Athletes show their class at the National Championships

17th March 2013

Red Beach scoops up 28 medals at Mt Maunganui to emerge as the top club in the Northern region; Kelsi Boocock bags seven medals

Red Beach’s surf athletes ran, swam, paddled and rowed their way to a total of 28 medals at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships.
Competing at Mt Maunganui, they collected 9 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals over three days of intense competition. The medal haul was nine more than the previous year.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in third place on overall points.  A total of 45 clubs – represented by nearly 1,700 competitors – took part in the event.

Caitlin Ryan played it to perfection in the final of the open women’s ski race. Despite the 2.5m surf, she had an incident-free run to the buoys, using every bit of paddling nous to take an early lead. With a field of top paddlers in hot pursuit she made the turn at the buoys but purposely pulled back from a large wave which would have demolished her chances. The wily paddler then caught a dream wave back to the finish flags to win by a comfortable margin. Olympic kayaker Lisa Carrington paddled into second place. It was Caitlin’s second consecutive win in the event, having picked up the title at Gisborne last year.

Pic: Back-to-back wins for the U16 men's beach relay team, from left: Jordan Downey, Jake Hurley, Mitchell Grant, Campbell Busby.

The U16 men’s beach relay team also had back-to-back wins when they out-paced the other finalists to claim their second title. The team of Campbell Busby, Jordan Downey, Mitchell Grant and Jake Hurley unsettled the club’s supporters when they dropped the baton in the heats, however, they made amends by running a slick final.

Chris Moors and AJ Maney teamed up to win the open men’s tube rescue when Saturday’s events were moved to Shark Alley for the more subdued surf. The duo went on to claim bronze in the open men’s board rescue. Chris Moors paddled home second in the open board final.

Pic: The crew of Blakey's Angels competing at Whangamata in January this year where they won the U21 women's short course event. From left:  Christa Hanson, Georgia Cox, Hannah Everitt, Liz McGlashan, Craig Dillon.

The U21 women’s surf boat crew, in just their first season together, were impressive in winning gold and silver medals. The crew of Georgia Cox, Hannah Everitt, Christa Hanson, Liz McGlashan and sweep Craig Dillon won the U21 long course final and placed second in the U21 short course final.

On the Mt Maunganui sand, Jake Hurley claimed the club’s first gold medal of the Nationals when he put in a calculated performance to snatch the last flag in the U16 men’s beach flags event. Later in the day, Lauren Bailey was brimful of confidence when she comfortably won the U19 women’s 2km run, a new event on the Nationals programme.

In just her first season in under-16 ranks, Hannah Williams claimed the gold medal in the final of the U16 women’s Diamond event. She claimed her second gold of the championships when she was joined by Rebecca Pearce and Kelsi Boocock to finish first in the U16 women’s Taplin relay.

Kelsi Boocock, right, collected her seventh medal when she teamed up with Louise Aitken and Briar McLeely to take out the U19 women’s Taplin relay final. Kelsi had earlier collected the silver medal in the U16 women’s surf race.

Overall points, top 12 clubs:  Mt Maunganui (136) 1, Papamoa (122) 2, Red Beach (69) 3, Omanu (53) 4, Mairangi Bay (51) 5, Piha (47) 6, St Clair (35) 7, NPOB (30) 8, Fitzroy (28) 9, Lyall Bay (28) 10, Waimairi (23) 11, Ocean Beach Kiwi (22) 12.

For the list of the Red Beach athletes who won medals, click here ...

Athletes show class at National Champs

17th March 2013
  • Red Beach scoops up 28 medals at Nationals

  • Top Auckland club at the premiere surf event

  • Kelsi Boocock successful with 7 medals

(Pic) The U21 women's surf boat crew won gold in the long course event and silver in the short course event at the Nationals.  From left:  Liz McGlashan, Christa Hanson, Georgia Cox, Hannah Everitt, Craig Dillon (sweep).

Red Beach’s surf athletes ran, swam, paddled and rowed their way to a total of 28 medals at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships.
Competing at Mt Maunganui, they collected 9 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals over three days of intense competition. The medal haul was nine more than the previous year.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in third place on overall points.  A total of 45 clubs – represented by nearly 1,700 competitors – took part in the event. Read more ...
For the Red Beach athletes who won medals, click here

(Pics)
Caitlin Ryan being interviewed by Jamie Troughton after winning the open women's surf ski title for the second consecutive year.
Red Beach's U16 men's beach relay team made it back-to-back wins when they retained their title at Mt Maunganui. From left: Jake Hurley, Campbell Busby, Mitchell Grant, Jordan Downey.
The U19 women's Taplin relay team following their gold medal winning performance at the Mount. From left: Briar McLeely, Louise Aitken, Kelsi Boocock.
Hannah Williams, in her first year in women's U16 ranks, took out the Diamond event.
Red Beach also won the U16 women's Taplin relay. From left: Rebecca Pearce, Kelsi Boocock, Hannah Williams.