Ti­tahi Bay surf life­savers cel­e­brate a great sea­son

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Club has plenty to crow about.

The past sum­mer was one of suc­cess for the life­savers and surf­boat crews in com­pe­ti­tion, at se­nior and ju­nior lev­els.

Mar­tyn McDow­ell was the stand­out, win­ning three na­tional ti­tles in surf ski events at Ohope Beach re­cently.

He is over­seas now, rep­re­sent­ing his coun­try in kayak­ing and has also turned his hand to waka ama in the past 12 months.

He won the open men’s sin­gle ski, the open men’s dou­ble ski with Todd Grace and open mixed dou­ble ski with Erin Tay­lor at Ohope. No com­peti­tor had ever pre­vi­ously won all three surf ski ti­tles.

Ti­tahi Bay ath­letes made four fi­nals in age group swim events, and two pad­dle­board races, and recorded three top 10 beach flag fin­ishes. An­gus Her­mans­son won a bronze in the un­der-16 beach sprint.

‘‘It’s been a great year for both ju­nior and se­niors and we were the top fin­ish­ing Welling­ton club at na­tion­als out of the Welling­ton re­gion,’’ the club’s ju­nior surf co­or­di­na­tor, Peter Jones, said. ‘‘Con­sid­er­ing we had one of the small­est teams at the na­tion­als [ 33 mem­bers], it was a great re­sult.’’

Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Club fin­ished 13th over­all out of 74 clubs.

In the surf boat arena, all five Ti­tahi Bay crews made their fi­nals. The un­der- 19 women’s crew took sil­ver in the short course and bronze in the long course, and the open women won bronze in the short course.

The open men’s crew, who are New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tives, won bronze in the long- course fi­nal.

The nip­pers took two bronze medals from 15 com­peti­tors at the ju­nior surf life­sav­ing champs in Fe­bru­ary. They placed third over­all in the Cap­i­tal Coast Ju­nior Surf Sport Se­ries.

‘‘There is a good level of aware­ness out in the com­mu­nity about our ju­niors,’’ Jones said. ‘‘We’ve had good re­sults and the in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ment of skills and beach safety is up there.’’

The club kicked off a mem­o­rable sum­mer by cel­e­brat­ing its 75th ju­bilee last Labour Weekend.

Ti­tahi Bay’s se­nior life­guard, Nick Mulc­ahy, said mem­bers made eight res­cues and treated six people with first aid over sum­mer.

‘‘It’s been a busy sea­son for us,’’ he said. ‘‘Ti­tahi Bay beach is not the busiest beach, but the con­di­tions can shift, so we’ve been on our toes.’’

More than 1100 vol­un­teer hours were con­ducted by the 50 life­guards and Mulc­ahy said a fo­cus was on more com­mu­nity pro­grammes, too. A ses­sion with new mi­grants, telling them about beach con­di­tions, was one ex­am­ple.

‘‘We want to make the pub­lic more re­silient and we are try­ing to be a key fa­cil­ity for Ti­tahi Bay. We want to pro­tect our com­mu­nity in the wa­ter.

‘‘There are young people com­ing through as life­guards and we will be de­vel­op­ing their skills through the win­ter pe­riod.’’

Sat­is­fied: Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Club head life­guard Nick Mulc­ahy said it was a busy but re­ward­ing sum­mer for his team.

Na­tional reps: The Ti­tahi Bay se­nior men’s surf boat crew wore both Ti­tahi Bay and New Zealand colours over sum­mer.

Cham­pion: Ti­tahi Bay’s Mar­tyn McDow­ell was dom­i­nant in the surf last sum­mer.

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