High per­for­mance pair

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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.’’

Photo: JAMIE TROUGHTON

Na­tional champ: Marty McDow­ell won the na­tional ski race ti­tle.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Sil­ver medal: Steven, pic­tured, and Dean Kent fin­ished sec­ond in the na­tional men’s tube res­cue.

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