Pool champs kicks-off national surf sports season

Monday, 14 October 2013

Surf Life Saving New Zealand kicked-off its first national Surf Sports event for the season over the weekend with the New Zealand Pool Championships.

The three-day championship showcased the swimming skills of nearly 500 lifeguards at Waterworld in Te Rapa, Hamilton.

World champion Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay) opened the competition in style on Friday grabbing two golds and a bronze.

Wainui's Ben Quilter also picked up double gold on the opening day, taking out the men's 100m manikin carry with fins and the 50m swim with fins.

Papamoa took a healthy lead in the overall club standings, ending the first day on 341.5 points, with Mt Maunganui (284), Mairangi Bay (161.5), Waikanae (111) and Red Beach (110) rounding out the top-five.

On day two, Papamoa continued their lead and their performance was highlighted in the under-19 men's division.

Ben Johnston, Michael Bryant and Jake Hales took out three of the top four placings in both the 50m manikin carry and the 100m rescue medley. Natalie Peat was similarly dominant, grabbing two golds and finishing behind club mate Helena Gasson in the 200m swim with obstacles.

New Zealand squad members Samantha Lee and Steve Kent (Titahi Bay) dominated the open division.

On the final day of competition, barely five months after a full shoulder reconstruction, Olympic swimmer Natasha Hind made an emphatic return to the water, winning the 100m manikin tow with fins.

Papamoa, meanwhile, capped a dominant carnival by taking out the Paul Kent Memorial Trophy as the top club overall.

The Bay of Plenty club finished on 924.5 points, well clear of second-placed Mount Maunganui (692) with Mairangi Bay third on 458.5.

The competition was concluded with the announcement of the four athletes who will represent Surf Life Saving New Zealand at the 2013 International German Cup next month.

The team includes Steven Kent (Titahi Bay) Chris Dawson (Midway), Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay) and Laura Quilter (Wainui). 

For more event news and full results visit the pool champs page here.

For more information please contact:

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823