NZ surf lifesavers taste more success over ditch
New Zealand's world champion surf lifesavers basked in more glory at the interclub component of Rescue 2012 in Adelaide with rising star Devon Halligan, Chanel Hickman and Kevin Morrison experiencing more success before the biennial competition ended yesterday.
Sydney-born and raised Halligan, who switched her national allegiance to New Zealand in April, was a member of Manly's gold medal-winning tube rescue trio and the quartet that also reigned supreme in the oceanwoman relay.
The 19-year-old also took silver behind Australian legend Kristyl Smith in the surf race and just missed the podium when fourth in the two-person surf board rescue.
One of the busiest competitors at the event, Halligan was also 15th in the premier oceanwoman competition, won by Australian Brodie Moir.
Hickman, whose gold in the beach flags helped end Australia's domination at the team event on Glenelg Beach last weekend, shared another golden moment when she shared the beach relay title with three other members of the Kurrawa club.
Paul Cracroft-Wilson also secured silver in the beach relay and bronze in the beach flags for Kurrawa while Kiwi teammate and vice-captain Morrison was a member of the champion club Northcliffe.
The Gold Coast powerhouse overcame a 400-point deficit after Italy's Rane Rosse Aqvasport dominated the pool-based competition to bridge the gap on sand and sea.
They won the Kevin Weldon Trophy after amassing 775 points; Rane Rosse Aqvasport were second (682) and Germany's DLRG Halle-Saalekreis (526) were third overall.
New Zealand club's struggled in the open competition but there was success for Mt Maunganui in the oceanwoman relay when London Olympics K1 200 kayaking champion Lisa Carrington, French import Emmanuelle Bescheron, Holly Moczydlowski and Arna Wright finished third behind Halligan's Manly and Northcliffe.
Earlier at the South Australia Aquatic Centre Natalie Peat claimed silver in the under-20s manikin tow and Andy McMillan, who captained the Black Fins to world championship success, took bronze in the 200-metre obstacles.