Omaha junior lifeguards storm Orewa

U14 boys flag champions, from left, George Barnao, Jackson Whitaker and Max Matthews.

Omaha Beach Surf Lifesaving Club junior lifeguards won 13 titles at the northern region championship at Orewa Beach last month.

The club got a clean sweep in the U14s flag race, taking the top three spots.

Jackson Whitaker, Max Matthews and George Barnao took gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
Whitaker was on top form, also claiming gold in the beach sprint race.

Whitaker, Matthew and Barnao then teamed up with club mate Tom Butler for the beach sprint team relay race and took another gold.

Other notable performances included Zac Donaldson taking gold in the U11 boys surf race and Fraser Walker taking silver in the U13 boys surf race.

Omaha placed fourth overall in points for the 2021 Cath and Eddie Millar Cup at the event. A total of 23 junior lifeguards from the Omaha club attended.

Coach Rohan Whitaker says that bumper contingent is a reflection of the growth in the club’s junior numbers

A team of nine will represent Omaha at the national Oceans 21 championships in Mt Maunganui.

Jackson Whitaker, first in U14 beach sprint and first in U14 flags. Max Matthews second in U14 flags; George Barnao, third. Fraser Walker, second in U13 surf race. Alex Worth, second in U12 beach sprint. Luke Matthews, third in U12 flags. Zac Donaldson, first in U11 surf race. William Coombe third in U11 beach sprint.

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