Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) - Adelaide 2018 - Sunset Beach 3rd place Interclub Championships

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Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) - Adelaide 2018 - Sunset Beach 3rd place Interclub Championships

 

It's hard to describe a week where 2 teams from Sunset Beach represented NZ at the LWC Adelaide 2018 and became IRB World Champions with 4 x world titles to their names, as well as having our club take out 3rd overall in the World Inter-Club Championship with an additional 3 x World Inter-Club titles. Just an incredible result!

It was a huge team effort and a big thank you must go to all the team members, managers, supporters and our Port Waikato community who helped us make history. We thank everyone for their good wishes and support. Also a big thank you to Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club and the organisers from Surf Life Saving SA and the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) for the opportunity to compete at this wonderful competition.

There were many great results from a team effort. Sunset Teams supported each other well.Whatever the lane, there was a Sunset swarm and flag showing a positive presence on the beach. Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier with their patients Tanisha Robertson and Ethan Graham were rewarded with gold medals in the Single Rescue and Mass Rescue. Shane Edwards and Mark Edwards earned gold in their premier event Tube Rescue, patient was Taylor Shrimpton.

The excitement continued when we were awarded the Gold Medals for our wins at the prize giving. The most fantastic news of the night was receiving the third place trophy for overall point score - LWC World Interclub IRB Championships. 1st place was Williamstown (Australia) on 200 points, 2nd was Kirra SLS (Australia) on 127 points and third place trophy to Sunset Beach Surf Lifeguard Service just 3 points behind on 124 points. The team have plenty to celebrate for a first time effort with 46 clubs competing from around the world, 130 men’s teams and 88 women’s teams. Excellent performance!

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New Zealand are World Champions at IRB Racing - LWC Adelaide 2018

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New Zealand are World Champions at IRB Racing - LWC Adelaide 2018

Sunset Beach are proud to announce the success of their men’s and women’s team who represented New Zealand at the LWC (Lifesaving World Champs) at Glenelg Beach in Adelaide and gained the IRB World Title. What a fantastic effort. Congratulations to: Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards, Anton Baptist, Hogan Shrimpton, Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier, Tanisha Robertson and Lola Key.

Media Release from New Zealand Surf Life Saving:

The New Zealand Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) team have been crowned the first ever World IRB Champions at the Lifesaving World Championships (LWC) in Australia, after edging out their closest rivals by 22 points.

With only seven races to win the historic and first-ever IRB world title, the Kiwi team expected it to be a tough and very close competition. The races, which replicate real-life rescue scenarios, were made up of a men’s and women’s race in each of the tube rescue, mass rescue and single rescue, with a final event comprising of both crews in the mixed teams rescue.

The eight-strong Kiwi team took home a gold or silver medal in every single final, showing their skill at the top level against first-class competitors from around the world.

Co-captain and driver of the men’s IRB, Shane Edwards from Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service said “this is an unreal experience. I’m actually just speechless. I can’t quite believe it yet but it was so special being able to race with family and friends and know that all our hard work and sacrifices have paid off.”

Taylor Shrimpton (Sunset Beach, Port Waikato), co-captain and driver of the women’s IRB, echoed Edwards’ thoughts but said she was “absolutely stoked.”

“It is just an absolute honour to win and wear the New Zealand fern, although it’s still a pretty unreal feeling. We are so happy for the boys because they really stepped it up but us girls had an awesome run too.”

“We had so much support which was really cool too,” she added, with dozens of people on the beach cheering them on, the Black Fins watching the livestream from the pool, and hundreds of supporters back home sending the team messages.

Jaron Mumby (Fitzroy SLSC, Taranaki), Head Coach of the New Zealand IRB Team said they had one focus coming into today and they’re “ecstatic” that they’ve done it.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our crews and what they’ve achieved this morning. To be world champions is just incredible, especially after all of the work that’s gone into this campaign.”

“It has been a lot of hard work, passion and commitment to get here, so to arrive here and do what we’ve done is just phenomenal,” he said.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager, Mike Lord, said all of the New Zealand teams at the bi-annual Lifesaving World Championships did the country proud and have shown the world that we are a force to be reckoned with on the global stage.

“The IRB result today has really shown how strong all of our New Zealand teams have been right across the board in surf lifesaving sport. From the IRB racing, to pool events, and on the beach, our Kiwi teams have been consistently right at the top and taken on real powerhouses of the sport in doing so.”

“To have the IRB team and Junior Black Fins both current World Champions now, and the Black Fins a very close second, is just incredible. We are so proud of what all our teams have done representing New Zealand at the Lifesaving World Championships,” he continued.

That marks the official end to the New Zealand national team’s fight for world titles, after the international competitions including the Black Fins, Junior Black Fins and the New Zealand IRB team have wrapped up. However, many Kiwis are still competing for their clubs in the Interclub category of the competition where they’ll fight for top club honours.

To see previous updates from the Lifesaving World Championships, visit the SLSNZ High Performance Facebook page or follow us onTwitter and Instagram - @SLSNZHP.

