Wily Clarke collects plenty of surf gold

Published
26/01/2020
 
 
 
Rachel Clarke's carefully honed lifesaving instincts promise to make 2020 a huge year, both on and off the beach.

The 29-year-old Mairangi Bay surf lifesaver and ocean paddler dominated the Eastern Regional championships in Mount Maunganui over the weekend, collecting a clutch of medals including the open women's ironwoman and ski race titles.

Rachel Clarke on her way to victory in the ironwoman at the Eastern Regional surf lifesaving championships in Mount Maunganui today. 

Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media

She's also got a big year looming in her professional life - as a diplomatic protection officer with the New Zealand Police, she has an election looming, promising plenty of work.

She has the ocean ski paddling world championships to prepare for in Portugal in September, while she also has unfinished business at surf lifesaving's national titles in Gisborne in March, a week after her 30th birthday.

"My goal is to win an open women's ski title, which I still have not done, and I'm going to keep going until I can do that," Clarke said.

The closest she's come is second two seasons ago, to her illustrious Mairangi Bay teammate Danielle McKenzie, but Clarke feels that, like a fine wine, she's getting better with age.

"I definitely think I'm racing smarter these days, especially with my recovery and nutrition and what I do in between races like staying out of the sun."

There was plenty of sun to contend with at the Eastern Regional champs, with Bay of Plenty temperatures soaring past the 30deg mark.  It made for an exhausting schedule for the nearly-850 athletes, who competed across three days in a range of lifesaving disciplines.

Clarke's ironwoman title was no fluke - this year the 10th anniversary of her breakthrough as a surf athlete when she won the under-19/open ironwoman national championship double in Gisobrne - but it doesn't get any easier, having to fend off teammate Sam Rowe and Camille Rosa-Perrotteau (Mount Maunganui) with strong ski and board legs.

She also added team golds in the ski relay, the board relay, the surf teams and the taplin, after kick-starting the perfect ski weekend by winning the women's double ski with Samalulu Clifton and the mixed double ski with her fiancé Sam Mayhew.
She didn't have it all her own way, however, settling for bronze in the open women's surf race. That was won in extraordinary fashion by Omanu prodigy Lucy Bartlett, still a week short of her 15th birthday, with 17-year-old Lucy North (East End) grabbing silver.

Other key results saw another Omanu star, national representative Max Beattie, take out the open ironman and surf race double, though he had to settle for third in the board race final behind national champion Scott Cowdrey (Papamoa) and Mount Maunganui's Lincoln Waide. Waide also finished second in the ski race final, behind East End's Joel Meuli.

Papamoa's Kodi Harman took out the open men's beach flags/beach sprint double in an impressive display, edging out fellow national representative Murdoch Finch (Omanu) in both the finals.  Harman also paired with Aidan Smith, Mitch Cowdrey and Scott Cowdrey to win the open men's beach relay.

Whangamata's Maddie Kidd won the open women's beach flags from Mount Maunganui's Alicia Wilson, while Waikanae's Briana Irving again dominated the beach sprint arena, winning both the under-19 and open women's titles and helping her club win the beach relay.

Lyall Bay (open women) and Waimarama (open men) won the coveted long-course canoe titles, although Opotiki edged Lyall Bay for the short-course women's title and Lyall Bay were too strong in the short-course men's final.

For the 10th year in a row, hosts Mount Maunganui took out the overall club points crown, pulling well clear on a dominant final day to win by a massive 76 points from Omanu.  It's also Mount's 12th win in the past 15 years.
 
 
 
 
2020 Eastern Regional Championships 
Mt Maunganui. 24th to 26th January
 
2km Beach Run
Open Male. Nicholas Wilson, Mt Maunganui 1, Sam Bodnar, Omanu 2, Thomas Dodds, Opotiki 3.
Open Female. Sarah Lockwood, Wainui 1, Jessica Lane, Red Beach 2, Natalie Wilson, Whangamata 3.
U19 Male. Finbar Chesney, Lyall Bay 1, Harry Low, Mt Maunganui 2, Campbell Gray, Westshore 3.
U19 Female. Ruby McSweeney, Omanu 1, Lucia Cook, Omanu 2, Jessica Lane, Red Beach 3.
U16 Male. Alex Manning, Whakatane 1, Jakob Currin, Red Beach 2, Jayden Earley, Omaha Beach 3.
U16 Female. Lulu Johnson, Mt Maunganui 1, Anna Bassett, Lyall Bay 2, Suya Haering, Mairangi Bay 3.
 
