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Midway in central region medal raid

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Surf athletes from the Midway club launched an assault on the Central Region Surf Life Saving Championships at Waimarama Beach at the weekend.

After a season of little racing, Dawson Building Midway sent a small but strong team of 10 athletes to the championships and spoiled the party for many of the larger clubs from the central region.

Over two days at Waimarama it was rare to see a medal dais without a Midway cap, with every athlete competing at a high level.

“I am super-proud of our small crew who raced over the weekend, particularly the way they raced for each other in the team events,” head coach Matt Sutton said.

“Standout for me was our under-19 leader Jacob Corrin, who won gold in the ski race and bronze in the board race among some hot competitors.

“It’s just cool to be able to take our crew away to a really nice part of the country for some racing with their mates. That’s really what our club is concentrating on.

“We have a great core group of athletes who are keen to race for each other and have some fun along the way.

“Waimarama really turned it on for a great carnival.”

Midway now turn their attention to the Tairawhiti championships starting on Thursday and will go into the local champs as underdogs against Waikanae.

“It’s really a numbers game at the local champs and I would say Waikanae have the ability to field more teams at the moment,” Sutton said.

“We’re just really enjoying having a small but awesome group of kids who are committed to racing for each other.”

Riversun Wainui and Kaiaponi Farms Waikanae did not compete at Waimarama.