Welcome to the last newsletter for 2015! Christmas is just about here which means warmer weather and for most of you, hopefully more time at the beach! Wherever you get to these holidays please take care of yourselves and others and we look forward to seeing you at the beach in the New Year!
The patrol season officially started at the end of November and by now most teams have run their first patrol. If you haven't been refreshed please contact Nick to get this done as soon as possible. If you can't attend your patrol make sure you find a replacement and let your patrol captain know.
All patrolling members will be sent an email from the SLSNZ database giving them access to the new Member Portal. Once you have your username and password you can log in and see your upcoming patrols, your awards and update your details.
If you haven't already, download the SLSNZ App from the App or Play Store. The 'PAM' link will take you to the Portal home page to log in with your username and password.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Saving club member Rob Magner. Rob gained his Surf Lifesaving Award (or Bronze Medallion) at Lyall Bay in December 1950. He held various club and district level positions over his time involved in the organisation and was awarded Service Awards recognising these contributions, including a Surf Life Saving New Zealand Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Our thoughts are with Diane, Chris and family at this time.
Congratulations to Marty McDowell who scooped up the Kapi-Mana News Elite Award at the recent Porirua Sports Awards. This award recognised his top efforts in surf life saving and kayaking over the year - well deserved!
European Cup Results - Steven Kent
Orange Cup - Netherlands 1st - 100m Rescue Medley (1.02.99)
1st - 200m Obstacle Relay (1.0.26)
2nd - 200m Obstacle Swim (1.56.14)
3rd - 100m Manikin Carry with Fins (47.62)
3rd - 4x50m Rescue Medley Relay (1.33.06)
German Cup - Germany
1st - 200m Obstacles (1.55.59)
1st - 4x50m Obstacle (1.37.06) (World Record)
2nd - 100m Rescue Medley (1.01.21)
3rd - Super Lifesaver (2.09.50) (New Zealand Record) Steve Kent took out top male competitor for the event.
Whitehorse #1 - Titahi Bay
Unfortunately it wasn't the nicest of weather for the first event on the Capital Coast senior sport calendar. Competitors from around the Wellington area headed to Titahi Bay where the battle for the prestigious Whitehorse trophy kicked off. Thanks to everyone who supported the carnival and ensured that it ran smoothly - it was great to see so many clubbies officiating, marshalling, event guarding, catering and competing!
Junior Surf #1
Worser Bay hosted the first junior carnival and despite a touch of wind and considerably lower water temperature, the Titahi Bay Nippers had some great results over the day! Thanks to all of the age managers for helping getting the competitors to the right arenas on time and all the parents who helped out on the day!
NZ Surf Boat Series
Titahi Bay were represented by three crews at the first round of the NZ Surf Boat Series held at Lyall Bay. Conditions at Lyall Bay were flat with the odd little swell and a less than ideal offshore cross wind. The U23 women's crew (Tim, Georgia, Tracey, Kathryn and Tessa) placed 1st in their age group and the Open Men's crew (Wil, Chris, Jordan, Brett and Jono) placed 3rd. The newly-formed U23 men's crew (Kyle, Arwyn, Mikey, Bradd and Jamie) raced solidly with consistent placings throughout the day. Thanks to the Titahi Bay clubbies who braved the Lyall Bay wind and jumped on trailers when they needed moving, shared their baking and cheered the crew's on!
Brooklyn Saunders, Maya and Luisa Stillwell and Ally Jones attended the event last weekend along with around 600 other competitors, mainly from the North Island. Conditions were dead flat and the girls were faced with having to choose between water and beach events. Luisa, Maya and Brooklyn all finished beach flags in the top 15 after surviving either three or four rounds while Ally competed in the surf race. In the beach arena Maya placed fifth and Luisa sixth in the sprint. All four girls did the board race, narrowly missing out on advancing from heats to semis. Brooklyn did the diamond, placing fifth in her heat, eighth in her semi and ninth overall in the final. She backed up the diamond with a solid performance in the ski race, coming in first place in her heat and finishing fifth in the final. Well done to the girls on their racing!
We couldn't be happier with how the first half of the season has gone - our Sunday sessions have been awesome, we are seeing heaps of success and improvements at carnivals and all of our Nippers are getting involved and having fun - exactly what junior surf is all about!
After Christmas we start to build towards some big events on the calendar - the new Central Region Junior Champs and annual Riversdale carnival are both on in January, followed by the Capital Coast Junior Champs in February. The biggest junior surf carnival in New Zealand (Oceans'16) then kicks off in March.
Thanks to those who attended our last Nipper session for the year, including the big man in red himself - Santa! Check out the photos below of his entrance and lolly scramble!
Nippers starts back in January - make sure you like us on Facebook for all summer updates: Titahi Bay SLSC Nippers.
The second Capital Coast Whitehorse carnival is this Sunday at Paekakariki, racing kicks off at 9am. Events include Board and Ski, Surf Race, Ironman and Taplin (3ppl), Beach Flags, Long Course Boat and Canoe. All points towards the Whitehorse trophy.
The Boaties head off to Whangamata for the second round of the NZ Surf Boat Series on the 2nd January. If you're holidaying up around the Coromandel at that time come check out what is always a fun day of racing.
Entries for the Central Region Championships at Waimarama Beach close with Margaret on Wednesday 30th December at 9am.
In the Spotlight: Tim Marsden
Tim gained his Surf Lifeguard Award in 1995 and is the current Titahi Bay SLSC club captain. He represented New Zealand in surf boat rowing in 2005, 2007 and 2011 and is the sweep of the under 23 women's crew.
Training and Development Manager for Interislander Dream job?
Still searching for it Favourite NZ beach?
Titahi Bay and Waihi Hobbies?
Driving Wendy (my 1963 EH Holden Station Wagon). Searching the internet for cars. Doing a wee bit of Crossfitâ€¦ Favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere in the Bay of Plenty or Coromandel. Favourite thing about Surf Life Saving?
Surf Boat competitions. Looking forward to this season?
Winning lots of Surf Boat competitions.
Merchandise is still available for sale. Contact Suzette McVicar for more information or check out the Merchandise Page on our website.
Whitehorse #2 (Paekakariki) 20 December 2015
NZ Surf Boat Series Round 2 (Whangamata) 2 January 2016
Whitehorse #3 (Lyall Bay) 13 January 2016
Central Region Champs (Waimarama) 16 January 2016
Central Region Junior Championships (Oakura) 23 January 2016
Junior Surf Carnival #3 (Otaki) 31 January 2016
Photo of the Month goes to @littlemissteesh for her snap of our nippers at the Worser Bay carnival! So much green!