2016/2017 Patrol Stats to date

Voluntary lifeguard hours patrolled - 5158.25
Rescues - 3
Major First Aids - 10
Searches - 9
Preventative actions -                                   1116
Public Involved - 4276


Junior Surf 2017 prizegiving

Saturday 8 April saw junior surf members gather at the club for the final day of the season, Junior Surf prize giving.
Trophies are awarded on a points sytem which members accumulate over the season for acheivments at club days and carnivals. There is some hot competition every year for these coveted trophies and the recognition of being the best in the group or most improved. Sportsmanship is amongst the awards given each year & this is a great trait for our juniors to have heading through the club towards becoming a lifeguard and volunteering on the beach, as well as an important part of their sport.

Congratulations to the trophy winners, to those who acheived some personal bests and to those who had a great year.
Full results list here

Thank you to the volunteers that made junior surf happen every week, your time & input is priceless.

Orewa 2nd in Northern Region Rookie Challenge

Under the careful tuition of Mark 'Doc' Johnston Orewa's Rookie team brought home silver medals from the Northern Region Rookie Challenge competition held 26 March 2017.

The team competed in a range of lifesaving based events including first aid scenarios, theory papers, & rescue races. Team work was paramount as all sections were team based.

Congratulations team & thanks Doc for your training & support.

Back row L to R : Mark 'Doc' Johnston, Nathaniel Shipton, Angus Kirkman,  Ben McConnell
Front row L to R : Kendra Stinton,  Sakura Gardiner

5th at National Champs
A massive logistical effort to coordinate the transportation of 2 Surf Boats, 30 rescue boards, 25 surf skis’, a team of 60 athletes and their families & supporters was well rewarded by the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Clubs performance at the National Champs held at New Brighton, Christchurch last weekend.
The team delivered a very respectable 5th place performance overall in much colder South Island conditions then they are typically used to be competing and training in.
Interim Head Coach Ben Parker is delighted with the continued performance of the squad – “I am more than stoked to come in 5th overall - It was an amazing weekend in Christchurch and although we faced freezing temperatures and less than ideal conditions we put in one of the best efforts by an Orewa squad in recent history

Gold U16 Men Ski Race Hamish Lockie
Gold U16 Men Board Relay Hamish Lockie, Sam Reinen, Levi Ata
Gold U16 Women Surf Race Lucy Makaea
Gold U16 Women Run Swim Run Lucy Makaea
Gold U16 Women Taplin Relay Lucy Makaea, Macey Franich, Holly Skinner
Gold U23 Men Short Boat Course Chargers - Ryan Carrigan, Ethan Hutchinson, Callum Thomason, Jasper Ballantyne, sweep Mark McCarthny
Gold Masters 50-54 Ski Race Sharon Campbell
Silver U16 Men Board Race Hamish Lockie
Silver U16 Women Diamond person Lucy Makaea
Silver U16 Women Board Rescue Lucy Makaea, Holly Skinner
Silver U19 Men Board Race James Scott
Silver U19 Womens Short course Boat Baby Blues - Maddie Fergus, Sarah Hogg, Vanya Franich, Ashleigh Paotama, sweep Mark McCarthny
Silver U19 Womens Long course Boat Baby Blues -Maddie Fergus, Sarah Hogg, Vanya Franich, Ashleigh Paotama, sweep Mark McCarthny
Silver U23 Women Short course Boat Aces - Courtney McConnell, Sylvie Mitchell, Emma Nesbit, Kayla Fuemana, sweep Stu Handford
Silver Masters 50 -54 Beach Sprint Sharon Campbell
Silver Masters 50 -54 Ironwoman Sharon Campbell
Silver Masters 200+ Jets - Tony Olsen, Brendan Coghlan, Warwick Sisson, Mark McCarthny, sweep Benny Larsen
Bronze U16 Men Board rescue Hamish Lockie, Levi Ata
Bronze U16 Women Board race Lucy Makaea,
Bronze U16 Women Rescue Tube rescue Lucy Makaea, Jemma Langman, Macey Franich, Holly Skinner
Bronze U19 Men Double Ski James Scott, Kees Ursem
Bronze U19 Women Beach sprint Annelise Lockie
Bronze U23 Men Long course Boat Chargers -Ryan Carrigan, Ethan Hutchinson, Callum Thomason, Jasper Ballantyne, sweep Mark McCarthny
Bronze U23 Women Long course Boat Aces- Courtney McConnell, Sylvie Mitchell, Emma Nesbit, Kayla Fuemana, sweep Stu Handford
Bronze Masters 50 -54 Board race Sharon Campbell

Oceans 17
Junior Surf B and C group members,10-13 year olds, attended the NZ Junior Surf Champs held at Mt Maunganui 2 - 5 March 2017.
Four long hot days led to some very pleasing results for the athletes, bringing the club in to finish 12th overall out of the 26 clubs competing. Huge thanks go to the athletes, coaches, managers, officials, parents & supporters for making this event happen for our younger members.

