Sunset Beach lifeguards haul major victory
‘‘"It's really great, we are feeling really good because it was touch and go for a while, with Papamoa right on our tails, so that kept us honest and working hard’’
The Sunset Beach Surf Lifesaving Club lifeguards have reigned supreme once again at the North Island annual BP Surf Rescue North Island Championships.
It was a tough battle, but the club managed to fend off Papamoa competitors to defend the title, at Taranaki’s Oakura Beach on Saturday.
63 crews across 12 clubs competed in the competition, which saw crews compete in assembly rescue, mass rescue, tube rescue, single rescue and teams race across the Under 21, senior, women’s and premier divisions.
Sunset Beach’s coach and competitor Shane Edwards said it was yet another fantastic win thanks to the depth and heart of the club.
‘‘It’s really great, we are feeling really good because it was touch and go for a while, with Papamoa right on our tails, so that kept us honest and working hard...we had two competitors in almost every age group, so we had a good spread across the competition and we worked really well together. We kept at it and we walked away with the title.’’
There are six weeks until the BP Surf Rescue New Zealand Championships. Edwards said while the club has had a hugely successful season, it was important not to become complacent.
‘‘Everyone is pretty amped up at the moment, and that’s good ahead of the championships, because it keeps people keen to train, and there’s plenty to work on. There’s still a lot of work to do, so we will be training hard over the next few weeks.’’
Event manager Todd Velvin said the Sunset Beach women’s crew of Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier and Ethan Graham were the most consistent over the day with three wins from three races.
‘‘They certainly made an impression, staking their claim as the top women’s crew to beat heading into the national champs.
‘‘Eyes were also on the experienced Edwards brothers (Sunset Beach) to try and stake their claim for the top premier crew and they managed to take out the win in the premier men’s assembly rescue ahead of East End’s Scott Nelson and Scott Busing.’’
Anton Baptist races home in open teams rescue.