Junior lifesavers return with medals

22:36, Feb 06 2014
On the beach: The Rarangi junior surf lifesaving team. Back row, from left, Roy Seaton (coach), Richard Seaton, Louise Brown, Abbey Brown, Geena Langlois, William Smith, Jacob Babb, Glenn Brown (manager/coach).

Junior members of the Rarangi surf lifesaving team picked up nine medals at the southern region junior surf championships at New Brighton on February 1-2.

The small club, based at Whites Bay, picked up three silver and six bronze medals, with most team members making it into the top 10 in their events.

They were up against 400 of the best competitors from the southern region, which comprises the whole of the South Island from Tasman to Dunedin.

Competing in two-metre waves and strong currents, the Marlborough competitors showed their strengths in the surf swim, with Abbey Brown and Geena Langlois finishing second and third respectively in the under-13 female age group. Erika Babb finished third in the surf swim and run, swim, run among the under-11 female age group.

William Smith also finished third in the surf swim and the run, swim, run for the under-12 male section. Louise Brown finished third in the run, swim, run in the under-12 female age group.

The Rarangi contingent's success wasn't confined to the water - they also shone in the beach events. Richard Seaton came second in the under-14 beach sprints, and Abbey Brown finished second in the under-13 beach flags.

The team are now looking forward to competing at the national junior championships at Mt Maunganui on February 20-23, which will feature over 1000 competitors.


The Marlborough Express