This memo contains information and updates regarding sport.
Congratulations to Mike Lord who has been appointed to the Sport Manager role and starts on 11 March. A lot of you will already know Mike as he has worked in Surf Life Saving for the past nine years in a variety of roles and he is currently employed as the Eastern Region Programmes and Services Manager. Mike will continue to be based in Mt Maunganui in his new role.
Nationals 2014 is fast approaching. This event is on 6-9 March in Ohope. Entries close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 26 February. We are aware there have been some issues in the past couple of days with carnival registration but these have been resolved and everything should be working now. Go to www.surflifesaving.org.nz/nationals14 to enter.
The 2014 IRB Nationals will be held at Whangamata on 21-23 March. Entries are now open but close on Monday 10 March at 5pm. Go to www.surflifesaving.org.nz/irbnats to enter.
Oceans 2014 was on last weekend at Mt Maunganui. A huge thanks to everyone who was involved, especially the helpers and event team who managed to get the whole programme completed, despite some very challenging surf conditions. There were 825 athletes from 40 clubs from all over New Zealand. Congratulations to Omanu Beach Surf Life Saving Club who took out the overall club title for the first time. Finally, thank you to the Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service for allowing us to use their clubrooms and facilities over the weekend. Go to www.surflifesaving.org.nz/results to view a full list of results.
Fifteen men and twelve women competed in the Ironman/Ironwoman Exhibition Series at Oceans 2014. There was a great mix of athletes from all over the country and even a few internationals competing in a variety of formats over the weekend. The women's event was incredibly tight with Natalie Peat and Danielle McKenzie tying for first place. Katie Wilson was extremely consistent in all races to pick up third. In the men's event Chris Moors took out the series from Andrew Newton and Great Britain rep George Haynes, who is based at Mt Maunganui for the New Zealand summer.
Congratulations to Piha, Muriwai and Waihi Beach who took out the national surf boat series titles. Piha dominated the final standings to take out the Open Men, Open Women, U23 Men and U19 Women's titles, while Muriwai took out the U23 Women and Waihi the U19 Men. Thanks to all the officials and Paekakariki, Whangamata, Piha and Waihi Beach Clubs who hosted events in the series. For a full list of series results and final standings, go to www.surflifesaving.org.nz/results.
The New Zealand Surf Boat team travelled to Stockton, NSW earlier this month to take on the Aussies in the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge. The crews raced a best-of-three series in both the men's and women's events. The series went the way of the Australian crews, 3-0 in both events. The Australians had great starts in all six races and while our crews did us proud by never giving up and pushing them to the end, they just couldn't peg back the initial gap. By all reports the team represented the New Zealand surf life saving community extremely well in Australia and they can be proud of their efforts.
I'm pleased to announce that the 2014 North Island IRBs will be held at Fitzroy Surf Life Saving Club on December 6-7 2014. Thanks to Todd and the rest of the Fitzroy team for volunteering to host this event.
The 2014/15 High Performance Application Form is now online at www.surflifesaving.org.nz/hpapplication. Anyone wanting to be considered for selection in the 2014/15 New Zealand Open or Development Squads needs to complete this form by 5pm Friday 7 March.
Aussies 2014 is being held at Scarborough Beach, Perth from 31 March - 6 April. Entries close at 5pm AEDT Thursday 27 February (7pm NZ). All entries must come via Jamie Nilsson so they will have to be with her well ahead of this deadline. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
Finally, all the best to everyone competing in Masters, Nationals and IRB Nationals in the coming weeks.
Please contact me if you have any queries or require further information.
Acting Sport Manager
Surf Life Saving New Zealand
Ph: 027 240 2715