In the news
Whangarei Heads Guards regularly feature in the news and in Regional and
National Sports events. One is now Internationally ranked on the World
body boarding circuit, one has been to Nepal as a NZ Youth ambassador
and the NZ Womens Hockey Team is also seeing our presence. One is at Med
school (3rd Year), One doing a Physiotherapy degree, another a food science
degree and another guard is working his way through a Paramedic degree
at Auckland Uni. Up there Whangarei Heads!
Heads LifeGuard rescues 3 on Wellington Beach.
people just can't take a holiday. Whangarei Heads surf lifeguard
Dave Waugh - who never goes anywhere without his flippers - was
on holiday in Wellington when he rescued a 120kg man and two boys drifting
towards Cook Strait.
The rescues were the first this summer at Lyall Bay, a popular surf beach
next to Wellington Airport, and happened on a day when no local lifeguards
Mr Waugh said the group had drifted offshore on a windy December 28, when
he just happened to be there checking out one of the country's oldest
But with the clubhouse locked and not a lifeguard in sight, Mr Waugh quickly
switched from holidaymaker to rescuer.
He sprinted 200m along the sand then swam about 500m to rescue the struggling
father and his two sons.
Mr Waugh said there were about 50 swimmers and 200 people on the shore
but none had noticed their plight.
The man, who weighed about 120kg and was in his mid-30s, was on a child's
small inflatable raft, without paddles. His two sons, aged about 14 and
eight, were on boogie boards without flippers.
"They just drifted further and further out from the shore until they
were in the grip of the wind and were drifting out to sea."
When he reached the group they were starting to get worried and tired
- "the dad was quite embarrassed,'' said Mr Waugh.
With the two boys holding on to the back corners of the raft and kicking
and the man trying to paddle, Mr Waugh towed them back to shore.
The family "mumbled a few thanks" then left.
He said the group should not have been using the toy boat in the ocean
and should have had flippers.
Dave said he was "quite surprised" that the Lyall Bay club was
closed on a public holiday when his own Whangarei Heads club was staffed
"I walked right around (the clubhouse) but the building was completely
locked ... If I hadn't been there they would have died of hypothermia
in that water ... They would have ended up in the South Island,'' he said.
Nathan Hight, manager of Surf Lifesaving Wellington, said although it
would have been "great" to have a surf patrol working every
day, Lyall Bay surf club's operations manual had not required a three-man
team to be there that day.
He said volunteer lifeguards were in short supply - something he blamed
partly on Wellington's notorious weather.
"Because the weather's nicer up there (in Northland) and it's a bit
warmer, they get more people wanting to do it," he said.
The rescue had been the first at Lyall Bay this summer.
Kathryn Powley - the Northern Advocate
Heads lifeguard and Northlander, Caroline Stuart's selection
in the the 24-strong Black Sticks squad last week continues a fine family
tradition in the goalkeepers position.
The former Northland age-group player received a call from Black Sticks
coach Ian Rutledge last week saying she had been picked in the national
squad for the first time.
"I was standing in the middle of the cafe between (medical school)
lectures and Ian rang and said I was in.
"... I was shocked, I nearly had palpitations. It was quite unexpected,
not for another year at least,'' she said.
"It meant the next couple of hours of lectures were pointless because
I wasn't listening.''
A former Northland age-group goalie and 2004 North Harbour NHL player,
Stuart, 20, headed to Auckland three years ago to begin her medical studies.
However she plans to head back to Whangarei when her studies are over
in about three years time.
It may then be a case of Stuart vying for a place in the Northland NHL
team with her younger sister, also a lifeguard at Whangarei Heads
VSLSP, Nicky Howes, who was one of Northland's goalies this season.
"I'm not sure what Nicky will say about that,'' she said.
The pair follow a family tradition of goalies with their older sibling's
Justine and Adam playing for Northland under-18 teams from the goalmouth.
With the Champions Trophy tournament in Argentina next month clashing
with her medical studies she was unavailable for Black Sticks selection
in that tournament. Instead Wellington's Beth Jurgeleit and Manawatu's
Anita Wawatai will be the goalies for the tournament.
The retirement of veteran goalkeeper Helen Clark after the Olympics meant
Stuart's selection was made with the future in mind.
"Ian basically said he wanted to develop me, he wants me to put pressure
on the other two keepers,'' Stuart said.
"He knew when he picked me that I had exams and he didn't expect
me to make myself available (for the Champions Trophy) so that was good.''