Senior Coaching Appointments - 24th Aug 2017

St Clair is delighted to be able to announce our senior club coaching team for the 2017/2018 season.

Michael Trembath and Michael Hastie will form the nucleus of the group, with MichaelT being responsible for the delivery of the sessions and MichaelH taking the role of session planning and season periodisation, as well as the delivery of certain sessions during the season.

They will be supported by specialist beach coaching again being delivered by Michael Coutts.

Training for the coming season will commence on Sunday 3 September with a specific time and location to be released next week.

St Clair Prize Giving - 17th May 2017

St Clair Prize Giving

On the back of our most succesful seasons in our proud history, multiple national medal winner Olivia Gold walked away with the presigtious Cameron Cup for Best All round Surfer, her efforts accross a number of events saw her take the trophy ahead of several other worthy candidates. 

The Jubilee Cup for Most Industrious was awarded to Brent Wolf for his work in redeveloping and adminstering our Surf Sports programme; with the Centenary Cup for Outstanding Achievement going to the winners of the Under 14 Brick Relay event at National Pool Champs, Olivia Andrew, Erika Fairweather, Charlotte Underwood-Nicol and Madison WIlls.

Some of the other highlights for the night were:

  • Chris Haig winning the Owen Dolan Cup for top patroller
  • Matthew Bradley taking home the Opie Masion Cup for being an outstanding young leader in the club.
  • Briar Taylor and Maysha Ahrens retaining the the Carla and Stephaine Laughton Cup for Top Women's Powercraft Crew and winning the Darryl Fairbairn Cup for Top Powercraft Crew.

View the full list of trophies awarded.

St Clair Earns Second Place at IRB Nationals - 16th Apr 2017

St Clair Earns Second Place at IRB Nationals

Following on from great success last season, the St Clair IRB team has finished the annual National Championships in second place overall. The team was only beaten by the strong Port Waikato Club, Sunset Beach and was the clear winner of the Top South Island Club.

Overall St Clair won eight medals, including three Gold Medals, all of which were achieved in the Mass Rescue event.

Arthur Ibbotson and Heath Ratten also won the Opunake Cup for Top Senior Crew.

Medals won were:


  • Womens Mass Rescue; Briar Taylor, Maysha Ahrens, Brenna Ahrens, Alesha Ahrens and Anaia Wiparata
  • Senior Mass Rescue; Arthur Ibbotson, Heath Ratten, Breena Ahrens, Alesha Ahrens and Anaia Wiparata
  • Under 21 Mass Rescue; Silas Kemp, Nelson Mears, James Coombes, Brenna Ahrens and Celia Bell


  • Senior Assembly Rescue; Niam Chronican, Scott Fraser and Celia Bell


  • Womens Tube Rescue; Mikayla Garforth, Heather Thompson and James Coombes
  • Womens Single Rescue; Briar Taylor, Maysha Ahrens and Brenna Ahrens
  • Womens Mass Rescue; Mikayla Garforth, Heather Thompson, James Coombes Lucy Duncan and Celia Bell
  • Under 21 Assembly Rescue; Silas Kemp, Nelson Mears and James Coombes

Promising Season Results in Four Medals - 9th Apr 2017

A promising season rebuilding saw the St Clair seniors take out four medals at the National Championships held at New Brighton Beach in mid-March.

Our strong Under 19 Girls team won two of the medals with Silver in the Surf Teams race which was highlighted by a fifth place finish by Under 14 athlete Olivia Andrew (along with Olivia Gold, Devon Familton and Carina Donegan); and Bronze in the Tube Rescue Race.

The tight Under 19 Mens group showed a glimpse of the future with a strong third place in the Board Relay.

Our other medal came via Max Wolf who finished third in the Under 16 Ironman race.

Good results acheived at Oceans 17 - 1st Apr 2017

A strong St Clair team of 24 which featured many of the athletes who had dominated the South Island Champs travelled to Oceans 17 (Under 14 Nationals ) at Mount Manganui.

Overall St Clair finished in fourteenth place with a total of five medals won.

Rising Pool and Surf Life Saving star Erika Fairweather contribute four with her wins in the Run Swim Run, Surf Race and Diamond Race, and a second place in the Tube Rescue with Olivia Andrew; Aidan Macrae won St Clair's other medal with a Bronze in the Under 13 Beach Sprint.

Passing of Peter Bentley - 22nd Feb 2017

Sadly St Clair reports that Life Member, Peter Bentley passed away early on Sunday, 18 February at his home in Christchurch surrounded by his family.

Peter was a life member, former club chairman, instructor, mentor and friend to many.

Thoughts are with his family, Carol, Louise, Andrea and Hayden who were all actively involved with the club over many years.

Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Peter Bentley, c/-P.O> Box 39-001, Christchurch 8545.

A service to celebrate Peter's life will be held in at the Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Christchurch on Friday, 24 February at 2pm.

2017 Southern Region Junior Champs - 16th Feb 2017

2017 Southern Region Junior Champs

An impressive squad of St Clair junior athletes take on the South Island best young life saving athletes at the annual Southern Region Junior Champs which are being held this weekend at Warrington Beach.

Following on from a great performance at the Otago Champs two weeks ago at Kaka Point our young up-and-coming athletes are looking to retain the overall title they won by a large margin in Christchurch last year.

Head Coach Ossian Woods has been working the squad well over the last five months and they are preparing nicely for tilts at the National Championships at the start of March in Mount Maunganui..

