Red Beach saved the best for last at the recent NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Gisborne’s Midway Beach.
On the third and final day, and quite sensationally in the very last event, Red Beach snared the Open Men’s Taplin Relay, the blue riband event of the Nationals.
The prize was the Bill Griffin Memorial Trophy, first contested in 1989. Red Beach has now won it five times. The club’s athletes last lifted this trophy in 2011 at Mt Maunganui.
Three of the six Taplin Relay events contested at Gisborne were won by Red Beach.
The NZ Masters Championships were the curtain-raiser for these Nationals on Thursday 12 March. In the three days that followed, Red Beach collected 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze medals. On overall points, the club finished in eighth place.
The Red Beach medallists …
Open Men’s Taplin Relay Jack Gavin, Daniel Cairns, Hamish Gledhill, Sam Readman, Patrick Makgill, Kalani Gilbertson
U19 Men’s Taplin Relay Patrick Makgill, Kade Scheib, Lachie Nicholls
U16 Women’s Taplin Relay Kate Rogers, Ella Butler, Hannah Turner
U16 Men’s Beach Flags Angus Henare
U19 Men’s Board Relay Blake Readman, Te Maia Pihema, Lachie Nicholls
U19 Men’s Beach Relay Patrick Makgill, Jon Fortes, Angus Henare, Akira Gardiner
U19 Men’s Ski Race Reuben Creighton
U16 Women’s Ski Race Kate Rogers
Open Men’s Surf Teams Race Jack Gavin, Dylan French, Kees Kramer, Patrick Makgill
U19 Women’s 2km Beach Run Jessica Lane
U16 Women’s Ski Race Ella Butler
U16 Women’s Iron Person Kate Rogers
U16 Women’s Beach Flags Katrina Hall
U16 Men’s Beach Sprint Akira Gardiner
U16 Women’s Tube Rescue Kate Rogers, Hannah Turner, Katrina Hall, Ella Butler
U16 Women’s Board Race Kate Rogers
For the full set of Nationals results, click here
Article & photos by Ross Malyon.