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Sweet win for Mount juniors

05 March 2017

Sweet win for Mount juniors


Mount Maunganui’s next generation of surf lifesavers farewelled a beloved event and created a little bit of history on the last day of the Oceans 17 New Zealand under-14 championships today.

The team from Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service showed nerves of steel on the final day to win their first Oceans crown in 14 years, collecting 56 points over the four days, 14 clear of defending champions Omanu, with Waihi Beach and Waikanae third-equal on 28.

It was Mount’s fourth title in total, having won the first three from 2001-03, and also capped a unique treble.  For the first time in history, one club holds the junior, senior and pool championship trophies, although Mount’s senior team will head to Christchurch next week attempting their fifth successive win and their seventh in the past eight years.

With the Oceans event moving to Orewa next year, the hosts were determined to shine on a fourth straight day of sunshine and swell and they even managed to extend their lead after going in nine points ahead of Omanu and Waihi Beach.

For Mount board paddler and Otumoetai College student Ella Pomare, it was also a sweet early birthday present; she turns 14 later this week, having finished off the under-14 agegroup in style.

“It’s pretty cool, knowing we were part of a team that’s the best in the country and having the whole club support us,” she said.

Final day stars included Daniel Shanahan (under-14) and Tarquin Magner (under-13), who both won their surf race finals, with Shanahan completing a stellar Oceans career by winning the under-14 diamond race too.

Jai Knight captured the under-12 boys board race crown, Mount Maunganui teams picked up silver in both the under-12 and under-14 Grand Cameron relays, while Zac Reeder won bronze in the under-13 diamond race.

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