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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Sunset Beach Lifeguards travel to BP South Island IRB Championships - Warrington Beach

Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards and Siobhain Oliver travelled to the South Island and Warrington Beach to compete in the Open Men's events at the BP South Island IRB Championships. They did extremely well, making finals and getting placings. Silver Medal Tube Rescue, Silver Medal Assembly Rescue, Bronze medal Mass Rescue. Sunset Beach were in 8th place with 17 points. Not bad for a one team effort and obviously worth the trip to the South Island. Carolyn Edwards also travelled with the team as an official for the event.

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Northern Region Surf Life Saving Surf Boat Championships - Ruakaka February 24-25th

Double Gold for Sunset Beach!! The Hipsters competed this weekend in the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Surf Boat Championships at Ruakaka. They competed in the U23 Men's Surf Boat Long Course and Short Course, winning Gold medals for both races. Competing were Ryan Brash, Flynn Avery, Sean Olliver, Xavier Lusby and Mikey Waldegrave (sweep). Well done guys for flying the Sunset Beach flag high at this event. Thank you to the support team and Sunset Beach officials who traveled to the event.

 Sunset Hipsters - Gold Medal U23 Men's

Sunset Hipsters - Gold Medal U23 Men's

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Sunset Beach Champions - BP Surf Life Saving North Island IRB Championships - Waipu Cove

Extremely wet conditions were what faced the competitors at Waipu Cove for the BP Surf Live Saving North Island IRB Championships. The rain was relentless and heavy through to about 2pm when we had some break in the weather… it didn’t stop the racing in these testing conditions. Sunset Beach had 10 teams competing and all teams performed well to add points to the 139 total to put Sunset Beach in 1st place, 50 points ahead of East End on 89 points.
Class Act! Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier were unbeatable today with 5 gold medals. Other notable performances were Senior Mens - Shane and Mark Edwards who were on the podium for all of their races with 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. U22 Mens – Judd Redmond and Anton Baptist raced extremely well for 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal.
Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service were proud of the performance of our teams for what was a long hard day at the beach and retaining the title for the 3rd year running – Top Club, North Island IRB Championships.

 Sunset Beach Lifeguards - 2018 BP Surf Life Saving North Island IRB Champions - Top Club

Sunset Beach Lifeguards - 2018 BP Surf Life Saving North Island IRB Champions - Top Club

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 Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier were unbeatable with 5 gold medals - Open Women's

Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier were unbeatable with 5 gold medals - Open Women's

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Sunset Beach wins Surf Boat Series at North Island Surf Boat Championships - Waihi Beach 3rd February 2018

Sunset Beach Surf Boat crews could only stand and watch as the huge surf at Waihi Beach was relentless. The only crews to race were the open men's and much later in the day, one final race for 7 women's crews. Yes, they were disappointed but we're happy they're all safe and unharmed. Series medals were decided on points from the last 3 series. Congratulations to 'The Young Guns', Gold medal for winning the U23 Men's Surf Boat Series. Congrats also to the Sunset Hipsters who take out Silver Medal in the U19 Men's.  It will be back to the beach Sunday for the Sunset Young Guns who will be representing Northern Region in the Surf Life Saving NZ Regional Surf Boat Challenge. Surf is predicted to be better. Whew!!

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2018 New Zealand Representative Challenge - Mt Maunganui 29th January

Sunset Beach Lifeguards had 3 teams competing in the NZ Representative Challenge. Shane and Mark Edwards, Hogan Shrimpton in the Open Mens IRB race. Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier in the Open Womens for Northern Region. Robbie Shrimpton and Samantha-Jane Harding, Hannah Simpson (Patient) for Gisborne. Lola Key was also patient for the Northern Region Teams. All teams scored good points for their regions on this hot.. hot.. day at Mt Maunganui. It was a great change to test our skills against the other regions coming up to North Island Champs. The Canoe racing also shared our arena and these are photos of the Northern Regions Teams. Well done Sunset in large testing surf. Was not easy racing... Northern Region won the Silver Medal being piped by Bay Of Plenty by a couple of points. Here is the link to the results:http://liveresults.co.nz/138/schedule/index/2018-01-29

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Northern Region IRB Championships – Ruakaka  13th January 2018

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Northern Region IRB Championships – Ruakaka 13th January 2018

Sunset Beach had 9 teams competing at the Northern Region IRB Championships today.  The racing was fast and furious with a lot of the races being straight finals except for the U22 Men’s Races.  Sunset Beach retained their Top Northern Region Title with 77 points, 55 points clear of 2nd place Mairangi Bay on 22 points.

Sunset Beach’s Senior Men’s teams were the best performers on the day.  The Edwards brothers, Shane and Mark won 4 gold medals, chased hard by Lewis Powell and Hogan Shrimpton.  They then combined to win the Open Teams race.  In the women’s, Taylor Shrimpton and Jemima Ferrier had some close racing with the St Clair team but were the winners with 3 gold and a silver.

