St Clair's Fairweather winner at nationals

Erika Fairweather has led the way for St Clair at the national under-14 surf life-saving championships.

The 14-year-old had a hand in all four of Otago's medals at the championships- also known as Oceans 18 - which were held at Orewa Beach, north of Auckland, from March 1 to 4.

She claimed three gold medals in the women's under-14 grade and was part of the mixed under-14 beach relay team which won bronze.

That team also included Mereana Martin, Aidan Macrae and Marshall Macready, who were all among the contenders in individual events, too.

Martin came in fifth in the under-14 women's surf race, in which St Clair had two of the top five competitors.

Macrae and Macready finished fourth and fifth respectively in the under-14 men's beach sprints and Macrae was also fifth in the beach flags.

Grace Creighton was another among the contenders in the under-14 grade, finishing fourth in the board race.

The club also finished finished fifth in the under-14 Grand Cameron relay.

Erika was not the only Fairweather to cause a ripple, as her sister Jade went close to a medal, finishing fifth in the under-13 women's surf race.

Samuel Stedman was fourth in the under-13 men's diamond race and fifth in the board race.

St Clair also finished fourth in the under-13 mixed beach relay.

The club finished 16th overall, its medal-winners accumulating 10 points towards the overall standings.

Mount Maunganui was the winner, with 46 points.


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