FROM THE EDI­TOR

Rodney Times - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - - Rhon­wyn

Our quiet sea­side town of Orewa will be buzzing from to­day as more than 800 ju­nior Surf Life Sav­ing New Zealand ath­letes de­scend on Orewa Beach from March 1 to 4 to com­pete for top hon­ours at the Un­der 14 New Zealand Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Oceans 18 is one of the big­gest events in the SLSNZ sport cal­en­dar and en­cour­ages young surf life­guard trainees to take part and be­come more skilled as they grow to­wards be­com­ing qual­i­fied life­guards.

Clubs from as far south as St Clair and Brighton in Dunedin are mak­ing the trip north to Orewa, with more than 60 other ath­letes from the South Is­land join­ing them. Mean­while, four ath­letes from Ruakaka Surf Life Sav­ing Club are mak­ing the trip south, mean­ing the clubs rep­re­sented al­most run the length of the en­tire coun­try.

There will be a strong show­ing by our lo­cal clubs, who have per­formed well in re­cent events (See P8). Come down and sup­port the ju­niors, I’ll see you there.

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