Beach Flags
Open Male. Kodi Harman, Papamoa 1, Murdoch Finch, Omanu 2, Harrison Bond, Omanu 3.
Open Female. Madison Kidd, Whangamata 1, Alicia Wilson, Mt Maunganui 2, Briana Irving, Waikanae 3.
U19 Male. Harrison Bond, Omanu 1, Seven Mapu, Waikanae 2, Tanner Baxter, Omanu 3.
U19 Female. Briana Irving, Waikanae 1, Anna Manning, Whakatane 2, Rebecca Barron, Mt Maunganui 3.
U16 Male. Oska Smith, Waikanae 1, Corban Watson, Ocean Beach Kiwi 2, Jack Feaver, NPOB 3.
U16 Female. Lulu Johnson, Mt Maunganui 1, Marissa Porteous, Red Beach 2, Sophia Birdsall, East End 3.
 
Beach Relay
Open Male. Papamoa (Kodi Harman/Aidan Smith/Mitch Cowdrey/Scott Cowdrey) 1, Omanu (Murdoch Finch/Harrison Bond/Kiahi Horan/Tanner Baxter) 2, Mt Maunganui (Jacob Friday/Cyril Senften/Daniel Barron/Nicholas Wilson) 3.
Open Female. Waikanae (Jamie Gedye/Madeleine Wilson/Briana Irving/Christy Tate) 1, Mt Maunganui (Sophie Lynskey/Alicia Wilson/Ella Apps/Murphy Waide) 2, Red Beach (Chelsea Grant/Marissa Porteous/Jessica Lane/Renee Benney) 3.
U19 Male. Omanu (Harrison Bond/Tanner Baxter/Kiahi Horan/Sam Jones) 1, Ocean Beach Kiwi (Reece Akuhata/Wesley Akeripa/Adam Bibby/Zethan Bennett) 2, Red Beach (Angus Henare/Patrick Makgill/Akira Gardiner/Ethan Anderson) 3.
U19 Female. Waikanae (Briana Irving/Madeleine Wilson/Christy Tate/Jessie Kapene) 1, Red Beach (Renee Benney/Freya Dooley/Jessica Lane/Marissa Porteous) 2, Mt Maunganui (Olive Abrahams/Rebecca Barron/Olive Pearce/Maya Carr-Manoit) 3.
U16 Male. Ocean Beach Kiwi (Corban Watson/Llewellyn Ward-Leikis/Brandon Shadbolt/Angus Dew) 1, Red Beach (Akira Gardiner/Ethan Anderson/Jakob Currin/Coby Moratti) 2, Bethells Beach (Phoenix Nelson/Hohaia Pouri Hone Whiu/Fin Reddington/Tyler Inglis) 3.
U16 Female. Mt Maunganui (Sophie Lynskey/Maya Carr-Manoit/Murphy Waide/Lulu Johnson) 1, Ocean Beach Kiwi (Cleo Roderick/Monique Poa/Elle Lovatt/Grace Akeripa) 2, Mt Maunganui (Olive Abrahams/Mia Gardiner/Kyra Addison/Caitlin Pringle) 3.
 
Beach Sprint
Open Male. Kodi Harman, Papamoa 1, Murdoch Finch, Omanu 2, Daniel Rippon, Piha 3.
Open Female. Briana Irving, Waikanae 1, Jamie Gedye, Waikanae 2, Sophie Lynskey, Mt Maunganui 3.
U19 Male. Wesley Akeripa, Ocean Beach Kiwi 1, Seven Mapu, Waikanae 2, Harrison Bond, Omanu 3.
U19 Female. Briana Irving, Waikanae 1, Jordan Grylls, NPOB 2, Ava Smith, Wainui 3.
U16 Male. Oska Smith, Waikanae 1, Corban Watson, Ocean Beach Kiwi 2, Angus Dew, Ocean Beach Kiwi 3.
U16 Female. Sophie Lynskey, Mt Maunganui 1, Grace Akeripa, Ocean Beach Kiwi 2, Sophia Birdsall, East End 3.
 
