Papamoa surf life savers have made a resounding splash across the Tasman collecting 23 medals at the 2013 Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Brisbane.
Held at the Sleeman Sports Complex during the weekend, the 15-strong team produced an outstanding performance winning seven gold, six silver and 10 bronze medals.
Mason Pickering in action at the 2013 Australian Pool Rescue Championships. Photo: www.harvpix.com
Led by Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club head coach and New Zealand Development coach Kurt Wilson, the nine Papamoa members, four New Zealand development members and two South Brighton members, got into the winning rhythm early claiming seven medals on day one.
Competing in a range of events including the 200m super lifesaver, 100m manikin tow with fins and 100m rescue medley the extensive medal haul is the best in the club’s racing history in Australia reflecting the talent and ability of the athletes.
Ahead of the competition, coach Kurt Wilson said the aim of crossing the Tasman for the competition was to expose some of the newer athletes to the high level of competition in Australia with Rescue 2014 only 12 months away.
Some of the highlights of the competition included New Zealand team member Natalie Peat, who is off to the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan next month, smashing the under-19 100m Manikin Tow with fins setting a new Australian record of 1 minute 3.90 seconds.
Under-20 team member Ben Johnston won silver in the under-17 Super Lifesaver and New Zealand Development Squad member and Sumner Surf Life Saving clubbie Brittany Tucker won gold in the under-17 50m with fins.
Papamoa Surf Life Saving Club administrator Anita Trappitt says it is a wonderful achievement for the club and it is always god for Kiwis to do well on Australian soil.
“We are just absolutely rapt with the showing of our team members and really pleased with a star in our coaching department.
“It’s really just helping foster these young ones and helping them achieve their goals and get international recognition.”
Ben Johnston, Michael Bryant, Mason Bryant, Justin Pickering, Mason Pickering, Jacob Hales, Seth Merrett, Daniel Hart, Natalie Peat.
New Zealand development squad:
Jessie Schneiders (St Clair), Brittany Tucker (Sumner), Kelsi Boocock (Red Beach), Hannah Williams (Red Beach).
Millie Johnstone, Samantha Holland.
U15 women. Hannah Williams 4.
U15 men. Justin Pickering 11
U17 women. Brittany Tucker 5, Kelsi Boocock 6, Jessie Schneiders 7, Millie Johnston 8.
U17 men. Ben Johnston 3, Jake Hales 5, Daniel Hart 8, Mason Bryant 18
U19 women. Natalie Peat 3, Samantha Holland 5.
U19 men. Mason Pickering 8, Seth Merrett 9.
4 x 50m obstacle relay
U19 women Papamoa (Jessie Schneiders/Hannah Williams/Brittany Tucker/Natalie Peat) 2.
U19 men. Papamoa A (Ben Johnston/Danny Hart/Jake Hales/Michael Bryant) 2. Papamo B (Mason Bryant/Masion Pickering/Seth Merrett/Justin Pickering) 6.
200m super lifesaver
U17 women. Kelsi Boocock 9, Jessie Schneiders 12, Brittany Tucker 14, Millie Johnston 15.
U17 men. Ben Johnston 2, Daniel Hart 5, Jake Hales 6, Mason Bryant 10
U19 women. Natalie Peat 1, Samantha Holland 5.
U19 men. Mason Pickering 3.
U17 women. Papamoa B (Millie Johnston/Jessie Schneiders) 5.
U17 men. Papamoa A (Jake Hales/Mason Bryant) 7.
U19 men. Papamoa A (Seth Merrett/Michael Bryant) 3. Papamoa B (Mason Pickering/Justin Pickering) 4.
50m manikin carry
U15 women. Hannah Williams 3.
U15 men. Justin Pickering 3.
U17 women. Brittany Tucker 4, Kelsi Boocock 10, Millie Johnstone 25, Jessie Schneiders 27.
U17 men. Ben Johnston 4, Jake Hales 5, Mason Bryant 6, Daniel Hart 15.
U19 women. Natalie Peat 3, Samantha Holland 7.
U19 men. Michael Bryant 5, Mason Pickering 8, Seth Merrett 9.
4 x 25m manikin carry
U19 women. Papamoa (Natalie Peat/Kelsi Boocock/Hannah Williams/Brittany Tucker) 1.
U19 men. Papamoa A (Mason Bryant/Ben Johnston/Mason Pickering/Michael Bryant) 1. Papamoa B (Daniel Hart/Justin Pickering/Jake Hales/Seth Merrett) 3.
100m manikin tow with fins
U15 women. Hannah Williams 4.
U15 men. Justin Pickering 8,
U17 women. Jessie Schneiders 8, Brittany Tucker 12, Millie Johnston 26, Kelsi Bookcock 28.
U17 men. Ben Johnston 2, Jake Hales 6, Daniel Hart 7, Mason Bryant 17.
U19 women. Natalie Peat 1, Samantha Holland 6.
100m manikin carry with fins
U15 women. Hannah Williams 10.
U15 men. Justin Pickering 5.
U17 women. Brittany Tucker 6, Millie Johnston 15, Jessie Schneiders 22.
U17 men. Ben Johnston 4, Jake Hales 7, Daniel Hart 12, Mason Bryant 15.
U19 women. Natalie Peat 2, Samantha Holland 7.
U19 men. Mason Pickering 7, Seth Merrett 8.
50m freestyle with fins
U15 women. Hannah Williams 13.
U15 men. Justin Pickering 8.
U17 women. Brittany Tucker 1, Millie Johnston 14, Kelsie Boocock 19, Jessie Schneiders 23.
U17 men. Jake Hales 5, Ben Johnston 9, Daniel Hart 17, Mason Bryant 30.
U19 women. Natalie Peat 1, Samantha Holland 8.
U19 men. Mason Pickering 6, Seth Merrett 8.
100m rescue medley
U17 women. Brittany Tucker 5, Kelsi Boocock 10, Jessie Schneiders 15, Millie Johnston 17.
U17 men. Ben Johnston 3, Jake Hales 5, Mason Bryant 10.
U19 women. Natalie Peat 1, Samantha Holland 4.
U19 men. Michael Bryant 5, Mason Pickering 6.
4 x 50m medley relay
U19 men. Papamoa A (Ben Johnston/Daniel Hart/Jake Hales/Mason Pickering) 2, Papamoa B (Mason Bryant/Seth Merrett/Michael Bryant/Justin Pickering) 4.
U19 women. Papamoa (Natalie Peat/Kelsi Boocock/Brittany Tucker/Jessie Schneiders) 2.