Clean sweep for Waikanae in the under-22 men's at NI champs

BEST EVER: The three crews from Waikanae set a new mark for the surf lifesaving club in inflatable rescue boat racing with third place overall at the North Island championships at Waihi Beach at the weekend. It was the club’s best result in an IRB championship. The feature of that success was the gold medal sweep by the club’s under-22 crew in all their events. In action from the championships with (from left) “patient” Harry Allan, crewman Oliver Shivnan and driver Connor Mitchell. Pictures by Geoff Ridder
Crewman Oliver Shivnan, “patients” Briana Ingoe, George Allan and Harry Allan, and driver Connor Mitchell. The picture was taken after they won the u22 mass rescue final.
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WAIKANAE inflatable rescue boat crews came home from the BP North Island championships at Waihi Beach at the weekend with a clean sweep in the under-22 men’s division and third place overall on points.

It was the best result the club had ever achieved at an IRB championship carnival, Kaiaponi Farms Waikanae head IRB coach Connor Mitchell said.

The titles drew 58 IRB crews from 17 clubs across the North Island.

Mitchell and his crewman Oliver Shivnan won all four titles in the under-22 division.

“We took out the single rescue, the assembly, tube rescue and the mass rescue . . . that’s a pretty good result,” Mitchell said.

“We’re almost at the top age in our division, and we’ve been racing together for five years.

“Our experience and the way we work together as a team paid off handsomely for us,” he said.

The Waikanae under-19 men’s team of driver Cole Williams and crewman Sam Blackburne medalled in every event.

They won the bronze in the assembly, single rescue and tube rescue, and silver in the mass rescue.

“That’s an outstanding result for them in their first year in competition,” Mitchell said.

Britta Carroll and Ana Naden made finals in the open women’s single and tube rescue events.

“They didn’t get the results they were hoping for,” Mitchell said.

“They had some bad luck come their way. However, they competed well and gained valuable experience.”

The patients used by the three teams were Harry and George Allan and Briana Ingoe.

Mitchell said another highlight of the weekend was the open men’s teams race silver medal won by the Waikanae team of Mitchell, Shivnan, Williams and Blackburne.

“That was a really good result for us,” Mitchell said.

Waikanae had only three teams competing but still came third overall on points, a result they were “rapt” about.

“That’s the best result Waikanae have ever achieved in an IRB championship,” Mitchell said.

“We outshone many other clubs with much bigger numbers.”

The club’s two men’s teams will compete at the New Zealand championships in Dunedin on April 6 and 7.

“After this weekend’s result we’re all really looking forward to it,” Mitchell said.

The Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service from Port Waikato took 12 crews to the event, and had the top points overall, 179.

Mairangi Bay were second on 63 points and Waikanae were third on 62.

“The teams put on a spectacular show, with good strong waves adding unpredictability and further challenge for the day,” event manager Scott Bicknell said.

“Sunset Beach, the world champions in Adelaide last year, are a very strong club, and it was exciting to see that skill they took to Aussie on show here in a tough competition.”

Overall points: Sunset Beach 179, Mairangi Bay 63, Waikanae 62, East End 44, Waimarama 36, Kariaotahi 29, Paekakariki 22, Bethells Beach 18, Waipu Cove 18, Westshore 14, Whangamata 14, Piha 12, United North Piha 11, Mt Maunganui 10, Pauanui 8, Waihi Beach 8.

WAIKANAE inflatable rescue boat crews came home from the BP North Island championships at Waihi Beach at the weekend with a clean sweep in the under-22 men’s division and third place overall on points.

It was the best result the club had ever achieved at an IRB championship carnival, Kaiaponi Farms Waikanae head IRB coach Connor Mitchell said.

The titles drew 58 IRB crews from 17 clubs across the North Island.

Mitchell and his crewman Oliver Shivnan won all four titles in the under-22 division.

“We took out the single rescue, the assembly, tube rescue and the mass rescue . . . that’s a pretty good result,” Mitchell said.

“We’re almost at the top age in our division, and we’ve been racing together for five years.

“Our experience and the way we work together as a team paid off handsomely for us,” he said.

The Waikanae under-19 men’s team of driver Cole Williams and crewman Sam Blackburne medalled in every event.

They won the bronze in the assembly, single rescue and tube rescue, and silver in the mass rescue.

“That’s an outstanding result for them in their first year in competition,” Mitchell said.

Britta Carroll and Ana Naden made finals in the open women’s single and tube rescue events.

“They didn’t get the results they were hoping for,” Mitchell said.

“They had some bad luck come their way. However, they competed well and gained valuable experience.”

The patients used by the three teams were Harry and George Allan and Briana Ingoe.

Mitchell said another highlight of the weekend was the open men’s teams race silver medal won by the Waikanae team of Mitchell, Shivnan, Williams and Blackburne.

“That was a really good result for us,” Mitchell said.

Waikanae had only three teams competing but still came third overall on points, a result they were “rapt” about.

“That’s the best result Waikanae have ever achieved in an IRB championship,” Mitchell said.

“We outshone many other clubs with much bigger numbers.”

The club’s two men’s teams will compete at the New Zealand championships in Dunedin on April 6 and 7.

“After this weekend’s result we’re all really looking forward to it,” Mitchell said.

The Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service from Port Waikato took 12 crews to the event, and had the top points overall, 179.

Mairangi Bay were second on 63 points and Waikanae were third on 62.

“The teams put on a spectacular show, with good strong waves adding unpredictability and further challenge for the day,” event manager Scott Bicknell said.

“Sunset Beach, the world champions in Adelaide last year, are a very strong club, and it was exciting to see that skill they took to Aussie on show here in a tough competition.”

Overall points: Sunset Beach 179, Mairangi Bay 63, Waikanae 62, East End 44, Waimarama 36, Kariaotahi 29, Paekakariki 22, Bethells Beach 18, Waipu Cove 18, Westshore 14, Whangamata 14, Piha 12, United North Piha 11, Mt Maunganui 10, Pauanui 8, Waihi Beach 8.

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