Sensational Taplin Relay win to Red Beach

31st March 2020

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 … 

GOLD (4)
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

Angus Henare won the Gold medal in the U19 Men's Beach Flags event.

Gold medallists in the U16 Women's Taplin Relay, from left:  Ella Butler, Kate Rogers, Hannah Rogers.

Gold medallists in the U19 Men's Taplin Relay, from left:  Kade Scheib, Patrick Makgill, Lachie Nicholls.

Article & photos by Ross Malyon.