Two of surf lifesaving’s future stars kept their medal haul humming on the second day of the Oceans 15 New Zealand under-14 championships in Mount Maunganui today.
With two golds each on the first day, Orewa’s under-14 athlete Lucy Makaea and Mairangi Bay’s under-12 pocket-rocked Astaria Te Aukura were back on the dais on day two, as finals in board rescue and mixed beach relay were decided.
Makaea added to her titles in beach flags and run-swim-run with another gold, this time in the board rescue, pairing with Bernadette Doyle to head home Waikanae’s Georgie Pitkethey and Brooke Willock and Lyall Bay’s Alaynah Bettany and Ella Kingi. Makaea narrowly missed another medal in the final event of the day too, with her under-14 mixed beach relay finishing fourth in the final.
Te Aukura, meanwhile, picked up bronze in the beach relay final, linking with Aimee Johnson, Duke Larsen and Benjamin Reshef as they finished behind the Red Beach and Omanu teams.
The diminutive 12-year-old has high hopes for the weekend too, where she hopes to emulate the four golds she won last year.
“I won the beach flags, surf race, board race and diamond race last year and I’d really like to do as well this year,” Te Aukura said.
She has the ideal mentor too, in the form of a senior Mairangi Bay ironwoman star and reigning world champion: “Danielle McKenzie is my idol – she’s just cool and strong and one day I hope to do what she’s done.”
The 800 athletes competing in the carnival had a busy day, although a dropping half-metre swell allowed them to get through a heavy programme unhindered.
Defending champions Omanu came storming home in the beach relays, winning three golds and a silver in the four finals, to take the lead in the overall points tally.
The Bay of Plenty club pulled six points clear of Orewa, with Red Beach and Papamoa close behind. Red Beach’s under-12 beach relay team of Ethan Anderson, Sakura Gardiner, Angus Henare and Grace Ryan collected their only gold of the day, while Papamoa relied on Lewis Farr and George Mano’s board rescue heroics to lift them up.
U14 Boys Board Rescue. Papamoa B (Lewis Farr/George Mano) 1, Orewa Black (Levi Ata/Leon Pearson) 2, Waihi (Thomas Carter/Tim Smith) 3.
U14 Girls Board Rescue. Orewa Blue (Bernadette Doyle/Lucy Makaea) 1, Waikanae B (Georgie Pitkethey/Brooke Willock) 2, Lyall Bay A (Alaynah Bettany/Ella Kingi) 3.
U11 Mixed Beach Relay. Omanu (Thomas Gadsbey/Scarlett Glover/Grace Scott/Gus Shivnan) 1, Papamoa (Grady Forbes/Blake West/Ashlyn Koce/Manaia Peina) 2, Orewa Blue (Jack Benney/Noah Makaea/Natalie Burke/Maddison Savage) 3.
U12 Mixed Beach Relay. Red Beach (Ethan Anderson/Sakura Gardiner/Angus Henare/Grace Ryan) 1, Omanu (Brooke Batters/Tanner Baxter/Lucia Cook/Baxter Kirk) 2, Mairangi Bay (Aimee Johnson/Duke Larsen/Benjamin Reshef/Astaria Te Aukura) 3.
U13 Mixed Beach Relay. Omanu (Brooke Batters/Mitchell Irwin/Colby Brennan/Armanii Martelli) 1, Piha (Molly Brittenden/Sophie Clark/Ben Gregory/Joseph Vujcich) 2, Waikanae (Charlie Dods/Michael Pickett/Christy Tate/Brooke Willock) 3.
U14 Mixed Beach Relay. Omanu (Ben Blackwell/Ella Pollock/Sophie Sandford/Colby Brennan) 1, Red Beach (Bronson Gleye/Charlotte Hall/Couper Jones/Aneka Mittendorff) 2, Wainui (Bree Allan/Adam Donaldson/Saffi Vette/George Zame) 3.
Points after two days: Omanu 26, Orewa 20, Red Beach 19, Papamoa 18, Mt Maunganui 10, Mairangi Bay 7, Piha 5, Lyall Bay 5, Maranui 5, Waikanae 4, Westshore 4, Wainui 4, East End 3, Worser Bay 3, Fitzroy 2, St Clair 2, Taylors Mistake 2, Otaki 2, Whakatane 2, Waimairi 1, Bethells Beach 1, Waihi Beach 1.
Caption: Mairangi Bay’s Astaria Te Aukura helps her team to third in the under-12 beach relay at the Oceans 15 New Zealand under-14 championships in Mount Maunganui today. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services