Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service have taken home the coveted title of Champion of the Bays 2019.
The club’s surf lifeguards fought off 13 other surf lifesaving clubs from the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne, at Ohope Beach on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, in a series of surf lifesaving competition categories.
Events included beach sprints, flag races, board rescues, tube rescues and canoe and IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) events.
The Mt Maunganui athletes’ display of hard work and skill won them the top points, to scoop both the Champion of the Bays, and the Bay of Plenty Top Club Trophy, which was also on the table.
“The Mt Maunganui lifeguards took out the event comfortably,” said Eastern Region sport manager Mark Inglis.
“Conditions were near perfect, with a one metre swell rolling in that challenged the athletes surf skills.”
About 240 people competed in the event, which was a good primer for the upcoming Eastern Region Championships in Gisborne on January 25 to 27, and the national NZ Representative Challenge, on January 28, Inglis said.
The event was able to be held thanks to Volunteer Club officials, Water Safety Crew, and even helpers at the hosting club, Whakatane Surf Life Saving Club, he said.
“We obviously cannot run these events without them and they all did a fantastic job over the weekend.”
The next event on the Eastern Region calendar is the Eastern Region Championships held at Midway Beach from January 25-27.
Alana McIsaac, Media & Communications Manager
Phone 027 515 7157