Wave of junior lifeguards hits Omaha Beach for champs

More than 300 junior lifeguards from 14 clubs competed in calm conditions at Omaha Beach on a hot weekend for the northern regional junior surf lifesaving championships.

Omaha surf club took 23 titles.

Title winners included Finlay Walker, who came second in the U14s beach flags, third in the U14s beach sprint and third in diamond race.

His brother, Fraser Walker, came first in the U12s diamond race and U12s surf race.

Jackson Whitaker came first in the U13s beach sprint, while George Barnao came third.

Luke Matthews came in second in the U11 beach sprint and third in the U11 beach flags.

Omaha also came third in the U14s men’s relay race.

From Mangawhai, Sarah Pow came third in the U12s beach sprint, while Maia Gorst came second in the U13s beach sprint.

The senior surf lifesaving championships will also be held at Omaha Beach, on the weekend of March 22-23.