Record breaking trend continues at New Zealand Pool Rescue Championships while Orewa wins title

Posted by Alana McIsaac on Sunday, October 14, 2018

An impressive total of 29 pool records have been broken at the annual Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) Pool Rescue Championships, held this weekend in Auckland.

The records were broken across the junior, senior and masters divisions over the three-days of competition, showing how committed and fit the competitors are at all levels of the sport.

However, the winning club was Orewa Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) who dominated the event and took the top spot with a total of 265 points across both the Paul Kent Trophy and Masters category. The club also broke a notable nine records across a variety of events.

Orewa SLSC coach, Zac Franich, said: “We’re blown away with how our athletes performed this weekend. It sounds cliché, but it really was a team effort, spearheaded by some incredible performances from our juniors.

“We had points across all age groups which is a credit to our development and puts us in a really good space moving forward,” he added.

Finishing the event in second after a close battle was Piha SLSC who ended the three-day carnival on 119 points, only nine points ahead of their closest rivals in third.

Rounding out the podium in third was Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service with 110 points.  

The New Zealand Black Fins team also joined in on the fun at the event, and showed their fellow competitors what is involved with a Simulated Emergency Response Competition (SERC) event. SERC tests the initiative, judgment, knowledge, and abilities of lifesavers who apply lifesaving skills in a simulated emergency situation unknown to them prior to the start.

The SERC event will be a part of their campaign at the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) in Adelaide next month where they’ll aim to bring home their fourth straight World Championship title.

The Black Fins were also responsible for four of the 29 broken records this weekend, showing how their preparation is going ahead of the LWC with Steven Kent breaking two records, and Carina Doyle and Madison Kidd breaking one each.

Event Manager, Ross Merrett said the event had been a great success, highlighted by the positive vibe and record-breaking trend of the competitors.

“The buzz around the event has just been fantastic this year, and that may have been buoyed by the sheer number of records that were broken over the weekend. It was no easy feat so congratulations to all the athletes who broke a record, and in fact, all those that set personal-bests too because there was also a lot of those.

“It has also been great to see the current Black Fins team breaking records today too. It really shows that their training ahead of the [Lifesaving] World Championships is going to plan which we hope bodes well for their world title bid. We were honoured to have them here and can’t wait to see them in action in Adelaide,” he added.

The next major sport event on the SLSNZ calendar is the New Zealand Representative Challenge on the 28 January at Midway Beach in Gisborne.

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Overall Points

Paul Kent Trophy Points

Masters Trophy Points


Total Points


Total Points

Masters Club

Masters Points

Orewa 265 Orewa 142 Orewa 123
Piha 119 Piha 119 Fitzroy 28
Mt Maunganui 110 Mt Maunganui 110 Mairangi Bay 17
Mairangi Bay 89.5 Mairangi Bay 72.5 Omaha Beach 15
Papamoa 65 Omanu 64 Waihi Beach 14
Omanu 64 Papamoa 56 New brighton 11
Fitzroy 59 Lyall Bay 47 Papamoa 9
Lyall Bay 50 East End 40 Waikuku Beach 6
East End 40 Whakatane 35 Lyall Bay 3
Whakatane 35 St Clair 34 Wainui 3
St Clair 34 Fitzroy 31 Sumner 2
SLSNSW 29 Sumner 25    
Sumner 27 Midway 21    
Omaha Beach 24 Muriwai 20    
Midway 21 Titahi Bay 18.5    
Muriwai 20 Red Beach 11    
Titahi Bay 18.5 Waimairi 11    
Waihi Beach 14 Omaha Beach 9    
New brighton 11 Maranui 5    
Red Beach 11 Whangamata 5    
Waimairi 11 Wainui 3    
Waikuku Beach 6 South Brighton 2    
Wainui 6 Taylors Mistake 2    
Maranui 5 Waikanae 1    
Whangamata 5        
South Brighton 2        
Taylors Mistake 2        
Waikanae 1        


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