshaling - everyone stopped and stared at us and that got us a bit more fired up. It probably psyched a few of the others out as well - they were all looking at Toby's tattoos, wondering what these mad Kiwi boys were doing!"
It was Dawson's third gold medal, after winning the 200m obstacles race on the first day of pool competition. His grueling pool schedule saw him complete seven races yesterday, including having to re-swim his 200m super lifesaver heat after his tube broke near the end of his race.
"It wasn't that physical because I just had to make the final and the time wasn't that tough but getting my head around it was the big thing. Doing three 200m supers in one day isn't the nicest of things."
Quilter's sister Laura also won bronze in the open division, finishing behind gold medal-winning teammate Natasha Hind in the 50m manikin carry, while Hind picked up another gold - and a world record - in the 200m super lifesaver to put the open team 81 points clear of arch-rivals Australia.
Papamoa's Natalie Peat won the 200m super lifesaver in a slick time of 2.30.73, heading home teammate Carina Doyle (St Clair), with Australian Rachelle King third, putting the under-20 team just 50 points heading into the last two days at Glenelg Beach.
"We've done two 14hr days in the pool so we're all really looking forward to getting out of the chlorine," Dawson said. "I'm so excited to be hitting the beach and we're going to be hot on Aussie's tail I reckon."
Article by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Journalism
Gisborne lifeguards (from left) Cory Taylor, Chris Dawson,
Ben Quilter and Toby Haris after winning the under-20 4x50m medley
relay. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Journalism