Three teams of New Zealand lifeguards will join their Australian and Turkish counterparts at Gallipoli next year for a special commemorative race marking the 100th anniversary of the bloody World War I campaign.
Eighty surf boats are expected to take part in an 80km race that will finish near the spot where Anzac troops landed in a barrage of Turkish gun and shell fire in 1915.
The Gallipoli 100 takes place on April 23-24 around the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and Gallipoli Peninsula.
Auckland lifeguards from the Muriwai and Red Beach clubs are among crew members who will race in shifts and will also attend an Anzac Day centenary service.
One of them, Andrea Gerrard, says training is already under way.
"Once we saw the guidelines and realised we would be able to do it we put our hearts into it."
The Gallipoli 100 is endorsed by the Australian Surf Rowers' League and some of the surf boats being shipped to Turkey for the event will be gifted to Turkish surf life saving authorities at the end of the commemorations.
- Rodney Times
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