Waikanae third in New Zealand surf lifesaving champs

Stellar performance to take third place in Christchurch; Midway stars Cory Taylor and Olivia Corrin turn iron into gold.

Stellar performance to take third place in Christchurch; Midway stars Cory Taylor and Olivia Corrin turn iron into gold.

WAIKANAE produced a stellar performance to take third place on overall points at the New Zealand surf lifesaving championships in Christchurch while Midway stars Cory Taylor and Olivia Corrin turned iron into gold.

Waikanae, with a team of 29 competitors, were in second place until midday on the final day yesterday at New Brighton Beach only to be passed by Mairangi Bay of Auckland.

Mount Maunganui topscored on 156 to claim another Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy, Mairangi Bay totalled 96 and Waikanae 87.

Peter Dawson Building Midway’s nine-strong team shot up the points table on the final day to finish with 39 and seventh place overall out of over 40 clubs. Wainui were 20th on 15 points.

Waikanae athletes scored 15 national titles and head coach Cory Hutchings said it was a “fantastic” overall result.
The club had hoped for a top-five finish, he said.

“We did not have the biggest team so it was pretty bloody amazing, considering we were in second place overall for a long time. The kids were just amazing,” Hutchings said.

“There were too many fantastic individual and team performances to single anyone out.

“The whole team contributed and they came away with medals in every arena they raced in.”

Taylor stood tall on the podium in the open ironman, regaining the title that had eluded him over the past two seasons.

“Cory has been there for thereabouts in the senior ironman for several years, so it’s really neat he has won that title again,” said Midway head coach Matt Sutton. “He has worked really hard and he deserves it.”

One of the other blue riband events also went to Midway when Corrin won the under 19 ironwoman.

“Oliva produced some amazing results and once again showed her amazing potential,” Sutton said.

She also won the surf race, the board and the run-swim-run in the under 19 women division.

Sutton said he was very proud of the small Midway team.

“Everyone we took down there picked up a medal.”

Waikanae’s gold medal haul started with wins to their u19 women board relay team on Friday, then gold to sprinter Briana Irving, the U16 and u19 beach relays, and the u19 men’s surf canoe (long course).

On Saturday, Brooke Willock and Georgie Pitkethley won the u16 board rescue, Lauren Pickett and Ella van Kregten won the u19 board rescue, then Irving won the open 2km beach run.

Casie Fyall won gold in the open beach flags, Irving won the u16 women beach run and Max Neustroski took out the open men’s 2km run.

The club’s u19 women and u19 men finished the day off with golds in the short course canoe.

On Sunday, Waikanae won gold in the u16 board relay (van Kregten, Christy Tate and Pitkethley), and Quaid Thompson and Zach Ferkins won the u19 men’s double ski.

The club also won multiple silver and bronze medals across the three days.

Apart from the ironman and ironwoman finals, Midway’s final day was highlighted by gold to their u19 women’s taplin team of Corrin, Danielle Scott and Alex Bermingham, and silver to the u19 women surf team and u19 women double ski pairing of Bermingham and Kirby Scammell.

A standout performer for Riversun Wainui was Jack Virtue with silver in the u19 men’s run-swim-run and bronze in the u19 surf race.

Georgia Harris and Laura Quilter took silver in the open women’s tube rescue final, and Abby Falwasser-Logan was runner-up in the u19 board race.

The club’s U19 men won a silver in the short course canoe and the womens’ board relays and board rescue teams won bronze medals.

“We had a fantastic team culture and 11 of our 15 competitors will bring home medals,” said coach Dion Williams.

“It was a great nationals to be part of.”

Former Wainui lifeguard Oliver Puddick, who now races for the Mount, finished second to Taylor in the ironman final.

Hutchings said the overall results by all three Gisborne clubs showed how “the district certainly punches above its weight ... the movement in Gisborne is in really good hands at the moment with all the kids coming through. It is very exciting for the future.”

WAIKANAE produced a stellar performance to take third place on overall points at the New Zealand surf lifesaving championships in Christchurch while Midway stars Cory Taylor and Olivia Corrin turned iron into gold.

Waikanae, with a team of 29 competitors, were in second place until midday on the final day yesterday at New Brighton Beach only to be passed by Mairangi Bay of Auckland.

Mount Maunganui topscored on 156 to claim another Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy, Mairangi Bay totalled 96 and Waikanae 87.

Peter Dawson Building Midway’s nine-strong team shot up the points table on the final day to finish with 39 and seventh place overall out of over 40 clubs. Wainui were 20th on 15 points.

Waikanae athletes scored 15 national titles and head coach Cory Hutchings said it was a “fantastic” overall result.
The club had hoped for a top-five finish, he said.

“We did not have the biggest team so it was pretty bloody amazing, considering we were in second place overall for a long time. The kids were just amazing,” Hutchings said.

“There were too many fantastic individual and team performances to single anyone out.

“The whole team contributed and they came away with medals in every arena they raced in.”

Taylor stood tall on the podium in the open ironman, regaining the title that had eluded him over the past two seasons.

“Cory has been there for thereabouts in the senior ironman for several years, so it’s really neat he has won that title again,” said Midway head coach Matt Sutton. “He has worked really hard and he deserves it.”

One of the other blue riband events also went to Midway when Corrin won the under 19 ironwoman.

“Oliva produced some amazing results and once again showed her amazing potential,” Sutton said.

She also won the surf race, the board and the run-swim-run in the under 19 women division.

Sutton said he was very proud of the small Midway team.

“Everyone we took down there picked up a medal.”

Waikanae’s gold medal haul started with wins to their u19 women board relay team on Friday, then gold to sprinter Briana Irving, the U16 and u19 beach relays, and the u19 men’s surf canoe (long course).

On Saturday, Brooke Willock and Georgie Pitkethley won the u16 board rescue, Lauren Pickett and Ella van Kregten won the u19 board rescue, then Irving won the open 2km beach run.

Casie Fyall won gold in the open beach flags, Irving won the u16 women beach run and Max Neustroski took out the open men’s 2km run.

The club’s u19 women and u19 men finished the day off with golds in the short course canoe.

On Sunday, Waikanae won gold in the u16 board relay (van Kregten, Christy Tate and Pitkethley), and Quaid Thompson and Zach Ferkins won the u19 men’s double ski.

The club also won multiple silver and bronze medals across the three days.

Apart from the ironman and ironwoman finals, Midway’s final day was highlighted by gold to their u19 women’s taplin team of Corrin, Danielle Scott and Alex Bermingham, and silver to the u19 women surf team and u19 women double ski pairing of Bermingham and Kirby Scammell.

A standout performer for Riversun Wainui was Jack Virtue with silver in the u19 men’s run-swim-run and bronze in the u19 surf race.

Georgia Harris and Laura Quilter took silver in the open women’s tube rescue final, and Abby Falwasser-Logan was runner-up in the u19 board race.

The club’s U19 men won a silver in the short course canoe and the womens’ board relays and board rescue teams won bronze medals.

“We had a fantastic team culture and 11 of our 15 competitors will bring home medals,” said coach Dion Williams.

“It was a great nationals to be part of.”

Former Wainui lifeguard Oliver Puddick, who now races for the Mount, finished second to Taylor in the ironman final.

Hutchings said the overall results by all three Gisborne clubs showed how “the district certainly punches above its weight ... the movement in Gisborne is in really good hands at the moment with all the kids coming through. It is very exciting for the future.”

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