Thursday, 22 March 2012


by Mark Familton

Of the 184,258 hours lifeguards have patrolled beaches nationally this summer, our wonderful lifeguards at Warrington SLSC have patrolled 896 hours, keeping locals and visitors to Warrington beach safe all summer.  A big thank-you to all of them.

On 23-27 February, Ali Adams and Devon Familton represented the club in the New Zealand Under-14 Surf Life-saving Championships. Together they made seven finals with Ali placing 4th in the U13 beach flags and Devon 5th in the U12 run-swim-run and 2nd in the U12 surf race.  Devon's silver medal is the first time the club has won a national medal since Michael Hastie in 2002 in the same event.  Well done, Devon and Ali; the club is proud of your achievements.

At the National Surf Life-saving Championships on 17-18 March, two associate members of the club achieved success competing for St Clair.  Carina Doyle won gold in the U19 surf teams race, silvers in the U19 surf race and U19 run-swim-run.  Eilis Doyle won silver in the U16 surf teams race.  Carina has also been selected for the 2012-13 NZ Development Squad. Well done, Carina and Eilis.

The club had a very successful regional season. The Warrington Juniors placed 2nd overall on points in every Otago competition this season.  Congratulations to all the Warrington Juniors on your personal achievements and successes on the beach and surf this season.

For the season on points the following club members achieved:

Under 14 boys : 2nd – Tadhg Kelly

Under 14 girls : 2nd - Ali Adams

Under 12 girls : 3rd – Devon Familton

Under 10 boys : 3rd – Eli Familton

Under 10 girls : 2nd – Lola Verkerk

Under 8 boys : 1st – Oscar Lobb

Under 8 girls : 1st – Olive-Coco Verkerk

Interestingly, Ruby Randall placed 4th in both the Under 14 and Under 12 Girls age groups.

On Sunday 18 March the club celebrated the 2011-12 season with the end-of-season prize-giving, and awards were presented as follows:

The Highest Achiever Male – 1st Oscar Lobb, 2nd Tadhg Kelly, 3rd Eli Familton
The Highest Achiever Female – 1st Olive-Coco Verkerk, 2nd Ali Adams, 3rd= Lola Verkerk and Devon Familton
Oldham Swimming Trophy – Charlotte Beconsall-Ryan
Junior Award Trophy – Ali Adams
Most Valuable Contribution to Club Trophy – Devon Familton

Achievement Medals
Under 8 : Phoebe Ozanne                              

Under 10 : Albert Baeumer
Under 12 : Isabelle Beconsall-Ryan               

Under 14 : Tadhg Kelly.

Thank you to everyone for help over the season.  Enjoy the winter break, and we look forward to seeing you on the beach next summer.

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