Red Beach swimmers impress at SLSNZ Pool Champs

11th October 2020


The club’s swimmers
delivered some solid performances at the recent SLSNZ Pool Rescue Championships.
Over three days at Water World in Te Rapa, Hamilton, Red Beach’s 20-strong squad – 14 Juniors & 6 Seniors – snared a total of 27 medals.
It was the 18th year of the national pool championships and swimmers aged from 10 to 75 years took part.  They were scheduled for Auckland’s National Aquatic Centre, however, because of restrictions on mass-gatherings at Covid-19 Alert Level 2 in the Auckland region, the event was moved to Hamilton where there were no restrictions on mass-gatherings.

Close to 350 competitors took part, a significant drop in the numbers that have attended in previous years. Red Beach originally had 42 of its Juniors in training, however, the lockdown resulted in only a third of the original Junior squad swimming at Te Rapa.

Red Beach’s top performer in the pool was U19 swimmer Patrick Makgill, above, who came away with six gold medals, five of them from individual events. Collectively, the club’s Seniors & Juniors returned home with 11 Gold, 8 Silver, and 8 Bronze medals which put them in sixth place on the overall points table.
“It was an awesome three days, with everyone very forthcoming in helping out,” said club coach Jack Gavin.
The club had three officials – Sharon Turner, Cliff Banks & Michelle Newton -  helping out poolside.
“ A big thank you goes to Tony & Brenden Rolston of Action HQ for sponsoring the squad’s T-Shirts.”

Tex Rolston & Ashton Savage at Waterworld Te Rapa for the SLSNZ Pool Rescue Championships.

Overall Club Points - Snrs & Jnrs (Top 15 clubs):
Omanu (272) 1, Mt Maunganui (255) 2, Orewa (204) 3, Mairangi Bay (114) 4, Piha (72) 5, Red Beach (66) 6, Taylors Mistake (52) 7, Papamoa (50) 8, Muriwai (49) 9, Fitzroy (23) 10=, Whangamata (23) 10=, East End (20) 12=, Paekakariki (20) 12=, Whakatane (19.5) 14, Sumner (17) 15.

For all the Red Beach results, SLSNZ Pool Championships

For the full set of results from the event, click here