Sport Matters from the Sport Manager

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Dear Clubs

Further request for bids from clubs to host the 2014/15 BP Surf Rescue Championship events

On November 14 the bid process to find hosts for the two nationally co-ordinated IRB events closed. The event details are:

1. BP Surf Rescue North Island Championships, December 6-7, 2014
2. BP Surf Rescue New Zealand Championships, March 28-29, 2015

Unfortunately there were no bids from clubs to host either of these events.

We definitely want these events in the 2014/15 calendar, so if any clubs are interested in hosting either event, could you please contact us as soon as possible before noon on Friday December 6, 2013. After this time we will look to make an announcement regarding these events.

A link to more information regarding the bid process, including necessary site specifications, can be found on our website here.

Change to BP Surf Rescue North Island Championships personnel

I am thrilled to announce that Haley McMahon has been contracted as Event Manager for the BP Surf Rescue North Island Championships. Haley picks up the outstanding job Ange Johnston has completed in the lead-up to this event. Haley has extensive event management experience having completed the Event Manager role for Surf Life Saving New Zealand previously, and has most recently been completing the same role for Surf Life Saving Australia. I am sure you will join me in thanking Ange and welcoming Haley back! Haley can be contacted at

In the Event Referee role, Dave Shanks has kindly agreed to take over from Johnny Clough, who is unfortunately no longer available. Johnny has been working closely with our Event Managers in organising this event, and has kindly volunteered to continue to help out in the lead up to the event to ensure a smooth transition with Dave.

Central Regional Championships

Recently the Central Region team contacted SLSNZ Clubs regarding their interest in the Central Region Championships. Due to strong support from clubs, we are delighted to confirm the Championship event will be going ahead. The event is scheduled for January 11-12 2013 at Oakura Beach, New Plymouth.
More information will follow and can be found on the SLSNZ Sport Pages, by clicking here. Please contact Central Region Programmes and Services Manager, Jacob Davies for further information: or 024 571 012.

Please contact me if there is anything I can clarify for you.

Yours sincerely

Bradley Simpson
Sport Manager
Surf Life Saving New Zealand
0275 571 014