Congratulations to the following medal winners

GOLD U11 Mens Surf Race Kailen Brackebush
  U13 Mens Sprint Josef Andrews
  U13 Mixed Beach Relay

Josef Andrews, Noah Makaea, Ciara O'Neill, Aimee Hendren

SILVER U11 Mens Board Race Kailen Brackebush
  U13 Womens Board Race Sian Bester
BRONZE U14 Womens Beach Flags Sakura Gardiner
  U14 Womens Board Relay Sakura Gardiner, Kate WIgnell, Sian Bester

Orewa take out top honours at Northern Regional Champs 25+ 26 February 2017

Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club continue to build on their sporting success with a very convincing win at the Northern Region Surf Lifesaving Championships held at Omaha Beach 25 & 26  February .

Orewa SLSC secured a massive 235 points, 51 points ahead of second place Red Beach. Points were accumulated across the boat, canoe, beach and surf craft arenas with athletes ranging from under 16 year olds to Masters competitors.

Whilst there were many impressive individual performances, it was the collective effort of the Teams that really shone for the Club. The Lifesaver Relay – an exciting multi-discipline and multi age group event – was a real highlight.  Orewa took out both the Gold and Bronze medal placing’s which demonstrated the depth of skills and capability the Club has built.

Top honours in the boat arena went to the U23 Mens team - The Chargers and the U19 Womens crew – The Baby Blues – who took out Gold medals in both the long and short course boat races. The U23 Womens crew – The Aces – also enjoyed a great day at the beach with a Gold in short course and the Silver in the long course.

In the beach and craft arenas, the Club were awarded 16 Team golds and another 16 individual gold medals. Lucy Makaea and Ella Drinnan each took home an impressive 3 individual golds, with James Scott & Eve Thomas each taking out 2 individual gold medals. Brandon Pearson, Hamish Lockie, Annelise Lockie, Levi Ata, Jack Wilson and Cole Drinnan also all secured individual gold medals.

Interim Head Club Ben Parker couldn’t be prouder of the efforts of the Orewa SLSC team. “I am extremely proud with how the squad raced this weekend at Omaha. Everyone really stepped up for their teammates and their club and the results speak for themselves” Parker went on to add  “Club spirit is at an all time high and I am really excited for the upcoming Nationals championships”.  Parker also acknowledged the role that all the supporters of the Orewa SLSC play at events like this saying that “this result couldn’t have been achieved without them”.

Best ever performance at ERC's

A collective Team effort across the boat and beach arenas saw Orewa SLSC place 4th in the Eastern Regional Surf Lifesaving Chaps held over Anniversary weekend at Mount Manganui Beach. This marked a best ever performance from the Orewa Club at this prestigious event on the Surf Lifesaving calendar. read more

Orewa Surf boat crews selected for Northern Rep. Squad

Congratulations to two of our surf boats crews who were selected to represent Northern Region in the New Zealand Representative Surf Boat Challenge on 5th February 2017
Under 23 Men : Callum Thomason, Ethan Hutchinson, Jasper Ballantyne , Ryan Carrigan, sweep - MArk McCarthny
Under 19 Women : Ashleigh Paotama, Sarah Hogg, Vanja Franich, Maddie Fergus, sweep Mark McCarthny

Selected to represent the Southern region are the Under 23 womens crew : Emma Nesbit, Courtent McConnell, Kayla Fuemana, Sylvie Mitchell, sweep Stu Handford

All the very best for the upcoming races, we look forawrd to watching the teams performances.

Orewa continue fine form at SLSNZ Pool Champs

Following on from the Northern Region pool champs, Orewa sent a strong team to the SLSNZ pool champs at the Sir Owen G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre at AUT Millennium in Auckland last weekend, 7-9 October 2016. 603 athletes from 30 clubs, including some from Australia, attended the competition, with events such as manikin carry, line throw and swim with obstacles. The championship tests the athlete's rescue capability and helps competitors of all ages train for surf-based rescues in a more controlled environment.

Orewa finished 2nd overall, behind Mt Maunganui Surf Club, in the junior & open combined section, and placed first on overall points in the masters section. A number of NZ records were broken by our juniors, seniors & masters over the weekend. Fantastic results from the whole team! Thank you to all of our athletes, supporters, coaches & officials who made up part of the team to acheive such amazing results.

