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Late call-up pits Lyall Bay teen against his childhood idols

Sep 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News, Sport

Lyall Bay surf lifesaver Jack Manners is a late call-up to the New Zealand under-20 team for the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Japan

Manners, 19, was surprised to be called after another member pulled out, and is now preparing to join teammates including Olympic canoeing gold medallist Lisa Carrington.

The team travelled to Japan this week for the challenge on Onjunku Beach, in Chiba.

Life Saver: Jack Manners IMAGE: Jamie Nilsson

Life Saver: Jack Manners
IMAGE: Jamie Nilsson

Manners will compete predominantly in the ski events which are his forte as well as swimming events, such as the tube rescue.Although competing as an under-20, the format of the challenge mean Manners will be lining up to race international open ironmen, including childhood Australian idols.

“I’m most excited to race against the open guys from Aussie like Shannon Eckstein and Lachlan Tame.”

“…It’ll be cool to try and mix it with the guys who I watch on TV.”

The Former Rongotai College head boy is in his first year at Auckland University studying engineering and admits it can be a little hard balancing training with studies.

“Yea, it’s pretty hard fitting it all in, especially now in Auckland it takes so long to get to a beach.”

The team competes from September 19 to 21.

The International Surf Rescue Challenge has been running since 1939 with teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA, Great Britain and Japan involved.

Manners and the team can be followed at the challenge on

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