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Kate heads to SLS Worlds

Kate Wignell, U16 Surf Sports Athlete, to Represent Orewa Club at the Surf Life Saving World Championships 

Orewa Clubbie, Kate Wignell will travel to Adelaide at the end of November to compete at the beach and pool events in the U19 Youth category, in the surf swim, board race, beach sprints, and all the individual rescue events in the pool.  Kate will be competing against some of the most elite athletes in the World, and the experience she will bring away from this competition, will hopefully put her in good stead for the season ahead.

Kate finished the 2017/2018 season off with an impressive swim as part of the gold medal winning U16 Taplin Team event at the National Surf Life Saving Champs held at Midway Beach, Gisborne.  And secured a Silver medal in the U16 beach sprint relay team. 

Throughout the Winter months, Kate has continued to train in the pool with impressive results from the many competitions held during the pool champs season.  As part of an Orewa Squad who travelled to the Queensland Pool Champs in July this year, Kate found podium positions in her favoured individual rescue events, matching and out-swimming in some cases, her Australian counterparts. 

The Northern Region Pool Champs held early September, seemed to set the bench-mark for Kate’s continued success, coming away with 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze, plus podium finishes in many of the team events.  One month later, Kate was competing at the NZ Surf Life Saving Pool Champs, and again, supporting her team mates to gold medal success, as well as finishing 3rd in the U16 100m Manikin Carry, one of her favoured disciplines.

Kate’s determination and drive is proving to be inspirational to the many younger athletes at Orewa Surf Life Saving Club.  Juggling her school studies, pool and beach trainings, and volunteer hours on life guard patrol, Kate embraces all these challenges and has a smile as big as her personality!

We wish Kate all the success she deserves at the World Life Saving Champs, Go Kate!

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