Welcome to our April newsletter.

With our weekend patrols over, our members are now getting geared up for a season of winter sport and cooler weather. Thanks to all of our volunteers for doing such a great job across the club this summer.

If you or someone you know wants to become a lifeguard in the 2018/2019 season, we will commence training closer to the summer months. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information or email

Recent Events

Capital Coast Intermediate Lifeguard School | Candidates from clubs in the Central Region recently attended a two day lifeguard camp held at Titahi Bay. The course included a variety of lifesaving activities and was designed to provide junior lifeguards with skill development, knowledge and further understanding to develop as a lifeguard. Modules included rock work, board and tube rescues and lifesaving scenarios.

Congratulations to Liam McVicar who was selected as the Top Candidate by the course instructors and mentors!
Commonwealth Games - Bronagh Ryan | We would like to extend a huge congratulations to Titahi Bay clubbie Bronagh on her performance at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Bronagh qualified for the Games in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke events and as the breaststroke leg in the 4x 100m Medley Relay. Although she swam well in every event, a highlight was her 50m Breaststroke heat where she swam a new personal best time and qualified for the semi-final! We are sure that this will be an experience she will never forget and are so proud of her results.
Porirua Grand Traverse | It was great to see Titahi Bay clubbies getting out and participating in the Porirua Grand Traverse this month. This event was held in our neck of the woods, showcasing Porirua's hills & harbour, bush and beaches and provided options for rookies to experienced racers. Congratulations to the following athletes on their results and well done to all who participated!
  • Lizzy Bunckenburg - 1st Open Female
  • Team 'Sponge Bob Slow Pants' (Angie Keen & Alan McVicar) - 1st Open Mixed Team
  • Kyle Lang - 4th Open Male
Lizzy's win was hard-fought, having to beat off a painful foot injury but made sweeter by adding 2018 to her 2015 and 2016 wins in a time of 5hrs 29min 29secs.
Oceans'18 - Orewa | Our team had put in a whole lot of work by the time it was time to travel to Orewa in Auckland to compete at the U14 New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships, dubbed ‘Oceans’. Team members were considered eligible based on their attitude, attendance and performance at thrice-weekly trainings.
Months of training paid off for the athletes and coaches with many of the team placing in finals and finishing with a total of three medals on the overall tally. The final day of competition was called off due to poor water and weather conditions leaving a handful of events uncontested. Congratulations to all athletes including: 
  • Thomas Mahoney - SILVER, Under 11 Male Beach Sprint
  • Thomas Mahoney - BRONZE, Under 11 Male Beach Flags
  • Kaya McMahon, Phoebe Campbell and Briana Trewern - BRONZE, Under 12 Female Board Relay
Nationals - Midway | The seniors then travelled to Midway to compete in either the surf boat or craft arena over the four day competition, contesting titles in board, ski, swim, running and rowing events.

Congratulations to the following athletes and crews on their results:
  • Todd Grace and Phoebe Wills-Grace - GOLD, Mixed Open Double Ski
  • Phoebe Wills-Grace - SILVER, U16 Female Ski Race
  • Brett Richardson - SILVER, Masters Run Swim Run
  • Liana Findlater - SILVER, Masters Beach Flags & BRONZE, Masters Beach Sprint
  • Open Women - SILVER, Long Course
  • U23 Men - GOLD, Long & Short Course
  • U23 Women - SILVER, Short Course
  • U19 Men - SILVER, Long Course & BRONZE, Short Course
  • U19 Women - GOLD, Long & Short Course
  • Surf Boat Relay Team (OW, U23M, U19M) - GOLD
Top Surf Boat Club 2018 - Titahi Bay SLSC
Overall Club Points - 7th
The surf boat crews enjoyed plenty of success amongst spills and thrills, bringing home nine medals between the five crews including the coveted Surf Boat Relay title. These results led to the eventual winning of the New Zealand Top Surf Boat Club trophy for the third consecutive year. Those fresh off their canoe racing seasons also showed strength in many of the surf ski events, advancing through to finals.
Young Sunshine Coast-based club member Phoebe Wills-Grace (16) showed dominance in the U16 Women’s arena, progressing through to the U16 Women’s Ski Race final and claiming second place in a video finish. Phoebe later went on to create club history with Todd Grace (41), the father-daughter team consisting of both the oldest and youngest competitors in the field who took out the Open Mixed Double Ski Race.

Thanks to all of the team management who ensured that the event went smoothly for the competitors, it was a great way to close the season and a fantastic effort by all.
Club Days | It was fantastic to see so many of our club members down at the club for our monthly Club Days this season. Thank you to our Tribal Chiefs for organising the activities and running the show - Glen Jones, John Wesley-Smith and Carl Jones, you guys are awesome! Thanks also to all the kitchen hands who prepared our outstanding club dinners each month! We have some very entertaining video footage of the tribe challenges which will be leaked onto our You Tube channel soon...

Coming Up

Club Prize Giving | We invite all of our life, senior and associate club members to our annual Senior Prize Giving to celebrate and recognise our members achievements this season. The doors will be open from 6:00pm and dinner will be provided followed by music. Please advise the committee if you will be attending.
Dress code - we'll keep it classy this season with semi-formal wear please. 
IRB Training | Winter training for prospective crewmen and IRB drivers will be starting in the off season, ready to hit the ground running when summer and exams roll around later in the year. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for dates and times or get in touch with us for more information.
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