Judd Redmond and Jhett Hunt earned themselves 3 gold medals in the U22 Men’s,  hottly contested by the Mairangi Bay crews.

Here is a link to the official Results: http://lifesaving.org.nz/media/515531/Results-NR-IRB-Champs.pdf

Thanks to the Sunset Beach patients and Sunset Beach Officials who had a very busy day keeping up with all these teams.  A very successful event and great results.  Congratulations to all!


 

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Busy Christmas Day Managing Large Crowds

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Busy Christmas Day Managing Large Crowds

Sunset Beach Lifeguards spent a very busy Christmas Day managing large crowds looking to cool down after a hot day with family Christmas celebrations. For some of those it meant having a day at the beach for a picnic and family day. Some with too much Christmas cheer.
4pm with tide now heading out and the lifeguards had already done 7 assists, 101 preventative actions involving 425 people. Peak head count for the day was 240 persons and lifeguards had about 100 + people in the water from around 1pm

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Surf Life Saving New Zealand Surf Boat - Series 1 Mt Maunganui - 11th November

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Surf Life Saving New Zealand Surf Boat - Series 1 Mt Maunganui - 11th November

Sunset Beach U19 and U23 Men's Surf Boat Teams attended the1st of the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving Surf Boat Series at Mt Maunganui. The U23 team also attended the New Zealand Trials for the New Zealand Representative squad on the Saturday.  

This is their first year competing in the U23 competition and they did extremely well. Whangamata had a better day in the NZ trials but Sunday was all Sunset Beach crossing the line in prominent positions for both U19 and U23 to take out the 1st round of the series. Valuable points earned to carry to the next series at Whangamata on the 9th and 10th of December. Well done Sunset!

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2017 90 Mile Beach IRB Challenge - Sunset Beach 1st and 2nd Placings

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2017 90 Mile Beach IRB Challenge - Sunset Beach 1st and 2nd Placings

Sunset Beach Lifeguards have taken 1st and 2nd place in the endurance race along 90 Mile beach. Conditions were lumpy but the rain kept away during the race for the 36 teams that started the race.

Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards and Hogan Shrimpton were first to the finish line in 2.16 hours. 2nd place went to Lewis Powell, Taylor Shrimpton and Mikey Waldegrave with just a 3 minute gap between 1st and 2nd.

Robbie Shrimpton, Jack Morgan and Sam Hughes finished in 8th position. Glen Richards, Flynn Avery and Sam Coughlan finished 17th after flipping their boat but managing to reinstate with a new motor and finish the race.

Sunset Beach retained their first and 2nd positions from last year and top club with 398 points, Bethells with 214 points in 2nd place.

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Sunset Beach Lifeguards travelled to the Australia IRB Championships 2017 - Kingscliff Beach, NSW

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Sunset Beach Lifeguards travelled to the Australia IRB Championships 2017 - Kingscliff Beach, NSW

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service had 4 teams travel to Australia to compete in the 2017 Australian IRB Championships held at Kingscliff Beach, NSW, 14th to 16th July.   Competitors were: Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards, Taylor Shrimpton, Robbie Shrimpton, Hogan Shrimpton, Judd Redmond, Jemima Ferrier, Olivia Andrews, Lola Key, Samantha-Jane Harding and Samantha Coughlan.

With Australian IRB Nationals up 20% in participation, 164 men's teams, 83 women's teams, our teams did very well and we can be proud of these results. North Burleigh took out the Top Club award again for the 5th year in a row, congratulations to them and thanks for supporting our crews.

Here is the final results:
Male tube rescue semi final - Shane and Mark Patient Taylor 7th
Male teams semi final - Shane Edwards, Mark Edwards, Hogan Shrimpton and Judd Redmond (Patient)
Female team semi final – Taylor Shrimpton Jemima Ferrier, Robbie Shrimpton, Olivia Andrews, Samantha-Jane (Patient) 6th
Female Mass semi final –Taylor, Jemima, Patients Lola and Judd 2nd
Female Mass final 7th

Composite Relay team sunset and New Plymouth old boys 3rd in semi final but not allowed to race in final as composite team

The team is hosted and given loan gear from North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club.  A very big thank you for their support of our teams and congratulations to North Burleigh who were awarded Top Australian Club for the 5th year in a row.  The experience our teams gain from going to the Australian competitions is invaluable when it comes to experiencing and learning new techniques,  challenging themselves with different equipment and working on improving techniques from last years trip certainly paid off this year. Let’s hope Sunset Beach can continue their run at New Zealand Championships this coming season. 

