by Dawn Hope
Warrington Surf Life Saving Club has a national champion! On 21-25 February Devon Familton competed in the New Zealand Under-14 Championships held at Mount Maunganui. This event attracts around 800 athletes from 40 clubs all over New Zealand. Devon won gold in the Girls' Under-13 Surf Race and then bronze in the Run Swim Run. She also made the Diamond final -- this is an event that consists of a swim and then board paddle.
On 2-3 February Warrington hosted the Southern Region Ocean Athletes. This event saw competitors from clubs in Otago, Canterbury and Otaki in the North Island. The team of Isabella Aldrich, Albert Baeumer, Abby Clayton and Levi Turoa won a silver medal in the Under-11 Mixed Beach Relay. Devon won golds in Under-13 Surf Race and Diamond, plus silver in the Run Swim Run.
Over the season our Nippers compete in four Otago competitions at different surf clubs and gain points for the season. The season ends with the Otago Championships held at Warrington. This year we congratulate three of our junior members for a successful season: Under-8 Girls – Madison Lobb (3rd); Under-10 Boys – Eli Familton (2nd); Under-10 Boys – Oscar Lobb (3rd).
We also congratulate: Arthur Ibbotson for gaining a silver medal in the Under-19 Men's Double Ski at the Nationals; Sam Todd a gold medal at the South Island inflatable rescue boat (IRB) event; Carina Doyle who competed at Rescue 2012 – the World Surf Life Saving Championships. Carina has also been selected for the World Championship squad 2013-14.
Lifeguard and Beach News
Life-guarding at the beach this summer has been busy with lifeguards between the flags 11am – 7pm every day of the summer holidays. Ryan Thom, Carina Doyle, Sam Smith, Imogen Doyle and Arthur Ibbotson all gained work as professional lifeguards and Charlotte Ibbotson travelled to Eastern Region in the North Island to work as a lifeguard for the summer.
Our six patrols of about six lifeguards each completed over 1,000 hours of voluntary patrolling. A road trip to Invercargill had six lifeguards complete a weekend patrol at Oreti and then later another trip to Oreti to support the Foveaux Strait swim. We also did one patrol at Campbell's Bay to support Kakanui's Big Day Out, led by Tarn Neuman, Warrington Surf Life Saving Club Life Guard Coordinator.
A full day of training was enjoyed each week of the school holidays and Tarn, Imogen Doyle, Claudia Muldrew, Jack Nicoll, Ryan Thom and Sam Smith gained their IRB drivers' award this summer.
This winter Warrington Surf Life Saving Club will be recruiting once again and running training programmes for new lifeguards. There is something for everyone; surf swimming, board, ski or canoe, IRB qualifications, first aid and rescue communications.
Mid-March saw the end of the 2012-13 season and we celebrated with a shared lunch at our annual prize-giving. Congratulations to the following members for an outstanding season of fun at the beach: Highest Achiever Male – Eli Familton; Highest Achiever Female – Madison Lobb; Most Improved Swimmer – Abby Clayton; Junior Award – Anthony Lobb; Most Valuable Contribution to Club – Devon Familton; Under-8 Achievement Medal – Sylvia Baeumer; Under-10 Achievement Medal – Jordyne Harris; Under-12 Achievement Medal – Kayle Harris; Under-14 Achievement Medal – Sarah McNaughton.
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