The recent NZ Surf Lifesaving Championships at Mt Maunganui saw Red Beach athletes standing atop the podium on three separate occasions.
Kees Kramer, pictured above, scored a major triumph in winning the highly coveted U19 Ironman title. In the final swim leg of the event he connected with a wave which saw him emerge first from the surf and sprint to the finish flags, heading off Declan Dempster from the host club.
Coincidentally, it was on the same beach in 2011 that Red Beach athlete Chris Moors won the NZ Open Ironman title. The last NZ U19 Ironman title to be won by a Red Beach athlete was AJ Maney who took it out at Ohope Beach, Whakatane in 2010.
The Red Hot Chillis canoe crew of Beth Enright, Keeva Marinthe, Georgia Parker and Taryn Banks won Gold in the U19 Women’s Long Course Canoe final which was raced in gnarly surf conditions. The crew also collected a Bronze in the U19 Short Course final.
Kalani Gilbertson, above, snared a Gold medal in the U16 Men’s Ski Race final after leading from start to finish. It was a highly impressive win in which he was able to call on his kayaking ability and surf handling skills to see him first across the finish line.
Other Red Beach medallists …
Open Men’s Surf Boat – Short Course Shamus O’Halloran, Jed Wright, Ricky Daniel-Nield, Chris Carew, Shane O’Halloran (Boomers)
U23 Women’s Surf Boat – Short Course Olivia Soesbergen , Kathleen Oneroa, Danielle Ford, Zoe Turner, Jed Wright (Rabbits)
U19 Women’s Double Ski Ella Moratti, Jade Hughes
U16 Women’s Beach Flags Marissa Porteous
U16 Men’s Beach Relay Angus Henare, Kalani Gilbertson, Jamie Ward, Ethan Anderson
U16 Men’s Beach Sprint Angus Henare
Open Men’s Tube Rescue Jack Gavin, Patrick Makgill, Sam Readman, Kade Scheib
Open Women’s Surf Boat – Short Course Nicole Owen, Billie-Lee Haresnape, Emma Wilson, Andrea Gerrard, Shamus O’Halloran (Muzzies)
U19 Women’s Surf Canoe – Short Course Georgia Parker, Keeva Marinthe, Bethany Enright, Taryn Banks (Red Hot Chillis)
U19 Men’s Ski Race Reuben Creighton
U19 Men’s Taplin Relay Patrick Makgill, Sam Readman, Hamish Gledhill
U16 Men’s Beach Flags Angus Henare
U16 Women’s Board Rescue Hannah Turner, Kate Rogers
U16 Men’s Taplin Relay Matt Hughes, Kalani Gilbertson, Angus Henare
U16 Women’s Ski Race Ella Butler
U16 Women’s Taplin Relay Ella Butler, Josie Cornish, Thea Stout
For the full set of Nationals results, click here