Top result for small keen junior team
Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club had one of the smallest teams at the recent under 14 nationals but they produced one of their best ever overall results.
The Oceans 13 event, held at Mt Maunganui, was a challenge due to the big surf, Titahi Bay’s junior surf co-ordinator Peter Jones says. The eight-member Titahi Bay team packed in events over four days, competing in everything from tube rescues to beach sprints and board races.
Caitlin Clarke was a standout, taking a bronze in the under-12 run-swim-run and silver in the under-12 surf race. Jones says it is just the second and third medal at the nationals for Titahi Bay in 13 years and it placed them 18th of 40 teams.
‘‘The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a great team effort and they were all better for the experience, with Caitlin’s medals being the icing on the cake. It all comes down to the parents at the club, who fundraised to get these guys to Mt Maunganui.’’
The juniors have a new gear trailer and boards, highlighting the positive mood at the club. Funding from Mana Community Grants Foundation and support from Infinity and New Zealand Community Trust have been crucial, Jones says.
Some of the juniors are likely to feature at the Capital Coast Awards function in May.
Jones hopes that, with more than 100 registrations for the juniors, they can take a bigger team to nationals next year.
Tight knit: The eight junior life savers from the Titahi Bay club, clockwise from left, Alan McVicar, Maya Stillwell, Liam McVicar, Kaitlin Corlett, Mia Uluilelata, Alex Jones, Luisa Stillwell and Caitlin Clarke.