Beach diggers & castle makers

03:24, Feb 18 2013
Grace Rodger
Grace Rodger, 11, ( centre) is very happy to collect her prize of a scooter.
Sandcastle competition
Sandcastle competition
Rheana McNabb
Rheana McNabb, 17 and Sally Morgan 17, have won a soft toy dog
Ruby Campbell
Ruby Campbell digging with her feet to give her arms a rest.
Jens Noe
Jens Noe digs deep
Digging in the sand
The big dig begins
Digging in the sand
Racing for the best spot to dig in
Jasmine Jarvis
Winners of the Alien category are the Jarvis children: Jasmine 15, Oliver 10, Ben 11 and Sammy 13.
Entry in the Most Creative sandcastle competition.
Brooke Harper
Winner of the Most Creative category is the ultimate fishing experience made by Brooke Harper, 5, and her dad Graig Harper.
Shannen Rietveld
Tuatara by Shannen Rietveld 17, Nicole Irvine 18 and Sarah Porter 18 won first in the Adult category
Flynn Schroder
Winners of the Family category is this lighthouse built by the Schroder family: Flynn 9, Lesley, Harry 9 and Geoff Schroder.
Beth Hurley
Beth Hurley 9, Rebecca Montgomery 9, Charlotte Montgomery 6
Troy adams
Turtle : Troy Adams, Tarquin Townsen-Arbuckle 7 and Amber Townsend.
Jessy Lyster
Team Aaron: Jesse Lyster, 10, Aaron Lyster, Deanna Lyster, 8 with their sandcastle that came second in the Family category.
Richard Seaton
Toilet designed by The Dubstep Dinosaurs : Adam Rattray 13, Harrison Cook 13, Nicholas Meiklejohn 13, Aidan Brown 13 and Richard Seaton 12.

The overcast weather did not keep the crowds away from the beach yesterday as more than 200 people headed to White's Bay, near Rarangi, for the More FM annual Beach Day.

The crowds enjoyed the big dig, searching in the sand for tokens for 100 prizes. There was also the sand-sculpting competition, where sculptures of meteors and mermaids were matched against traditional sandcastles and even a family portrait.

Lesley Schroder, whose family won the family team category of the competition with their lighthouse creation, said the day had been a fun end to a weekend camping at the Bay. The Blenheim family had been to the beach day for the past few years, she said.

This was the first year they had been serious about their entry in the sculpture competition, she said, but they had not expected to win anything and their prize, including a family weekend away in Hanmer Springs, was a huge bonus.

Husband Geoff Schroder spotted the idea for the lighthouse on the internet while trying to come up with ideas for the competition last week, but he said the sculpture had been a team effort with their children Harry, 9, and Flynn, 3, surprisingly good at helping build the lighthouse.


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