Weather fails to dampen athlete mindset at TSB Surf Lifesaving Championships

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Saturday, March 17, 2018

The 83-strong Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service team have extended their lead at Surf Life Saving New Zealand's (SLSNZ) pinnacle event of the year, the TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships taking place this weekend in Gisborne.

Worsening weather conditions made racing trickier than usual today but it was no barrier for the dominant team Bay of Plenty team who pushed their lead out to 75 points.

Local team Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club has kept pushing hard and continue to hold second place, but now sit only two points behind the leading team heading into the final day tomorrow.

Rounding out the podium in third is Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club who end the day on 37 points.

Interestingly, clubs from each of the four SLSNZ regions throughout New Zealand are represented in the top 10, again showing how talented surf lifeguards are right around the country.

In an rare twist, a father and daughter duo managed to win the mixed double ski race, a feat not often seen in any sport or surf lifesaving. Todd and Phoebe Grace from Titahi Bay took first place in the challenging race and were clearly overjoyed with the win where they celebrated with more family on the beach.

TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships event manager Scott Bicknell said today has been "completely different" to yesterday but still "very rewarding and enjoyable"

"Today has been the complete opposite from yesterday in terms of the weather but we've had no complaints. The athletes are all enjoying the racing despite the wind, rain and big swell today so from our point of view, it has been another hugely successful day.

"Tomorrow will be a big day for the athletes with a busy schedule and a lot of key final events. There are a lot of points to be won, plus tomorrow could make all the difference for a lot of clubs in terms of their overall result so it will certainly be an exciting day of racing."

Tomorrow marks the last day of the TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships which starts at 8.00am and continues until approximately 3.00pm.

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You can view results from today and throughout the weekend at this link: http://liveresults.co.nz/sls or follow this event page on Facebook for more photos, videos and updates.

 

Points after Saturday 

 

Club

Points

Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service

75

Waikanae SLSC

73

Mairangi Bay SLSC

37

Omanu SLSC

25

Piha SLSC

24.5

Fitzroy SLSC

24

Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC

24

Papamoa SLSC

24

Lyall Bay SLSC

23

Waimairi SLSC

22

Midway SLSC

20.5

Red Beach SLSC

13

East End SLSC

12

Taylors Mistake SLSC

10

Whakatane SLSC

9

Wainui SLSC

8

Titahi Bay SLSC

7

Orewa SLSC

7

Westshore SLSC

3

St Clair SLSC

3

Opotiki SLSC

3

Whangamata SLSC

2

Maranui SLSC

1

South Brighton SLSC

1

Waimarama SLSC

1

Sumner SLSC

1

 

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For more information, please contact:

Alana McIsaac
Phone: 027 515 7157
Email: media@surflifesaving.org.nz

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