Waikanae lifesavers in second spot at nationals

Sensational day of gold, silver and bronze medal success.

Sensational day of gold, silver and bronze medal success.

IN TWO TEAMS: Olivia Corrin is in the Junior Black Fins for the International Surf Rescue Challenge and in the World Games team.

Picture by Paul Rickard

WAIKANAE Surf Life Saving Club produced a sensational day of gold, silver and bronze medal success to hold second place overall on the club championship points table yesterday at the New Zealand titles at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch.

Waikanae surf athletes picked up five national titles and a string of other medals to total 35 points, just four points behind the competition leaders Mount Maunganui at the end of day one.

The club’s young female board paddlers Georgie Pitkethley, Lauren Pickett and Ella Van Kregten started the gold medal rush in the U19 women board relay.

The final was dominated by the Gisborne clubs, a one-two-three trifecta with the Waikanae team followed home by Midway second and Wainui third.

Beach sprinter Briana Irving added to the gold medal tally in the U16 beach sprint and Madeleine Wilson took the silver medal.

Then the club went on to win gold in the U16 beach relay, where Irving raced with Brooke Willock, Christy Tate and Wilson, There was another gold in the U19 event, where Jamie Gedye raced with Irving, Willock and Wilson.

Earlier Gedye took silver in the U19 women individual beach sprint and Casie Fyall was third in the open women beach sprint final.

Fyall, Gedye, Irving and Willock also teamed up to take the bronze in the open women beach relay final.

The Waikanae U19 men surf canoe team scored gold in the long-course race to complete the club’s great day. Their “B” team took the silver medal.

The club’s U19 women canoe team also made the podium with a silver in the long course.

“The whole team did bloody well. I am really proud of the whole crew,” said Waikanae head coach Cory Hutchings.

“There were some great results for our beach competitors and the canoe teams, but the highlight for me was the U19 women board relay team’s performance.

“Those girls train hard and race hard. That was a marvellous result.”

Midway rising star Olivia Corrin stamped her class all over day one of the championships with a gold medal in the under-19 women surf race and an emphatic showing in the ironperson heats.

Corrin, 16, led home a field of more than 50 to win her surf race gold by about 80 metres.

“She led from start to finish after a good start,” her dad Dave told The Herald.

“Olivia was stoked, very happy with the start to her nationals.”

Corrin also qualified for the final tomorrow of the U19 ironwoman after winning her heat and semi comprehensively, about 50 metres clear of the field.

She was also part of the silver medal performance by Midway’s U19 womens board relay team, along with Danielle Scott and Alex Birmingham.

Club coach Matt Sutton said she was racing well.

“The idea at this stage is to get through qualifying in all her events and Olivia is tracking well for the finals on Sunday.”

Clubmate Cory Taylor qualified easily for the ironman final after he crossed the finish line first equal with defending champion Max Beattie yesterday in their heat.

Taylor earlier took the silver medal in the open men surf race final.

Former Wainui lifeguard Oliver Puddick, now racing for the Mount, also won his ironman heat yesterday.

The Wainui medals on day one included a bronze to the U19 women board relay team of Saffi Vette, Bonnie Grealish and Rose Simmons.

Jasmine Smith, Abby Falwasser-Logan and Georgia Harris teamed up to take bronze in the open women board relay.
Jack Virtue finished third in the U19 men surf race final.

Midway finished day one in eighth place on the overall points table, with 8, and Wainui were 15th on 3 points.

WAIKANAE Surf Life Saving Club produced a sensational day of gold, silver and bronze medal success to hold second place overall on the club championship points table yesterday at the New Zealand titles at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch.

Waikanae surf athletes picked up five national titles and a string of other medals to total 35 points, just four points behind the competition leaders Mount Maunganui at the end of day one.

The club’s young female board paddlers Georgie Pitkethley, Lauren Pickett and Ella Van Kregten started the gold medal rush in the U19 women board relay.

The final was dominated by the Gisborne clubs, a one-two-three trifecta with the Waikanae team followed home by Midway second and Wainui third.

Beach sprinter Briana Irving added to the gold medal tally in the U16 beach sprint and Madeleine Wilson took the silver medal.

Then the club went on to win gold in the U16 beach relay, where Irving raced with Brooke Willock, Christy Tate and Wilson, There was another gold in the U19 event, where Jamie Gedye raced with Irving, Willock and Wilson.

Earlier Gedye took silver in the U19 women individual beach sprint and Casie Fyall was third in the open women beach sprint final.

Fyall, Gedye, Irving and Willock also teamed up to take the bronze in the open women beach relay final.

The Waikanae U19 men surf canoe team scored gold in the long-course race to complete the club’s great day. Their “B” team took the silver medal.

The club’s U19 women canoe team also made the podium with a silver in the long course.

“The whole team did bloody well. I am really proud of the whole crew,” said Waikanae head coach Cory Hutchings.

“There were some great results for our beach competitors and the canoe teams, but the highlight for me was the U19 women board relay team’s performance.

“Those girls train hard and race hard. That was a marvellous result.”

Midway rising star Olivia Corrin stamped her class all over day one of the championships with a gold medal in the under-19 women surf race and an emphatic showing in the ironperson heats.

Corrin, 16, led home a field of more than 50 to win her surf race gold by about 80 metres.

“She led from start to finish after a good start,” her dad Dave told The Herald.

“Olivia was stoked, very happy with the start to her nationals.”

Corrin also qualified for the final tomorrow of the U19 ironwoman after winning her heat and semi comprehensively, about 50 metres clear of the field.

She was also part of the silver medal performance by Midway’s U19 womens board relay team, along with Danielle Scott and Alex Birmingham.

Club coach Matt Sutton said she was racing well.

“The idea at this stage is to get through qualifying in all her events and Olivia is tracking well for the finals on Sunday.”

Clubmate Cory Taylor qualified easily for the ironman final after he crossed the finish line first equal with defending champion Max Beattie yesterday in their heat.

Taylor earlier took the silver medal in the open men surf race final.

Former Wainui lifeguard Oliver Puddick, now racing for the Mount, also won his ironman heat yesterday.

The Wainui medals on day one included a bronze to the U19 women board relay team of Saffi Vette, Bonnie Grealish and Rose Simmons.

Jasmine Smith, Abby Falwasser-Logan and Georgia Harris teamed up to take bronze in the open women board relay.
Jack Virtue finished third in the U19 men surf race final.

Midway finished day one in eighth place on the overall points table, with 8, and Wainui were 15th on 3 points.

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