Some top performances at the 2015 Australian Pool Rescue Championships over the weekend saw the Kiwi athletes standing out amongst some strong international competition.
The annual event was held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from August 7-9 and saw a team of Kiwi clubbies take part; 24 of them in the 2015/16 High Performance squads.
The highlights of the weekend's performances included Papamoa's Jake Hales picking up gold in the Under 19 Men's 50m Swim with Fins, setting a new Autralian record in the process with a time of 17.51.
Midway's Chris Dawson won three gold medals; in the Open Men's 200m Super Lifesaver, Open Men's 50m Manikin Carry and the Open Men's 100m Manikin Carry.
He also picked up a bronze in the Open Men's 100m Manikin Tow behind Titahi Bay's Steve Kent who took out silver in a time of 55:66. Kent also claimed a gold in the Open Men's 200m Obstacles in a time of 1:58:12 followed by St Clair's Andy McMillan in a close second with a time of 2:01:24.
In the Open Women's 200m Obstacles, Lyall Bay's Samantha Lee claimed gold in a time of 2:09:62 with Wainui's Laura Quilter in second with a time of 2:10:00.
It was then Quilter's turn to take gold in the Open Women's 50m Manikin Carry with a time of 34.76, almost beating her own New Zealand record that stands at 34.74. The world record stands at 34.30. Lee was close behind her in third. Quilter also took another gold in the Open Women's 100m Rescue Medley in a time of 1:12:67.
The remaining golds came from Papamoa's Natalie Peat in the Open Women's 100m Manikin Carry and the Open Women's 100m Manikin Tow with a time of 1.01.97, coming very close to Quilter's New Zealand record of 1.01.95.
St Clair's Carina Doyle took out the Open Women's 200m Super Lifesaver, slightly ahead of Peat in second, while McMillan took out the Open Men's 100m Rescue Medley just ahead of Kent in second.
The Kiwis also claimed another two gold in the team events; one in the Open Men's 4x50m Obstacles and one in the Open Women's 4x50m Obstacles.
A number of Kiwi athletes also claimed further titles racing with their Australian clubs, some (including Madi Kidd and Natalie Peat) even setting new Australian records in the process.
New Zealand team coach Jason Pocock says he's really happy with the trip which allowed him to see the development of some of the newer members of the squad. "The established athletes went about their business and put professional results on the board and led the youngsters well. It's a great development tool for the sport," he says.
New Zealand team manager Mark Weatherall agrees and says it's now time to turn the focus and attention back on the beach in the lead up to the International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) being held in Maroochydore next month.
Eleven of the athletes that competed at the Australian pool champs will be heading over the ISRC. New Zealand is sending two teams to compete; the Black Fins and the NZ Youth team.
Both teams will depart New Zealand on Saturday August 29 for a few days in camp before the first of three tests beginning on September 3.
Overall results of the competition saw Surf Life Saving Queensland taking out first place ahead of Surf Life Saving New South Wales in second and Surf Life Saving Western Australia in third. The Currumbin Beach Vikings took out the overall club points score ahead of Maroochydore.
For more information and full results from the Australian National Pool Rescue Championships, please visit http://sls.com.au/poolrescue
U19 50m Swim with Fins- Men: Jake Hales, 1st (Australian
U19 200m Obstacles - Men: Jake Hales 4th
U19 200m Obstacles - Women: Kelsi Boocock 2nd, Jess Miller 4th
U19 100m Manikin Tow - Men: Andrew Trembath 2nd, Jake Hales 3rd, Ben Johnston 4th
U19 100m Manikin Tow - Women: Madi Kidd 3rd
U19 50m Manikin Carry - Men: Ben Johnston, 3rd
U19 100m Manikin Carry - Men: Andrew Trembath 2nd, Jake Hales 3rd
U19 100m Rescue Medley - Men: Ben Johnston 2nd
U19 50m Swim with Fins- Madi Kidd, 3rd
Open 200m Obstacles - Men: Steve Kent, 1st, Andy McMillan 2nd, Andrew Trembath 4th
Open 200m Obstacles - Women: Sam Lee 1st, Laura Quilter 2nd
Open 100m Manikin Tow Men: Steve Kent 2nd, Chris Dawson 3rd
Open 100m Manikin Tow Women: Natalie Peat 1st, Lara Quilter 3rd
Open 200m Super Lifesaver - Men: Chris Dawson 1st, Steve Kent 2nd
Open 200m Super Lifesaver - Women: Carina Doyle 1st, Natalie Peat 2nd
Open 50m Manikin Carry - Men: Chris Dawson 1st, Andrew Trembath 2nd, Steve Kent 3rd
Open 50m Manikin Carry - Women: Laura Quilter 1st, Sam Lee 3rd, Carina Doyle 4th
Open 100m Manikin Carry - Men: Chris Dawson 1st, Steve Kent 2nd
Open 100m Manikin Carry - Women: Natalie Peat 1st, Sam Lee 3rd
Open 100m Rescue Medley - Men: Andy McMillan 1st, Steve Kent 2nd
Open 100m Rescue Medley - Women: Laura Quilter 1st
Open Men 4 x 50m Obstacles, NZA 1st, NZB 2nd
Open Women's 4 x 50m Obstacles, NZ A
Open 4 x 25 Manikin Carry - Men: NZA 3rd, NZB 4th
Open 4 x 25 Manikin Carry - Women: NZA 2nd
Open 4 x 50 Medley Relay - Men: NZB 2nd, NZA 3rd
Open 4 x 50 Medley Relay - Women: NZA 2nd
New Zealand participating athletes:
• Max Beattie, Omanu
• Chris Dawson, Midway
• Ben Johnston, Papamoa
• Steve Kent, Titahi Bay
• Andy McMillan, St Clair
• Matthew Scott, Midway
• Adam Simpson, Mount Maunganui
• Cory Taylor, Midway
• Andrew Trembath, St Clair
• Carina Doyle, St Clair
• Devon Halligan, Midway
• Samantha Lee, Lyall Bay
• Natalie Peat, Papamoa
• Laura Quilter, Wainui
• Daniel Barron, Mount Maunganui
• Hamish Miller, Mount Maunganui
• Maia Bryant, Papamoa
• Madison Kidd, Papamoa
• Jake Hales, Papamoa
• Kelsi Boocock, Red Beach
• Brittany Tucker, Sumner
• Seb Johnson, Sumner
• Jess Miller, Mount Maunganui
• Baydon Botha, Mairangi Bay
• Harrison Tucker, Sumner
• Kirsty Wannan, Piha
• Marina Macartney, Mairangi Bay
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