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2017 Northern Region Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence

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2017 Northern Region Surf Life Saving Awards of Excellence

Trust Waikato Sunset Beach Lifeguards attended the 2017 Northern Region Awards of Excellence on Saturday 12th August at Shed 10, Auckland.

MC for the night was Malcolm Beattie who did a great job of getting through the night and all the awards up for contention.  Sunset had finalist nominations for:

Competition Team of the year – Taylor Shrimpton, Jemima Ferrier and Eva Imrie
Outstanding Contribution to Power Craft – Shane Edwards
Coach of the Year – Shane Edwards

Sunset beach had the winning finalists for Competition Team of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Power Craft.  Our very big congratulations and well deserved for all the hard work put in.  We applaud that your efforts were recognised and were obviously popular recipients.

We were also presented the Trophy for Northern Region IRB Champions and Carolyn Edwards was recognised for her contribution to surf lifesaving with a Service Award.

Once again an outstanding result for our club members and supporters.  Congratulations to the award recipients!
 

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Trust Waikato Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service Wins Top Club at Surf Life Saving NZ BP Surf Rescue Championships at Waipu Cove.

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Trust Waikato Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service Wins Top Club at Surf Life Saving NZ BP Surf Rescue Championships at Waipu Cove.

What a perfect way to end the season and retain the New Zealand Top Club Trophy for Surf Rescue.  Day two of the Surf Life Saving New Zealand BP Surf Rescue Championships saw Sunset securing 95 points to take the win from St Clair on 60 points.  Here is a link to Surf Lifesavings NZ media release: http://www.surflifesaving.org.nz/sport/news/details?f=2017/april/back-to-back-titles-for-bp-new-zealand-irb-championships-winner/

Trust Waikato Sunset Beach having been top club last season, were on show on TV 3 news hub on Saturday night, here is the link: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2017/04/surf-clubs-gunning-for-success-at-national-lifesaving-championships.html

Lewis Powell and Hogan Shrimpton were awarded the prestigious Arancia Trophy for Top Premier Team.  They also won the Housiaux Trophy for Premier Assembly and the Don Wright Cup for the Premier Single Rescue.  Shane and Mark Edwards missed out on the Top Premier Team by 1 point, what a close battle, the points could have swung either way.   This means Sunset Beach have the two top Premier teams in New Zealand.  What an achievement for our club.  Lewis and Hogan had 2 Gold and 1 silver medal.  Shane and Mark have 1 gold and two silver.  The two teams combined in the open teams race to win Silver medal, just piped at the post for some exciting racing.

Taylor Shrimpton retained her Top New Zealand Women’s Crew title with her crewman Jemima Ferrier.  This back to back win comes after a fantastic year of racing with new crewman Jemima.  Taylor and Jemima won 3 gold medals.  Robbie Shrimpton and Olivia Andrew won silver medal in the tube rescue and placed in another final.  This was their first year paired as a team and were well rewarded.

U21 Men had finals placings adding to the teams points.  Anton Baptist and Robert Graham earned silver medal in the Mass Rescue and stood on the podiemwith Judd Redmond and Jhett Hunt who won bronze.  Judd and Jhettalso won bronze in the Single rescue.

This back to back win feels one better than last year with our Premier Men’s teams stepping up and grabbing the title with excellent performances along with the Sunset women’s crews and other team points.  The win was never going to be a given with Sunset Beach on even points with St Clair after day 1. 

These were well deserved wins with hard work put into the training and management of these teams. Big ‘Thank you’ to Shane Edwards for all his hard work as coach and team captain.  Carolyn Edwards for her mangers role.  All the support crew Jonathan Ferrier, Steve Edwards, Jeff Shrimpton, Glennys Smith, Samantha Coughlan, Caitlin Stuart and Alex Stuart . The Officials, Robert Key and Roanne Gordan.  Our president Malcolm Beattie and the clubs committee have shown fantastic support.  There are many more who helped get these teams to best in New Zealand, we thank you all.

We would like to thank our sponsors Toyota Financial Services, Tuakau ITM, NZCT and Trust Waikato who have helped make this all possible.

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Sunset Beach Surf Boat Crews take National Titles at the  2017 TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships

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Sunset Beach Surf Boat Crews take National Titles at the 2017 TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships

Sunset Beach Surf Boat Crews take National Titles at the  2017 TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships held in Christchurch at New Brighton Beach, 17th - 19th March 2017

The Sunset Young Guns had superb conditions and weather at New Brighton to compete for the U19 Men’s Surf Boat Short Course and Long Course Titles. Having already earned the U19 Men’s NZ Surf Boat Series Gold Medal, they were hopeful to do well at Nationals.  The Sunset Hipsters were hot on their tales with Silver Medal for the U19 Men’s NZ Surf Boat Series.

The two teams from Sunset Beach have had an excellent year, trained hard and put in the hours on the Waikato River at Tuakau.  Their results at the Championships were outstanding.

