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WINNERS<br />

2021


Introduction<br />

The Zespri <strong>Gisborne</strong>/<strong>Tairāwhiti</strong> Local <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Excellence</strong> programme recognises the contribution <strong>of</strong><br />

our amazing members from the grass roots <strong>of</strong> Surf Life<br />

Saving during the 2020/2021 season. Nominations are<br />

judged against the criteria outlined for each award by a<br />

local Honours and <strong>Awards</strong>, Sport or<br />

Lifesaving Committee.<br />

The winners <strong>of</strong> some categories <strong>of</strong> the local awards <strong>of</strong><br />

excellence will automatically become finalists for the<br />

prestigious SLSNZ National <strong>Awards</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Excellence</strong><br />

to be held later in 2021.<br />

We are thrilled to announce this year's winners.<br />

Congratulations to all! What you do makes a positive<br />

difference to your club, your community,<br />

and Surf Life Saving.


Contents<br />

HONOURS AWARDS<br />

Regional Service <strong>Awards</strong><br />

Distinguished Service <strong>Awards</strong><br />

SURF SPORT AWARDS<br />

U14 Male Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

U14 Female Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

U15 Male Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

U15 Female Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

U17 Male Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

U17 Female Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

U19 Male Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

U19 Female Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Open Male Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Open Female Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year


SURF SPORT AWARDS<br />

Masters Female Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Sports Team <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

International Individual Sports Performance <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Coach <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Emerging Coach <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Official <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Emerging Official <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

LIFESAVING AWARDS<br />

Absolute Surf Frother Award<br />

Patrol Support Person <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Volunteer Lifeguard <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Emerging (U19) Volunteer Lifeguard <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Instructor <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Examiner <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Patrol Captain <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Regional Lifeguard <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Beach Ed Instructor <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

SUPREME AWARDS<br />

Volunteer <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Patrol Club <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Club <strong>of</strong> the Year


Honours<br />

<strong>Awards</strong>


Regional<br />

Service <strong>Awards</strong><br />

The Service <strong>Awards</strong> acknowledge members who have<br />

given outstanding service to Surf Life Saving<br />

over a period <strong>of</strong> years.


PETER BOYD<br />

NGATI POROU SLSC<br />

ERIC CLEARWATER<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC<br />

NIGEL HOPE<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC<br />

CALUM WILSON<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC


MICHELLE MITCHELL<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC<br />

RODNEY RICHARDS<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC<br />

ANDREW SHELTON<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC


SALVATORE ZAME<br />

WAINUI SLSC<br />

JOHN MINOGUE<br />

WAINUI SLSC


Distinguished<br />

Regional Service <strong>Awards</strong><br />

Distinguished Service <strong>Awards</strong> recognise those who have<br />

continued to give outstanding service.


SONIA KEEPA<br />

WAINUI SLSC<br />

JUSTIN MARTIN<br />

WAINUI SLSC<br />

BELINDA SLEMENT<br />

WAINUI SLSC


Surf<br />

Sports<br />

<strong>Awards</strong>


U14 Male<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Yahni made the finals at Oceans for Surf Race,<br />

Run-swim-run, Board Race and the Diamond.<br />

Also achieved 5 Golds and 1 silver<br />

at <strong>Gisborne</strong> Junior Champs.<br />

Winner<br />

YAHNI BROWN - MIDWAY SLSC


U14 Female<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Chloe made the diamond, board finals and was one<br />

<strong>of</strong> the lucky ones who got to race a couple <strong>of</strong> finals,<br />

winning gold in both the Beach sprint and<br />

Run-swim-run. At ER Juniors she<br />

won 1 gold and two silvers.<br />

Winner<br />

CHLOE KAPENE - WAIKANAE SLSC


U15 Male<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Jack had successful <strong>Gisborne</strong> champs walking away with 1 gold,<br />

3 silvers and a bronze. Jack also attended the BOP Champs<br />

and won a gold, silver and a bronze in the board,<br />

ski and diamond respectively.<br />

Winner<br />

JACK LEPPER - MIDWAY SLSC


U15 Female<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Sophie showed her skills in the water at ERCs with a silver<br />

in both the board race and diamond, plus a bronze in the<br />

surf race. Sophie then added to an impressive year at<br />

gizzy champs where she won 4 golds and a bronze<br />

Winner<br />

SOPHIE PETRO - MIDWAY SLSC


U17 Male<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Jack started <strong>of</strong>f the year with a strong showing at ER and<br />

