Juniors have final hit-out before Oceans

GOLD: Oska Smith won the under-14 boys’ beach flags and beach sprint at the Eastern Regional Junior Champs. Picture supplied

GISBORNE surf lifesaving clubs finished sixth, eighth and 12th at the Eastern Regional Junior Championships at Whangamata at the weekend.

Whangamata turned on 1.5-metre swells that provided an ideal test for the 500 eight-to-14-year-old competitors.

The Omanu club picked up the award for top points overall (187) ahead of big teams from Mount Maunganui (99pts), Papamoa (52) and Waihi Beach (50).

Dawson Building Midway finished sixth on 48 points, with a standout effort of three gold medals from Ella Sutton in the under-11 division.

Kaiaponi Farms Waikanae finished eighth on 27 points, with Rubi Hart and Chloe Kapene helping their club dominate the under-12 division.

Riversun Wainui finished 12th with seven points.

For Midway, Sutton won the u11 board, surf race and diamond race (board and swim), and was second in the run-swim-run.

Sophie Petro won the u13 girls’ surf race and was second in the diamond. Petro and Sasha Fergus won the board rescue, and Petro, Olivia Gaddum and Fergus won the board relay.

In the u11 division, Harry Hayward was second in the beach sprint and the board.

Oscar Hayward won the u9 foam board race, and was third in the beach sprint and second in the flags.

Gabrielle Searle picked up third placings in the u10 diamond and board, and Nicola Bronlund was third in the u12 board race.

Yahni Brown was second in the u12 boys’ board, and teamed up with Austin Fergus and Sam Gaddum to finish second in the board relay.

Tyron Evans was second in the u13 boys’ surf race, Angus Blair was third in the u14 boys’ diamond and Max Gaddum was third in the u10 run-swim-run.

For Waikanae, Kapene had a great carnival in the u12 girls’ division. She won the board, the diamond race, the run-swim-run and, with Ruby Williams and Hart, the board relay.

She was also third in the beach sprint.

Hart won the u12 girls’ flags.

Oska Smith won the u14 boys’ beach flags and beach sprint.

Alexander Davies was second in the u13 beach sprint and third in the board.

The top placings for Riversun Wainui went to Charlie Keepa, who won the u11 girls’ run-swim-run and was third in the surf race.

Imogen Amor-Bendall was third in the u14 diamond and surf race, and Ella Arthur was third in the u13 board.

For most of the junior athletes, it was the final hit-out before Oceans ’19, the New Zealand under-14 championships, in Mount Maunganui.

GISBORNE surf lifesaving clubs finished sixth, eighth and 12th at the Eastern Regional Junior Championships at Whangamata at the weekend.

Whangamata turned on 1.5-metre swells that provided an ideal test for the 500 eight-to-14-year-old competitors.

The Omanu club picked up the award for top points overall (187) ahead of big teams from Mount Maunganui (99pts), Papamoa (52) and Waihi Beach (50).

Dawson Building Midway finished sixth on 48 points, with a standout effort of three gold medals from Ella Sutton in the under-11 division.

Kaiaponi Farms Waikanae finished eighth on 27 points, with Rubi Hart and Chloe Kapene helping their club dominate the under-12 division.

Riversun Wainui finished 12th with seven points.

For Midway, Sutton won the u11 board, surf race and diamond race (board and swim), and was second in the run-swim-run.

Sophie Petro won the u13 girls’ surf race and was second in the diamond. Petro and Sasha Fergus won the board rescue, and Petro, Olivia Gaddum and Fergus won the board relay.

In the u11 division, Harry Hayward was second in the beach sprint and the board.

Oscar Hayward won the u9 foam board race, and was third in the beach sprint and second in the flags.

Gabrielle Searle picked up third placings in the u10 diamond and board, and Nicola Bronlund was third in the u12 board race.

Yahni Brown was second in the u12 boys’ board, and teamed up with Austin Fergus and Sam Gaddum to finish second in the board relay.

Tyron Evans was second in the u13 boys’ surf race, Angus Blair was third in the u14 boys’ diamond and Max Gaddum was third in the u10 run-swim-run.

For Waikanae, Kapene had a great carnival in the u12 girls’ division. She won the board, the diamond race, the run-swim-run and, with Ruby Williams and Hart, the board relay.

She was also third in the beach sprint.

Hart won the u12 girls’ flags.

Oska Smith won the u14 boys’ beach flags and beach sprint.

Alexander Davies was second in the u13 beach sprint and third in the board.

The top placings for Riversun Wainui went to Charlie Keepa, who won the u11 girls’ run-swim-run and was third in the surf race.

Imogen Amor-Bendall was third in the u14 diamond and surf race, and Ella Arthur was third in the u13 board.

For most of the junior athletes, it was the final hit-out before Oceans ’19, the New Zealand under-14 championships, in Mount Maunganui.

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