High performance pair
RESULTS INVOLVING TITAHI BAY: Titahi Bay’s Steven Kent and Marty McDowell have made the 26- strong men’s national surf lifesaving high performance squad for 2015-16 after a successful national championship in Gisborne.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand will be sending two teams to the lifesaving world championships (rescue 2016) in the Netherlands – a New Zealand open and New Zealand youth team.
Titahi Bay won a hatful of medals in Gisborne, including the coveted men’s long- course surf boat crown, ending Piha’s four- year domination in the event.
‘‘It means so much,’’ Titahi Bay club member Chris Middleton said.
‘‘It’s been too long between titles for Titahi Bay.
‘‘It’s unreal and an incredible feeling, especially to beat Piha in a close race like that.
‘‘They’ve had an amazing streak and even though we’re fierce rivals, we seem to bring the best out in each other.’’
National champ: Marty McDowell won the national ski race title.
Silver medal: Steven, pictured, and Dean Kent finished second in the national men’s tube rescue.