National Pool champs with a three gold haul at both events,<br />

50m Swim with fins, 100m Manikin carry with fins and 100m<br />

Manikin Tow with Fins.<br />

Jack also won gold in the board race at ERCs. Jack is currently a<br />

member <strong>of</strong> the 2021-22 HP Squad.<br />

Winner<br />

JACK KEEPA - WAINUI SLSC


U17 Female<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Jess won a silver in the Ironperson at ERCs and then a gold,<br />

silver and bronze at <strong>Gisborne</strong> champs in the<br />

Ironperson, Surf race and Ski race.<br />

Winner<br />

JESSIKAH FEARNLEY - MIDWAY SLSC


U19 Male<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Nathan won gold in the Surf race and Ironperson, silver in the<br />

board race and 2km beach run at <strong>Gisborne</strong> Champs. Nathan<br />

the showed the BOP men how its done and won 3 golds and<br />

2 silvers at the BOP Champs in Ohope.<br />

Winner<br />

NATHAN PROCTOR - WAIKANAE SLSC


U19 Female<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Briana won two golds at ERC champs in Mt Maunganui this<br />

year in both the Flags and beach sprint. Briana also won<br />

three golds on the beach at Gizzy champs, plus a<br />

bronze in the surf race.<br />

Winner<br />

BRIANA IRVING - WAIKANAE SLSC


Open Male<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Chris won four gold medals at the National Pool Champs in the<br />

100m Rescue Medley, 50m Manikin carry, 200m super lifesaver,<br />

100m Manikin Tow with fins. This massive performance earnt<br />

Chris another selection into the 2021-22 HP Squad.<br />

Winner<br />

CHRIS DAWSON - MIDWAY SLSC


Open Female<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Briana is a special athlete who backed up from u19 to opens at<br />

ERCs to win Gold in the Open Womens beach sprint plus a 4th<br />

in the Open Womens beach flags.<br />

Briana is also named in the 2021-2022 HP Squad.<br />

Winner<br />

BRIANA IRVING - WAIKANAE SLSC


Masters Female<br />

Sportsperson <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Emily collected 3 golds at the Masters event in Ohope<br />

this year, in the Board Race, Ski and Ironperson.<br />

Also won gold overall in her age group.<br />

Winner<br />

EMILY GILLIES - WAIKANAE SLSC


Sports Team<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

This crew won 3 golds in the Mass Rescue, Tube Rescue and<br />

Assembly and a Silver in the Single Rescue, then rounding out<br />

the Nationals weekend with a bronze in the Teams Race.<br />

Also won Top U23 Crew at BP Surf Rescue Champs.<br />

After such dominance in the U23s this season has seen<br />

Connor and Oliver named in the 2021-2022<br />

NZ High Performance Squad.


Winner<br />

WAIKANAE U23 IRB RACE TEAM<br />

CONNOR MITCHELL, OLIVER SHIVNAN &<br />

SILKE MCNAUGHT


International<br />

Individual Sports<br />

Performance <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Cory is recognised for his outstanding achievements during the<br />

Nutri-Grain Ironman Series 2020-21 season. The Nutri-Grain<br />

Ironman Series is the toughest surf sports competition in the<br />

world. Just qualifying to compete in this series requires the<br />

highest levels <strong>of</strong> commitment and dedication to this sport.<br />

Cory has become not only a regular on this series, but a<br />

regular front runner and a name on every competitors and<br />

commentators lips while declaring who the favourites might be.<br />

Competing at this level is very hard to do, but winning at this<br />

level is a feat usually reserved for only the greats in our sport.<br />

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4th equal overall was an incredibly impressive result and I<br />

couldn’t be prouder <strong>of</strong> him, his performance and his demeanour<br />

this season. He himself however will not be satisfied with the<br />

outcome, which is the mark <strong>of</strong> a true competitor, he will push<br />

harder than ever to stand on top <strong>of</strong> the podium<br />

next time, and into the future.<br />

Cory has become a leader <strong>of</strong> our training squad at BMD<br />

Northcliffe surf club, he is not loud or dramatic at all, but his<br />

character and genuine desire for everyone to be their best<br />

self means he has commanded that respect from all<br />

who come into contact with him.<br />

All <strong>of</strong> his family and friends from Midway SLSC, to the wider<br />