For full results & event info see SLSNZ website

Pictured below are some of our medal winning juniors (L) and winning masters team (R)

Orewa dominate at Nothern Region Pool Champs : 10-11 September @ AUT Millenium
Fantastic results gained by Orewa members saw us with top points overall in the junior section and the senior section last weekend. Masters were not far behind, finishing second in their points table. These scores combined to give Orewa top overall points across all clubs, as well as take home the Cosgrove Trophy for top Northern Club for the second year running.
Massive congratulations to all who raced and were involved. A huge thank you must go to coaches Cole Drinnan & Andrew Trembath, as well as all the managers and helpers.
For full results see SLSNR website

Surf Life Saving Northern Region announce 2016-2017 High Performance Squad
Amongst the high performance squad announced this week are 9 Orewa athletes set to represent our region. This shows the skill and commitment level of some of our young athletes and sees them recognised by Northern Region as some of the best in their age group.
Selected from Orewa are
U16 : Kara Drinnan, Levi Ata, Lucy Makaea
U19 : Annelise Lockie, Ella Drinnan, Stefan Powney, James Scott, Kees Ursem
Open : Jack Wilson
Congratulations to these members, we wish you all the best representing Northern Region this season.
For full team selection see Surf Life Saving Northern Region website

Orewa Surf Life Saving Club is to be awarded the Gudsell Trophy - the SLSNZ National trophy awarded to the club with the highest number of Surf Lifeguard Awards gained. Orewa President, John Chapman, will accept the trophy at the SLSNZ AGM on 24 September. The last time the club won this award was in the mid 1980’s.
The club is incredibly proud of the volunteer instructors that have worked hard training over 47 club members to become lifeguards this year. We’ve had a wide range of ages taking part, with a huge surge in the number of over 40’s completing their awards. This brings a huge breadth of experience into the club and bodes well for the future.

ERC Pool Champs
Congratulations to the memebrs who competed in the Eastern Region Pool Champs last weekend, 13 & 14 August 2016. Although a small squad attended Orewa SLSC finished a handy 4th overall.
Link to Orewa results

Orewa to host Ocean Athletes in 2018

Orewa SLSC has been successful with its bid to host the Ocean Athletes surf carnival in March 2018.
This process has taken nearly 12 months and was led by Dave Shanks.  Well done to Dave on a positive result for your efforts.
Dave will lead a group which will be charged with organising the event in conjunction with Surf Lifesaving New Zealand.
Hosting a national sport event is a contestable process with interested clubs having to bid for hosting rights.  A lot of work goes into that process.
The club acknowledges the tangible support we received from Mark Mitchell (Rodney MP), the Hibiscus Bays Local Board (in particular Julia Parfitt and Janet Fitzgerald), Destination Orewa (Hellen Wilkins) and ATEED.  We also thank our neighbouring clubs (Red Beach and Mairangi Bay) for backing our bid.
This is a huge event for our club and the Hibiscus Coast.  It will be the largest sporting event held on the Coast for nearly 30 years.  It is also the first time that a national championship event has been held in Auckland since 1988 (also at Orewa).
We expect in excess of 1,000 athletes will attend over the 4 days the event is held.
Given that we have hosted the regional Age Group Champs for a number of years, which attracts up to 700 athletes, the club is well experienced in hosting an event of this size.
This event will be a great opportunity to show case our club to the wider community.
We will keep you up to date as the event approaches.

Resource Consent approved

The Board was pleased to announce at the Annual General Meeting that we have finally been granted Resource Consent for our new building.  The news was met with rapturous applause from those in attendance.
This is a huge step forward in our planned rebuilding project and means that we now have a “live” project.
A huge thank you to Zane Taylor and the Building Committee who have been plugging away with Council for a number of years to get us to this point.
The next step in the process is to have final land owner (Council) consent.  We already have “in principle” approval from the Hibiscus Bays Local Board and only need to agree terms of a new lease for the building.  We hope to have that finalised by September.
We would like to acknowledge the active support that we have received from Mark Mitchell (Rodney MP), Councillors Wayne Walker, John Watson and Penny Webster and the Hibiscus Bays Local Board (in particular Julia Parfitt and Janet Fitzgerald) who have all helped us considerably through the process.
The actual start of the new building is still likely to be 3 years away (depending on funding) – but will be worth the wait!!

Orewa Recognised at Northern Region Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to our members who were named as winners in their nominated categories at the recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence:

- Lucy Makaea U16 Sportswomen of the Year
- Grace Kaihau U19 Sportswoman of the Year (jointly with Hannah Williams from Piha)
- Tom Burgess Developing Surf Coach of the Year
- Faron Turner Instructor of the Year
- Nick Tomkins (Orewa), Jackson Smith (Red Beach), Leilani Fuemana & Simone Hollier (United North Piha) and Duncan Clarke (Piha). -      Rescue of the Year

The club was aslo awarded
- Orewa NR Masters Competition Club of the Year
- Orewa Cath & Eddie Millar Cup
- Orewa Junior Club of the Year
- Orewa NR Pool Champs

And well derserved recognition was awared to
Shane Burke & Warwick Sisson -Service Award
Dave Shanks & Tom Burgess -Distinguished Service Award
John Chapman - Life Membership

L to R : Shane Burke accepting the Cath & Eddie Millar cup, U16 Sportswoman Lucy Makaea, Tom Bugess accepting the NR Masters Competiton Cup (photos from SLSNR facebook)

Lifeguards recognised through NZ Search & Rescues Awards

On Tuesday 24 May 2016 the Hon Craig Foss, Associate Minister of Transport presented the 2015 New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council Awards. These awards are presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievements. read more




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