Northern clubs dominate record-breaking Pool Championships

Sandra Burrow of Orewa Surf Lifesaving broke two world records at the national pool championships.

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Sandra Burrow of Orewa Surf Lifesaving broke two world records at the national pool championships.

An outstanding total of 55 New Zealand records were broken at the annual Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) Pool Championships at the weekend.

Orewa and Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club members were a part of this success.

Albany’s Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre was thriving from October 13-15 with 687 athletes and 33 surf clubs, including two from Australia.

Albnay's Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre was thriving.

Alana McIsaac

Albnay’s Owen Glenn National Aquatic Centre was thriving.

Orewa’s Sandra Burrow set a world record and beat her times from last year in the over-65 Masters 100 metre obstacle swim and the over-65 Masters 100 metre manikin tow.

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Last year Burrow set the world record in the obstacle swim with a time of 1.33.17 and this year she did it in 1.27.89.

A total of 55 records were broken at this years pool champs.

Alana McIsaac

A total of 55 records were broken at this years pool champs.

For the manikin tow last year she broke the world record with a time of 1.36.25 and this year her time was 1.28.88.

Surf Life Saving sport manager Mike Lord said he was delighted with the number of records being broken and said it shows how talented New Zealand’s lifeguards are.

“I have to congratulate Sandra on her world record. We’re all really proud of her achievements,” he said.

Hundreds of surf life savers took part in the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Pool Championships in the weekend.

Alana McIsaac

Hundreds of surf life savers took part in the Surf Life Saving New Zealand Pool Championships in the weekend.

Overall the Orewa SLSC managed to take third place following Piha and Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs with a total of 102 points.

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They also managed to take the win in the Masters division for the second time with a massive points haul of 120.

The Red Beach SLSC managed to place second in the Masters category.

There were around 400 races over the three days across age groups from 10-years to over 30-years-old.

The event races included rescue medleys, line throws, swimming with fins while carrying a rescue tube and ‘rescuing’ a manikin off the bottom of the pool.

Event manager Ross Merrett said the event was the most successful surf lifesaving pool event in New Zealand history.

“I look forward to seeing it get even bigger next year, everyone really enjoyed themselves,” he said.

The next event on the SLSNZ sports calendar is the DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge.

This event will see a variety of nations from around the world descend on Mt Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty to compete for country honours from November 30 to December 3.

For more information visit slsnz.org.nz/

 – Rodney Times

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