Board Race
Open Male. Scott Cowdrey, Papamoa 1, Lincoln Waide, Mt Maunganui 2, Max Beattie, Omanu 3.
Open Female. Ava Smith, Wainui 1, Hayley Cox, Lyall Bay 2, Georgie Pitkethley, Waikanae 3.
U19 Male. Joe Collins, Fitzroy 1, Ben Regan, Taylors Mistake 2, Luther Maxwell, Otaki 3.
U19 Female. Molly Shivnan, Omanu 1, Ava Smith, Wainui 2, Astaria Teaukura, Mairangi Bay 3.
U16 Male. Jayden Murphy, Mt Maunganui 1, George Wenman, Orewa 2, Jonty Evans, Wainui 3.
U16 Female. Kate Rogers, Red Beach 1, Sian Bester, Orewa 2, Pippa Nicol, Lyall Bay 3.
 
Board Relay
Open Male. Mt Maunganui (Lincoln Waide/Daniel Hart/Declan Dempster) 1, Papamoa (Scott Cowdrey/Mitch Cowdrey/Jack Bullock) 2, Mt Maunganui (Daniel Barron/Hamish Miller/Patrick Bird) 3.
Open Female. Mairangi Bay (Sam Rowe/Rachel Clarke/Samalulu Clifton) 1, Waikanae (Georgie Pitkethley/Lauren Pickett/Christy Tate) 2, Wainui (Hannah-Jayne King/Ava Smith/Stella Smith) 3.
U19 Male. Waikanae (Nathan Proctor/Lachie Falloon/Clayden Hope) 1, Red Beach (Blake Readman/Lachlan Nicholls/Te Maia Pihema) 2, Orewa (George Wenman/Angus Kirkman/Samuel Reinen) 3.
U19 Female. Wainui (Ava Smith/Stella Smith/Hannah-Jayne King) 1, Mt Maunganui (Olive Pearce/Rebecca Barron/Isabella Akroyd) 2, Orewa (Macey Franich/Sian Bester/Kate Wignell) 3.
U16 Male. Mt Maunganui (Jayden Murphy/Caleb Cobb/Zachary Reeder) 1, Wainui (Jack Keepa/Jonty Evans/Hue Cowie) 2, Whakatane (Ben Moir/Michael Esterhuizen/Cambell Julian) 3.
U16 Female. Mt Maunganui (Mia Gardiner/Murphy Waide/Olivia Carr-Manoit) 1, Red Beach (Kate Rogers/Hannah Turner/Ella Butler) 2, Waikanae (Briana Ingoe/Jessie Kapene/Summer Rolston) 3.
 
Board Rescue
Open Male. Mt Maunganui (Hamish Miller/Daniel Hart) 1, Mt Maunganui (Declan Dempster/Patrick Bird) 2, Piha (Jamie Peterson/Oscar Williams) 3.
Open Female. Waikanae (Georgie Pitkethley/Lauren Pickett) 1, Lyall Bay (Hayley Cox/Pippa Nicol) 2, Mt Maunganui (Tessa Bradley/Camille Rosa-Perotteau) 3.
U19 Male. Mt Maunganui (Daniel Shanahan/Harry Low) 1, Piha (Harry Dufaur/Jack Dufaur) 2, Fitzroy (Joe Collins/Caleb Brimelow) 3.
U19 Female. Mt Maunganui (Olive Pearce/Rebecca Barron) 1, East End (Lucy North/Julia Padrutt) 2, Waikanae (Edan Wilson/Ella Van Kregten) 3.
U16 Male. Wainui (Jack Keepa/Jonty Evans) 1, Mt Maunganui (Zachary Reeder/Jayden Murphy) 2, Omanu (Gus Shivnan/Manning Baxter) 3.
U16 Female. Red Beach (Kate Rogers/Hannah Turner) 1, Waikanae (Summer Rolston/Briana Ingoe) 2, Mt Maunganui (Mia Gardiner/Olivia Carr-Manoit) 3.
 