MEDALS

Gold – Mixed Teams Rescue: NZ Team - Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards, Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier, Hogan Shrimpton, Anton Baptist, Tanisha Robertson, Lola Key·        
Gold – Mass Rescue: NZ Men’s Team - Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards, Hogan Shrimpton, Anton Baptist
Gold – Single Rescue: NZ Women’s Team – Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier, Tanisha Robertson, Lola Key
Gold – Tube Rescue: NZ Men’s Team – Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards, Hogan Shrimpton, Anton Baptist
Silver – Tube Rescue: NZ Women’s Team – Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier, Tanisha Robertson, Lola Key
Silver – Mass Rescue: NZ Women’s Team – Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier, Tanisha Robertson, Lola Key
Silver – Single Rescue: NZ Men’s Team - Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards, Hogan Shrimpton, Anton Baptist

OVERALL POINTS
1st New Zealand – 134
2nd Australia – 112*
3rd Great Britain – 112*

*Australia secured second after winning more gold medals than Great Britain

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Surf Life Saving Northern Region Award of Excellence 2018

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Surf Life Saving Northern Region Award of Excellence 2018

300 Lifesavers, families, friends and sponsors attended the 2018 Annual Awards of Excellence at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland on Saturday night 14th July.  A first In the Clubs 60 year history, the night belonged to Sunset.
                                                                                                                                               
Top Club of the Year - The ultimate and most highly contested award that is given out. The Club with this award was given a new Yamaha Beach Vehicle for their use for next summer.

Best Patrolled Beach - Out of the 17 clubs in the region we were independently audited over the season 4 Times and on each audit achieved a 100% score. Our lifeguard standards were rated the highest in all aspects of beach Patrol.

Outstanding Contribution to Powercraft - Shane Edwards won this award for the outstanding effort he makes to the development of IRB Rescue boats and in the field of Competition where for the past three years we have been Northern, North Island and NZ Champion
Club.                 
                                                                                                           
Service Award - Susie Pirret was awarded the SLSNR Service Award recognising her professionalism and commitment to Lifesaving at a Club Level and as the NZ Surf Life Saving Team Physotherapist. 

Distinguished Service Award - Joanne Hobson was awarded this prestigious award for her work in all areas off Lifesaving and in particular the development of Junior Lifeguard Programs.
                                                                                                                                         
Sunset Beach were also finialists for:                                                                                  
Team of the Year - Open Womens IRB Team - Finalist
Rescue of the Year - Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service - (shared with Kariotahi) - Finalist
Administrator of the Year - Taylor Shrimpton - Finalist
Coach of the Year - Shane Edwards  - Finalist
Innovation of the Year - Sunset Beach Duck Rallies - Finalist                                    
We were also presented the Trophy for Northern Region IRB Champions                                                                                                                                                                                    
In summary
These awards are testimony to our club’s commitment to the values that we aspire to for all our members.  The club is on a projectory of high achievement and we are demonstrating to all that our goals are achievable.

Add to these the Community Hub Rebuild Project and one can only say how proud I am to be President of this club for over 30 years, and the family values that we continue to build on.  We are so proud of what we have achieved this year.                                                            
Malcolm J Beattie obe
President

 

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Sunset Beach Lifeguards are 2018 BP Surf Life Saving IRB Champions  and Top Club for the third year.

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Sunset Beach Lifeguards are 2018 BP Surf Life Saving IRB Champions and Top Club for the third year.

Sunset Beach raced with professionalism and their skills were 'surf smart'.  The team performances of Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier dominated the Open Women events. Brothers, Shane and Mark Edwards, ended top on points for Open Men’s and were the only team to make both finals from all clubs with podium finishes both times.  Yes, Sunset can be proud showing awesome team spirit. They were first to the beach, first to fuel, first to help someone in need on the beach and in the water assisting with rescues, flipped boats and enjoying every moment of this experience. 

Racing didn't finish till 5.30pm on the Saturday and we were expecting more of the same Sunday but the surf just got bigger breaking beyond the buoys.  Event organisers ran some heats of the single rescue but with boats flipping everywhere and the buoys having to be about 1 km out to sea just to get beyond the break, it just got too dangerous.  We could only watch in awe as mother nature took over and won the battle.  Event called off with nobody scoring anymore points.  Points stand from yesterday.  Sunset Beach Top Club with 60 points and St Clair nearest with 35 points. Shane and Mark Edwards were Top Open Men’s team and New Zealand Champions.  Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier were Top Open Women’s team and New Zealand Champions.  Prize giving, then a bit of celebrating to follow.  Everyone is safe, no injuries for Sunset Beach and NO flipped boats.  Nice one aye!  What an awesome result!!!

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Gold and Silver Medal, Open Men's Tube Rescue.

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TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships - Midway Beach, Gisborne 17 & 18th March

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service - Bronze Medal U19 Men’s Surf Boat Long Course
Sunset Beach toughed it out at Midway Beach, Gisborne at the TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships.

The Sunset Hipsters came through to make the finals on the Sunday for both the U19 Men’s Surf Boat Long and Short Courses. They fought hard to earn bronze in the Long Course and a fourth in the Short Couse. Congratulations to this team who deserves recognition for their hard work. Team members in the photo from left to right: Flynn Avery, Sebastian Neilands, Mikey Waldegrave (Sweep), Xavier Lusby, Sean Oliver and Harrison Fulton.

Weather and surf conditions on the Saturday wiped out the Sunset Young Guns in two races injuring two crewmen, breaking two sweep oars and the loss of their water pump causing a whole in the bottom of the boat. They were coming 2nd overall in the U23 Men’s Surf Boat before disaster struck and were unable to continue racing. They had to pull out of their events. What a disappointing end to the season for this team who were enjoying their first season in the U23 Men’s and doing so well.

 Sunset Hipsters - Bronze Medal Surf Boat Long Course

Sunset Hipsters - Bronze Medal Surf Boat Long Course

 Tough Surf Conditions at Midway Beach, Gisborne

Tough Surf Conditions at Midway Beach, Gisborne

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