Athletes shine in cold conditions at TSB Bank Surf Life Saving Championships

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hundreds of superstar lifeguard-athletes have displayed their talent during the second day of the TSB Bank National Surf Life Saving Championship as the competition to take the overall title heats up at New Brighton in Christchurch in less-than-ideal conditions.

The athletes proved why they are the best lifeguards in the country today by pushing through some cooler south island weather which dipped as low as 13 degrees, as well as pushing each other to the limit to secure every point possible for their club.

In fact, Liam Chesney from Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club managed to win both the under-16 and under-19 two kilometer beach run event, while taking third in the open class against more experienced athletes.

TSB Bank National Surf Life Saving Championships event manager Prue Younger said "this is an incredible achievement. To run three two-kilometer beach races within the space of an hour on soft sand, and get a medal in every single one of them, is just fantastic. A huge congratulations to Liam [Chesney] for his amazing effort and result."

However, it's still the Bay of Plenty based Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service who continue to lead the event with 93 points heading into the final day tomorrow. Although Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club of Gisborne could still be a threat as they finish the day in second after a strong performance including a win in the under-19 women's board rescue [one swimmer, one board paddler].

Rounding out the podium in third is Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club from Auckland who are sitting on 42 points, just head of Hawkes Bay team Ocean Beach Kiwi who are in fourth place on 37 points.

The top placed southern team is Waimairi Surf Life Saving Club who are currently in eighth place but with another day of potentially chilly and windy weather forecast tomorrow, the southern teams could have a quiet advantage of their northern rivals.

Although Ms. Younger said while the weather was cooler than yesterday, it didn't affect the event too much.

"The weather wasn't the big challenge we expected today although it did get cold enough to warrant athletes the option of wearing wet suits," said Ms. Younger, "but aside from the cold, it was a pretty good day and the weather certainly didn't put a dampener on things here."

The final day of the TSB Bank National Surf Life Saving Championships begin tomorrow at 8.00am, starting with a special Lifesaver Relay Exhibition Race. While the exhibition race is not a point-scoring race, athletes will compete for club pride across five surf life saving sport disciplines.

The Lifesaver Relay Exhibition Race consists of a short course boat race, 120 metre ocean swim, a short beach sprint, along with a board and ski component.

 

Points after Day 2:

Association

Points

Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service

93

Waikanae SLSC

73

Mairangi Bay SLSC

42

Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC

37

Piha SLSC

27

Papamoa SLSC

25

Lyall Bay SLSC

24

Waimairi SLSC

21

Orewa SLSC

17

East End SLSC

16

Fitzroy SLSC

16

Midway SLSC

15

South Brighton SLSC

13

Omanu SLSC

13

Wainui SLSC

10

Red Beach SLSC

10

Taylors Mistake SLSC

9

Waimarama SLSC

6

St Kilda SLSC

5

Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards

3

Palmerston North SLSC

2

New Brighton SLSC

2

Whakatane SLSC

1

Westshore SLSC

1

St Clair SLSC

1

North Beach SLSC

1

 

 

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Manager, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823
Email lisa.smith@surflifesaving.org.nz

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