The Sunset Young Guns are now the NZ U19 Men’s Surf Boat Champions. They performed well over their 5 races for each event and were awarded Gold medal for the Short Course and Gold for the Long Course.  The Sunset Hipsters chased hard and were awarded Silver medal in both the Short and Long Course events.  This made it a clean sweep for the Sunset Beach crews.

Ted Marsh (Coach and Sweep for the Young Guns) was immensely proud, “We had quite a bit of nerves going into Nationals.  It’s taken 5 years of dedication from this young team who started rowing at 14 years old to get to this standard to win the Gold Medals.  Last year we settled for Silver but were determined that wasn’t going to happen this year.  The wins were popular with the crowd with most of the boaties present at the ceremony having watched this team improve over the years.  A huge cheer went up, congratulating them on their win”.

The Sunset Hipsters with Mikey Waldegrave as Sweep had an excellent performance to earn the silver medals.  This being only their second year of rowing, we figure there must be a good amount of friendly rivalry between these two teams to enhance performance to do well.

Picture:  Sunset Young Guns on the podiem in first place with Sunset Hipsters in second

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North Island BP Surf Rescue Champions

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North Island BP Surf Rescue Champions

Sunset Beach Lifeguards Defended their title for Top Club.  Tough day out... with 87 points for Sunset and 71 points for Papamoa, Sunset Beach retained their North Island BP Surf Rescue Champions Title.  The annual event drew in 144 entries in the form of 63 crews from 12 different clubs around the country, including locals East End, Fitzroy, New Plymouth Old Boys and Opunake.  In flat conditions but some tough starting positions, Sunset earned 6 gold medals, 4 silver medals, 1 bronze medal. These were spread across U21 Men, Women, Open Men’s and Premier grades.

Taylor Shrimpton and crewman Jemima Ferrier won all their races, 3 Gold medals and were most consistent of the 11 women’s crews competing on the day.

Brothers Shane and Mark Edwards with patient Samantha-Jane Harding earned Gold in the final of the Premier men’s Assembly Rescue final taking on the elite of IRB racing.  Lewis Powell and Shane Edwards then combined to win Gold in the Tube Rescue for the Premier Men’s final after Mark Edwards was injured.

Senior Men’s team won gold in the Senior Men’s Tube Rescue (Jacob Pullen, Joshua Andrews and S J Harding) and with two Silver Medals were a real threat to some seasoned racers in their events.

In the U21 Men’s we had two teams competing.  Judd Redmond, Jhett Hunt, (Patients: Olis Fruh, SJ Harding, Carla Janse Van Resburg) won Silver in the Mass rescue.    Both teams have promise for the NZ Champs early April.

“It’s really great, we are feeling really good because it was touch and go for a while, with Papamoa right on our tails, so that kept us honest and working hard”, Shane Edwards.

Hard day at the office with Single Resues finals being cancelled for the day due to low tide.  Crews now have six weeks to build up to the 2017 BP Surf Rescue New Zealand Championships which are set to be held at Waipu Cove in Northland from April 1-2.

"We're sure to see these, and other crews from around the country, battle it out to become New Zealand's top IRB club," Event Manager, Todd Velvin

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Sunset Beach U19 Surf Boat Crew - North Island Champions

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Sunset Beach U19 Surf Boat Crew - North Island Champions

Trust Waikato Sunset Beach Lifeguard's had 2 x U19 Men's Surf Boat crews competing at the North Island Surf Boat Champs held at Waihi Beach 5th and 6th February. The Sunset Young Guns won the Gold Medal and are now the U19 North Island Champs. This was also part of the NZ Surf Boat Series so the win assured them of Gold Medal for the NZ Surf Boat Series. With Piha Big Wave to go in two weeks time on the 18th February, the Sunset Hipsters have to wait and compete to retain 2nd position in the series. Day two was the NZ Regional Surf Boat Challenge. Four regions competed for the trophy with Sunset Young Guns representing Northern Region U19 mens and Sunset Hipsters rowing for the Central Region. Northern Region retained their title winning gold and the trophy. Central Region were 4th.

Champion of Champions was then held with 24 teams competing for a position in the A, B and C grade final. Sunset Young Guns and Sunset Hipsters made the A grade final. The Sunset Young Guns with some awesome rowing came 2nd overall and Sunset Hipsters 5th. This was competing against senior teams.

Ted Marsh was proud of the performance of the teams. "Good performance all round by the Sunset Young Guns and Sunset Hipsters. Sunset Young Guns holding onto their NZ Title in the NZ Surf boat series and Hipsters in second place till Piha Big wave is testament to how these guys are rowing". "They represented their Regions well and have a huge respect amongst the senior teams as up and coming rowers. Sunset Beach can be proud of these young men!"

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