St Clair surf life-savers (from left) Rachel Craythorn
(patient), Carla Laughton and Steph Laughton compete in the
world IRB championships in Adelaide. Photo by Barbara
You might say they are getting greedy but few could
begrudge the talented Laughton sisters their latest piece of
Steph (25) and Carla (28) claimed a world inflatable rescue
boat title on behalf of the St Clair club at the world
championships associated with Rescue 2012 in Adelaide on
With Rachel Craythorn on board as a patient, the sisters won
gold in the open women's tube rescue at Glenelg Beach.
It continues a remarkable period of success for the
Laughtons, who have won New Zealand titles in the pool, on
the beach and in IRB events, and can now call themselves
"It's a pretty amazing feeling," Steph Laughton said from
"We've got a lovely gold medal to bring home."
The tube rescue involved the Laughtons scorching out to an
off-shore buoy, with Steph at the controls.
Carla then swam 25m to "rescue" Craythorn and bring her back
to the boat, followed by the quick trip back to the beach.
"We had an awesome start and probably could have had it in
the bag," Steph said.
"But our pick-up didn't go so well. We were actually worried
we would finish as low as third."
Elation mixed with frustration as the Laughtons reflected on
a campaign that might have been even better.
They were part of the St Clair crew (Craythorn and Natasha
Scott were the other members) that finished eighth in the
mass rescue and 10th in the IRB rescue.
"Motor failure both times. We were so gutted," Steph Laughton
"We think we would definitely have won another gold medal if
we'd had a bit more luck."
The sisters are staying in Adelaide for a few days, then
heading to the Gold Coast.
Their next event of the summer is the eastern regional
championships at Ohope Beach on December 8-9.