Fitzroy Focus

Taranaki vs Northern Districts

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Oakura Beach was busy with competition this weekend.

The Northern District clubs put together a strong team to come down and challenge the best of our region in a one off competition. With a slightly different angle to the usual carnivals, this event was fast, interesting and exciting. The sun came out, but unfortunately so did a pesky breeze, and as usual Oakura rolled in a few good waves to add to fun.
The Northern guys eventually got the better of us, but everyone was a winner with extra practice as we count down the weeks to Nationals. Thanks goes to the Aucklanders’ for making the effort to travel, and for being such good sports. And thanks to the officials for once again being there to make it all happen. That was Saturday. Sunday we did it all again.
This time the competition was NPOB carnival. The weather was a scorcher, with the breeze dropping, but the surf rising. With a few big sets coming through and a mean beach dump, there were a few casualties amongst the competitors. The Auklanders returned for day two, and once again took the honours. East End finished second, with us third, ahead of NPOB.

Junior Central Regional Champs

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Also at Oakura on Saturday, for the first time a Junior Central Regional Championships was held. With teams of under 14’s coming from as far afield as Ocean Beach Kiwi, the event was a scale up from the local carnivals, and a good rehearsal for Oceans.

Eastern Regional Champs

The main beach at Mount Maunganui will be the stage for ERC’s next weekend.


This is one of the largest surf life saving competitions in New Zealand, and runs all the same events as Nationals.
Already there are over 900 athletes entered from 39 clubs.
Fitzroy will travel over on Friday with a team of 26 competitors.

On a very sad note, our thoughts are with Hamish’s family, and all the life guards at the Mount, as well as the other clubs that helped.

Congratulations to New Lifeguards

Carla Moore, Toby Larsen, Moritz Padrutt, Nedas Gavutis, Ryan Clough, Sophie Crewe, Rebecca Livingstone and Sasha Reid. Anja Padrutt gained patrol support. All took part in a week long overnight camp Thanks to Dave Bentley, Adam Fraser , Rhys Clarke, Trent, and Andy for your expertise this week!

This Week’s Reminder

Wear your lifeguard uniform with pride.
Remember what it represents and all the work it took to earn it. You should be visible in it on patrol, and nowhere else.


Alison Cole
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