Double Ski
Open Male. Mt Maunganui (Daniel Hart/Lincoln Waide) 1, Taylors Mistake (Tom Mouldey/Ben Regan) 2, Mairangi Bay (Jonathan Reshef/Danny Morrison) 3.
Open Female. Mairangi Bay (Rachel Clarke/Samalulu Clifton) 1, Mt Maunganui (Camille Rosa-Perotteau/Vittoria Borgnino) 2, Taylors Mistake (Kate Regan/Lucy Stroud) 3.
Open Mixed. Mairangi Bay (Samuel Mayhew/Rachel Clarke) 1, Mairangi Bay (Travis Mitchell/Samalulu Clifton) 2, Orewa (James Scott/Macey Franich) 3.
U19 Male. East End (Kaden Brock/Moritz Padrutt) 1, Westshore (Daniel Brown/Hamish MacKy) 2, Papamoa (Leon Castle/Liam Moffatt) 3.
U19 Female. East End (Julia Padrutt/Molly Baker) 1, Mairangi Bay (Aotea Clifton/Astaria Teaukura) 2, Piha (Lucy Makaea/Liana Sykes) 3.
 
Ironman
Open Male. Max Beattie, Omanu 1, Hamish Miller, Mt Maunganui 2, Daniel Barron, Mt Maunganui 3.
Open Female. Rachel Clarke, Mairangi Bay 1, Sam Rowe, Mairangi Bay 2, Camille Rosa-Perotteau, Mt Maunganui 3.
U19 Male. Luther Maxwell, Otaki 1, Joe Collins, Fitzroy 2, Taylor Chamberlain, Sumner 3.
U19 Female. Molly Shivnan, Omanu 1, Ella Kingi, Otaki 2, Astaria Teaukura, Mairangi Bay 3.
U16 Male. Gus Shivnan, Omanu 1, Jack Keepa, Wainui 2, Jayden Murphy, Mt Maunganui 3.
U16 Female. Mia Gardiner, Mt Maunganui 1, Kate Rogers, Red Beach 2, Sian Bester, Orewa 3.
 
Diamond
U16 Male. Samuel Stedman, St Clair 1, Mitchell Bark Riki, Mt Maunganui 2, Liam Shanahan, Mt Maunganui 3.
U16 Female. Lucy Bartlett, Omanu 1, Summer Rolston, Waikanae 2, Pippa Nicol, Lyall Bay 3.
 
 
Ski Race
Open Male. Joel Meuli, East End 1, Lincoln Waide, Mt Maunganui 2, Travis Mitchell, Mairangi Bay 3.
Open Female. Rachel Clarke, Mairangi Bay 1, Samalulu Clifton, Mairangi Bay 2, Julia Padrutt, East End 3.
U19 Male. Kalani Gilbertson, Red Beach 1, Kade Scheib, Red Beach 2, Reuben Creighton, Red Beach 3.
U19 Female. Julia Padrutt, East End 1, Christy Tate, Waikanae 2, Ella Kingi, Otaki 3.
U16 Male. Michael Esterhuizen, Whakatane 1, Jayden Murphy, Mt Maunganui 2, George Wenman, Orewa 3.
U16 Female. Kiana O'Fee, Mt Maunganui 1, Kate Rogers, Red Beach 2, Ella Butler, Red Beach 3.
 
Ski Relay
Open Male. Mt Maunganui (Lincoln Waide/Daniel Hart/Sam Roy) 1, Orewa (Kees Ursem/James Scott/Samuel Reinen) 2, Mairangi Bay (Paul Van Achterbergh/Jonathan Reshef/Samuel Mayhew) 3.
Open Female. Mairangi Bay (Rachel Clarke/Samalulu Clifton/Tiana Williamson) 1, Midway (Jessica Blakeman/Danielle Scott/Alex Bermingham) 2, Whakatane (Carla Reid/Kaitlin Reid/Ashleigh Jackson) 3.
U19 Male. East End (Fletcher Moles/Robson Old/Moritz Padrutt) 1, Piha (Jack Dufaur/Grant Clancy/Reid Clancy) 2, Red Beach (Kade Scheib/Kalani Gilbertson/Reuben Creighton) 3.
U19 Female. East End (Molly Baker/Julia Padrutt/Scarlett Old) 1, Mt Maunganui (Kiana O'Fee/Emma Kendall/Olive Pearce) 2, Red Beach (Jade Hughes/Renee Benney/Ella Moratti) 3.
 
