Club pride on the line

00:39, Feb 05 2013
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Fitzroy's Michael Watts takes off in the under-16 men's board race.

Taranaki's surf lifesavers, both young and old, were out in force at New Plymouth's Fitzroy Beach at the weekend.

On Saturday, the Taranaki championships attracted big entries from the province's four clubs - New Plymouth Old Boys, East End, Fitzroy and Opunake - with the Taranaki IRB champs on Sunday morning at the same venue.

Also on Sunday morning was the Fitzroy junior carnival catering for surf lifesavers from 14 years down to the nip nips - seven years and under.

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Top club at the Taranaki champs was East End on 126 points, with Fitzroy second on 98. Old Boys came in third on 55, with Opunake on 27.

Glenn Anderson, from New Plymouth Old Boys, picked up four individual wins in the open men's competition with firsts in the ski race, the board race, the surf race and the ironman.

Fitzroy's Rebecca Cole also had a good day with wins in the open women's ski race, where she headed clubmate Sarah Wilson, and the ironman.


Wilson gained some revenge with a win over Cole in the board race.

Ayla Dunlop-Barrett won the open women's surf race.

East End's Javon McCallum won the open men's beach flags as well as the under-16 men's event. He also claimed the under-16 men's beach sprint title and finished second to Scott Murfitt, Old Boys, in the open men's race. Murfitt also picked up the under-19 men's title, while the open women's beach flags was won by Fitzroy's Katie Watts with Olivia Eaton first home in the open women's beach sprint.

Taranaki Daily News photographers Andy Jackson and Jonathan Cameron captured some of the action.

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