North islanders dominate the TSB Bank Nationals in Christchurch

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service have managed to take the overall win at Surf Life Saving New Zealand's premier event, the 2017 TSB Bank National Surf Life Championships, held this weekend in Christchurch.

The team from the Bay of Plenty have led from the first day, even though many other teams from around New Zealand pushed hard to prevent them from taking the title for the fifth consecutive time.

Finishing in second was Mairangi Bay from Auckland, who managed to squeeze past the third placed getters during the final day. It was an emotional event for the team as they wore black bands and paid tribute to sporting great, the late Tania Dalton, who was a member of the club making their podium finish here truly special.

Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club from Gisborne managed to take third at the annual event, despite being a relatively small team, and finished only six points behind Mairangi Bay.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport manager, Mike Lord, said "Congratulations to Mt Maunganui for winning another Nationals title. They performed brilliantly all weekend and it's great to see their athletes doing so well.

"In fact, all of the athletes did extremely well this weekend. A lot of the races were really close and that's due to the talent of the lifeguards. They were also fair and supportive to each other which is always fantastic to see, in any sport," continued Mr. Lord.

Rounding out the top five was Piha Surf Life Saving Club and Orewa Surf Life Saving Club in fourth and fifth respectively.

TSB Bank National Surf Life Saving Championship event manager, Prue Younger, said she's delighted at how the four-day extravaganza went and paid tribute to all the people, sponsors and clubs for their support in making it such a great event.

"Overall it was an absolutely fantastic event. We really enjoyed being back in Christchurch and I think all of the teams did too. The hospitality from Christchurch and New Brighton locals has been second-to-none and we're really grateful for their support.

"The support for the event from surf clubs and sponsors has also made this event special. So thank you to them especially TSB Bank, Countdown, Christchurch City Council, Hirepool, Ricoh, Paper Plus and New Brighton Club for their help," continued Ms. Younger.

Both Mr. Lord and Ms. Younger also complemented the surf life saving officials and volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout the four days, and said they made such a huge contribution to the smooth yet fun running of the event.

The New Zealand High Performance Squads are also set to be announced today after selectors saw the athletes in action this weekend, with this selection the first step in the pathway to the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

 The next major event on the Surf Life Saving New Zealand sport calendar is the BP IRB Nationals, held at Waipu Cove on April 1-2.

 

Overall Points:

Club

Points

Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service

156

Mairangi Bay SLSC

96

Waikanae SLSC

87

Piha SLSC

54

Orewa SLSC

49

Lyall Bay SLSC

46

Midway SLSC

39

Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC

37

Papamoa SLSC

33

Fitzroy SLSC

28

East End SLSC

27

Omanu SLSC

24

Titahi Bay SLSC

22

Red Beach SLSC

21

Waimairi SLSC

21

Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc

16

Taylors Mistake SLSC

16

Sunset Beach LS

16

Wainui SLSC

15

South Brighton SLSC

15

New Brighton SLSC

11

Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards

11

Whangamata SLSC

10

North Beach SLSC

8

Waimarama SLSC

6

St Clair SLSC

6

St Kilda SLSC

5

Whakatane SLSC

3

Palmerston North SLSC

2

Westshore SLSC

1

Maranui 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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