Surf Canoe - Long Course
Open Male. Waimarama (Michael Bassett-Foss/Michael Harman/Luke Harman/Ben Cross/Bertie Bassett-Foss) 1, Lyall Bay (John Elsmore/James Flannery/Matt Flannery/Craig Jones) 2, Mt Maunganui (Nicholas Wilson/Sam Roy/Brad Wiley/Todd Reardon/Patrick Bird/Damian Munro) 3.
Open Female. Lyall Bay (Kelsey Moffatt/Juliette Dowland/Michelle Arnopp/Rachel Ryan) 1, Red Beach (Georgia Parker/Olivia Falloon/Naomi Dyer/Hannah Corkill) 2, Opotiki (Lia Seufert/Summer Hurrell/Georgia Gault/Taegan Borrie) 3.
U19 Male. Orewa (James May/Toby Smeets/Ethan Tall/Callum Lockie/Benjamin McConnell/Harry Wenman) 1.
U19 Female. Wainui (Sofia Zame/Lucy Allan/Daizee Rawls/Olivia Whitfield) 1, Mairangi Bay (Lily Bosley/Jessica Jones/Imogen Moore/Olivia Smith) 2, Wainui (Casey Willson/Imogen Amor-Bendall/Breanna Ferris/Maggie Preston) 3.
 
Surf Canoe - Short Course
Open Male. Lyall Bay (James Flannery/Matt Flannery/Craig Jones/John Elsmore) 1, Mt Maunganui (Brad Wiley/Sam Roy/Nicholas Wilson/Todd Reardon/Damian Munro/Patrick Bird) 2, Waimarama (Michael Bassett-Foss/Michael Harman/Luke Harman/Ben Cross/Bertie Bassett-Foss) 3.
Open Female. Opotiki (Lia Seufert/Summer Hurrell/Georgia Gault/Taegan Borrie) 1, Lyall Bay (Juliette Dowland/Kelsey Moffatt/Michelle Arnopp/Rachel Ryan) 2, Lyall Bay (Jenny Bishop/Suzy Jones/Lily O'Donovan/Brogan Coburn) 3.
U19 Male. Orewa (James May/Toby Smeets/Ethan Tall/Callum Lockie/Benjamin McConnell/Harry Wenman) 1.
U19 Female. Wainui (Sofia Zame/Lucy Allan/Daizee Rawls/Olivia Whitfield) 1, Red Beach (Sarah Funnell/Alex Moore/Holly Goodare/Emily Fortes) 2, Mairangi Bay (Lily Bosley/Jessica Jones/Imogen Moore/Olivia Smith) 3.
 
Surf Race
Open Male. Max Beattie, Omanu 1, Daniel Barron, Mt Maunganui 2, Paul Van Achterbergh, Mairangi Bay 3.
Open Female. Lucy Bartlett, Omanu 1, Lucy North, East End 2, Rachel Clarke, Mairangi Bay 3.
U19 Male. Luther Maxwell, Otaki 1, Thomas Scott, Omanu 2, Daniel Shanahan, Mt Maunganui 3.
U19 Female. Molly Shivnan, Omanu 1, Lucy North, East End 2, Astaria Teaukura, Mairangi Bay 3.
U16 Male. Gus Shivnan, Omanu 1, Sterling Maxwell, Otaki 2, Brayden Meuli, East End 3.
U16 Female. Summer Rolston, Waikanae 1, Zoe Crawford, Mairangi Bay 2, Hannah Turner, Red Beach 3.
 
