Cap­i­tal wins surf life sav­ing event

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Mana Kayak Rac­ing Club mem­bers and Olympians Marty McDow­ell and Kayla Im­rie helped Cap­i­tal Coast win the open di­vi­sion of the New Zealand Surf Life Sav­ing Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chal­lenge at Waimarama Beach re­cently.

With a se­ries of de­mand­ing races on land and in the wa­ter at the Hawke’s Bay beach on Jan­uary 15, the team fin­ished less than 10 points ahead of sec­ond placed get­ters Bay of Plenty.

The win­ning team man­aged to take top points in most of the team events in­clud­ing the ocean­per­son re­lay, com­pris­ing of a swim, ski and board el­e­ments, board res­cue, res­cue tube res­cue and ski re­lay.

McDow­ell, Im­rie, and Black Fins Kent and Sa­man­tha Lee also com­peted for Cap­i­tal Coast in a strong team.

Mean­while, the youth di­vi­sion - ath­letes aged 14 to 18 - was equally as close with Taranaki tak­ing the top hon­ours with a to­tal points haul of 125. Only five points be­hind and in sec­ond place was Bay of Plenty while the Gis­borne re­gion team were third.

While rain threat­ened the event, com­peti­tors en­joyed a largely dry day with only a few light show­ers and near flat surf con­di­tions. Event of­fi­cials said with the surf be­ing less than half a me­tre, it was an even play­ing field on the wa­ter so a lot of po­si­tions were made up dur­ing the run­ning sec­tions.

Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand sport man­ager Mike Lord said it was a suc­cess­ful event with ath­letes play­ing hard but fair in a num­ber of close fin­ishes.

‘‘We would also like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank all the vol­un­teers who made this event hap­pen,’’ he said.

‘‘They worked re­ally hard out there all day to put on a safe and fun event for all of our ath­letes and their sup­port­ers.’’

Many of the events mimic real life res­cues for the qual­i­fied surf life­guards, in­clud­ing the res­cue­tube res­cue which sees four com­peti­tors from each team par­tic­i­pate - a vic­tim, one res­cue tube swim­mer, and two res­cuers.

The vic­tim swims ap­prox­i­mately 120m to a des­ig­nated buoy, sig­nals, and waits to be res­cued by the res­cue tube swim­mer. As they re­turn to shore, the re­main­ing two res­cuers en­ter the wa­ter to as­sist and carry them to the fin­ish line.

PHOTO: ALANA MCISAAC

It was a busy day of surf life sav­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Waimarama Beach in Hawke’s Bay on Jan­uary 15.

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