Stars Turnout for Carnival
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
An all-star cast of surf lifesavers will line up this weekend for a crack at one of New Zealand's most prestigious ironman races.
Sunday's annual Omanu Day of Champions carnival, sponsored by Placemakers, features the Ian Porteous Memorial Ironman on its distinctive M-shaped course and has attracted reigning national champions Max Beattie and Devon Halligan.
Beattie will go head-to-head with his Omanu clubmate and defending Ian Porteous champion Ben Cochrane, who recently won the Mount Monster endurance race, while Devon will also wear the red and white Omanu cap for the first time as she looks to defend the title she won last year.
That race involved a sprint finish with Mairangi Bay star Danielle McKenzie, who returns from an outstanding season so far on the professional circuit in Australia.
Other top females racing this week include Jess Miller (Mount Maunganui), while Hamish Miller, Daniel Barron, Kane Sefton and Isaac Marshall (all Mount Maunganui) and Papamoa's Mason Bryant add starch to an impressive men's line-up, with a solid pulse of swell expected to test the skills of all ages.
With more than $6000 in prizemoney, including $1000 each for the ironman and ironwoman winners, the Day of Champions provides the perfect lead-in into next week's Eastern Region championships in Mount Maunganui and race director Chris Emmett is impressed with the field.
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