Surf Teams
Open Male. Mt Maunganui (Conor Dempster/Lincoln Waide/Daniel Hart/Harry Low) 1, Red Beach (Dylan French/Jack Gavin/Kees Kramer/Patrick Makgill) 2, Mt Maunganui (Daniel Shanahan/Hamish Miller/Daniel Barron/Declan Dempster) 3.
Open Female. Mairangi Bay (Rachel Clarke/Sam Rowe/Tiana Williamson/Astaria Teaukura) 1, Mt Maunganui (Tessa Bradley/Vittoria Borgnino/Emily Mahon/Isabella Akroyd) 2, Papamoa (Libby Bell/Kate Miller/Michelle Dykes/Sophie Hayden) 3.
U19 Male. Mt Maunganui (Liam Shanahan/Daniel Shanahan/Harry Low/Matthew Wagstaff) 1, Otaki (Luther Maxwell/Jules Appleby/Sterling Maxwell/Damien Doyle) 2, Omanu (Thomas Scott/Connor Swanberg/Tanner Baxter/Kiahi Horan) 3.
U19 Female. Mt Maunganui (Isabella Akroyd/Rebecca Barron/Emma Kendall/Olive Pearce) 1, Mairangi Bay (Astaria Teakukura/Cassidy Coldicott/Lucy Holloway/Isla Brain) 2, Piha (Lucy Makaea/Liana Sykes/Nia Lloyd/Emily Cameron) 3.
U16 Male. Omanu (Gus Shivnan/Kel Iggulden/Manning Baxter/Corbin MacKay) 1, Mt Maunganui (Zachary Reeder/Liam Shanahan/Mitchell Bark Riki/Jayden Murphy) 2, Westshore (Art Woodley-Hanan/Ben Stephenson/Daniel Colgan/Tasman Stuart) 3.
U16 Female. Mt Maunganui (Mia Gardiner/Lily Pearce/Talitha McEwan/Charlotte Webb) 1, Red Beach (Hannah Turner/Thea Stout/Kate Rogers/Rose Meban) 2, Mairangi Bay (Zoe Crawford/Isla Brain/Mia Francis/Suya Haering) 3.
 
Taplin
Open Male. Mt Maunganui (Daniel Shanahan/Hamish Miller/Lincoln Waide/Sam Roy/Declan Dempster/Daniel Hart) 1, Red Beach (Jack Gavin/Kees Kramer/Sam Readman/Patrick Makgill/Hamish Gledhill/Kalani Gilbertson) 2, Mairangi Bay (Connor Beamish/Joseph Wilson/Samuel Mayhew/Travis Mitchell/Paul Van Achterbergh/Jonathan Reshef) 3.
Open Female. Omanu (Lucy Bartlett/Devon Halligan/Molly Shivnan) 1, Mairangi Bay (Sam Rowe/Rachel Clarke/Samalulu Clifton) 2, Waikanae (Lauren Pickett/Christy Tate/Georgie Pitkethley) 3.
3 person Taplin
U19 Male. Red Beach (Patrick Makgill/Kalani Gilbertson/Te Maia Pihema) 1, East End (Brayden Meuli/Fletcher Moles/Moritz Padrutt) 2, Otaki (Luther Maxwell/Jules Appleby/Logan Philp) 3.
U19 Female. Omanu (Molly Shivnan/Taika Davis/Ruby McSweeney) 1, East End (Lucy North/Molly Baker/Julia Padrutt) 2, Waikanae (Christy Tate/Georgie Pitkethley/Summer Rolston) 3.
U16 Male. Wainui (Hue Cowie/Jack Keepa/Jonty Evans) 1, Omanu (Manning Baxter/Gus Shivnan/Ryan Dunn) 2, Whakatane (Cambell Julian/Michael Esterhuizen/Ben Moir) 3.
U16 Female. Mt Maunganui (Talitha McEwan/Olivia Carr-Manoit/Murphy Waide) 1, Mt Maunganui (Lily Pearce/Kiana O'Fee/Mia Gardiner) 2, Mairangi Bay (Zoe Crawford/Tara Vaughan/Suya Haering) 3.
 
Points (including boats)
Mt Maunganui LS157
Omanu SLSC  81
Mairangi Bay  80
Red Beach SLSC  74
Waikanae SLSC  60
Orewa SLSC  44
East End SLSC  43
Wainui SLSC  42
Piha SLSC  41
Lyall Bay SLSC  29
Ocean Beach Kiwi  21
Papamoa SLSC  19
Otaki SLSC  16
Whangamata SLSC  12
Muriwai SLSC  12
Whakatane SLSC  11
Fitzroy SLSC  11
Opotiki SLSC   7
Waimarama SLSC   6
Taylors Mistake SLSC   6
Westshore SLSC   5
Waimairi SLSC   4
NPOB SLSC   3
St Clair SLSC   3
Midway SLSC   3
Bethells Beach SLSP   3
Omaha Beach SLSC   1
Sumner SLSC   1
Sunset Beach SLSC   1