Competition across the age groups is expected to be fierce with a number of our young members expected to perform well.

Look out for some very close racing in the Under 14 Women's Age group where Charlotte Underwood-Nicol, Olivia Andrew and Erika Fairweather have shared wins throughout the season across the events, however the addition of the extra age groups sees Erika racing in the Under 13s with Emma Andrew and Mereana Martin who will be pushing her hard. The Under 14 Board Rescue event will be a great watch with four St Clair teams entered.

In the Under 13 Men's division Aidan McRae and Piere Tapsell have been close in a number of events and will enjoy the larger fields featuring visitors from north of the border, along with their team mates Sam Dorne-Cumming and Marshall Macready and Campbell Macdade.

Jade Fairweather is expected to feature in the results for the Under 12 Women's, but look for Emma Christophers (new to racing this year) to perform well, Lara Tyndall, Mia Stout and Shannya Macrae are also good St Clair athletes in this age group.

A whole host of athletes take part in the Under 12 Men's with Isaac Robertson and Ollie Sinclair looking strong in the beach events, Sam Steadman and Bailey Pearce will push each other along in the water events.

There will be some great battles in our youngest age groups with Rosie Falcous and Sophie Matehaere performing really well last weekend in the beach events at the Warrington competition.

All our junior athletes racing this weekend are:

  • Emma Andrew
  • Olivia Andrew
  • Emma Christophers
  • Ella Colquhoun
  • Grace Creighton
  • Samuel Dorne-Cumming
  • Erika Fairweather
  • Jade Fairweather
  • Lily Falcous
  • Rosie Falcous
  • Amelia Francis
  • Marcel Geytenbeek
  • Emma Herbert
  • Shilo Hogg
  • Freda Kawharu-Tapsell
  • Campbell Macdade
  • Aidan Macrae
  • Shannya Macrae
  • Francesca Macready
  • Marshall Macready
  • Mana Martin
  • Mereana Martin
  • Sophie Matehaere
  • Max McCaul
  • Hazel Mcdermott
  • Safia Mcleod
  • Isla Nicholson
  • Bailey Pearce
  • Olivia Pearce
  • Isaac Robertson
  • Ben Sinclair
  • Oliver Sinclair
  • Samuel Stedman
  • Harrison Stout
  • Mia Stout
  • Piere Tapsell
  • Marley Thompson
  • Kale Twist
  • Lara Tyndall
  • Sam Tyndall
  • Charlotte Underwood-Nicol

2017 Otago Senior and Junior Champs Results - 16th Feb 2017

2017 Otago Senior and Junior Champs Results

Saturday, 4 February at Kaka Point for the first time featured both the Senior and Junior Otago Champs on the same day. St Clair performed extremely well in both age groups comfortabling winning the Junior event and leading all age groups overall in the Senior event with three swim specific events (Board and Tube Rescue and Run Swim Run) still to be held in early March.

Otago Senior Results

Otago Junior Results

Some of the highlights from across the age groups were:

Senior Men

Nathan Wolf performed well all day and on several occassions raced in both the Under 19 and Open events to gain more race experience. His only individual races in the water where he was defeated were the Open Ski Race won by Ryan Shanks and the Under 19 Board Race won by Hamish Trembath. The other Under 19 placings were shared between Hamish, Lachie and Bailey Brandham and Alex Thomson.  

Max Wolf performed well in the Under 16 age group winning all the water events except the Ski Race which was won by promising kayak paddler Jackson Aluesi. Ben Hayward featured among the results in all the beach events.

Senior Women

Returning former New Zealand Champion Steph Laughton picked up several titles on the day. Lucy Matehaere was also in good form winning the Open and Under 19 Ski titles. Annie Kennedy-Atchison and Anaia Wiparata did well in the Under 16 events with Annie also winning the Under 19 Ironwomen in a great race with Lucy, junior member and new lifeguard Olivia Andrew boasted a number of teams and also won the Under 16 Diamond race.

Under 14 Boys

Aidan Macrae and Piere Tapsell shared the winnings in some close racing in the Under 14 age group. Campbell Macdade combined with Adian and Piere to take out the Board Relay.

Under 14 girls

The Under 14 girls event saw a similar sharing of winnings as the Under 14 boys with Charlotte Underwood-Nicol taking out three titles (both beach events and the Board Race) and Erika Fairweather the other three (surf race, run swim run and diamond). The team events were dominated by the various St Clair combinations.

Under 12 Girls

Jade Fairweather performed well in the Under 12 girls winning all but one of the individual events, with the exception being the Beach Flags which were won by Rosie Falcous. Rosie, Shannya Macrae, Emma Christophers and Sophie Matehaere picked up placings in the various races.

Under 12 Boys

The Under 12 boys featured a number of close races with Bailey Pearce and Sam Stedman sharing wins in the water events. Isaac Robertson was strong in the beach events winning both the sprints and the flags.

Under 10’s Boys and Girls

Harrison Stout was the best performed St Clair member overall in the Under 10 boys winning the Diamond and placing in several other events. Safia McLeod and Francesca Macready were stand outs in the Under 10 girls with Safia winning four events.

Under 8 Boys and Girls

Ella Colquhoun won all the U8 girls events: flags, sprints, run-wade-run, board race and diamond.

James Coombes, Club Chair - with contributions from our junior surf age group managers.

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