<strong>Gisborne</strong> lifesaving community and indeed NZ lifesaving can be<br />

proud <strong>of</strong> the way he carries himself and represents them.<br />

- Kev Morrision (BMD Northcliffe, Coach)


Winner<br />

CORY TAYLOR<br />

MIDWAY SLSC


Coach <strong>of</strong><br />

the Year<br />

Dion has full involvement in surf lifesaving sport at all levels.<br />

He helped out coaching Nippers on Sunday mornings,<br />

junior through to our senior open athletes. Dion is a<br />

long serving coach for Wainui, he loves the sport and<br />

supports his atheltes and other clubs as well.<br />

He has also been a Whangamata Rep challenge team Makara<br />

Assistant coach, Mentor for Devon Halligan, and is on the<br />

National Sport Committee.


Winner<br />

DION WILLIAMS<br />

WAINUI SLSC


Emerging<br />

Coach <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Emily's passion for the SLS movement is evident and it's impossible<br />

not to get swept up in her energy level during her coaching<br />

sessions. She has coached nippers, competition and oceans<br />

kids this season in addition to running our very successful<br />

holiday program. Emily has provided Waikanae juniors with an<br />

exceptional foundation <strong>of</strong> skill and knowledge whilst imparting<br />

a great sense <strong>of</strong> fun, team bonding and leadership.<br />

The juniors who attended the holiday program showed great<br />

improvement and we enjoyed watching them compete at both the<br />

<strong>Gisborne</strong> Champs and the Eastern Region champs, where they<br />

showed some great personal growth. Emily is a great mentor for<br />

the younger coaches and members alike and we look forward to<br />

seeing her rapport with the clubbies grow further next season.


Winner<br />

EMILY GILLIES<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC


Surf Official<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Miah's experience as a past competitor helps her in her role as<br />

an Official. She understands the athletes and is there for them.<br />

Miah was an integral part <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficial development as a mentor<br />

to many new upcoming <strong>of</strong>ficials this season.<br />

Winner<br />

MIAH THORPE - MIDWAY SLSC


Emerging Official<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Eric has been a legend in the <strong>of</strong>ficiating space this season<br />

helping out at the Waikanae and Wainui junior carnivals,<br />

<strong>Gisborne</strong> senior champs, as well as a judge at the North Island<br />

IRB Champs. We really appreciate your contribution to Surf<br />

Sports in the <strong>Gisborne</strong> area as well as being a part <strong>of</strong> the<br />

<strong>Gisborne</strong> Sport Committee. We all look forward to seeing you<br />

progress through the <strong>of</strong>ficials ranks in the future!<br />

Winner<br />

ERIC CLEARWATER - WAIKANAE SLSC


Lifesaving<br />

<strong>Awards</strong>


Patrol<br />

Support Person<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Tanay is well deserving <strong>of</strong> this recognition, having never been<br />

involved with Surf Lifesaving before, it was a big challenge<br />

for him to sign up for the Patrol Support Exam. However<br />

he has been a valuable part <strong>of</strong> the patrol team, displaying<br />

maturity beyond his years, willingness to learn and<br />

a high level <strong>of</strong> reliability.<br />

Winner<br />

TANAY GOLDSBURY - WAIKANAE SLSC


Emerging (U19)<br />

Volunteer Lifeguard<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Theo has been an outstanding Lifeguard for Wainui and the region,<br />

he completed a whoping 52 hours <strong>of</strong> Volunteer Patrol Hours – the<br />

most <strong>of</strong> any lifeguard at Wainui! He engages with beach users and is<br />

pro-active in identifying hazards and communicates these to the<br />

public, during 'flag duty' he has been observed interacting with public<br />

to keep them within the flagged are.<br />

Theo carries out lifeguard duties with enthusiasm, putting up signs at<br />

beach access, using cones on the beach, Promoting sun smart safety<br />

and taking part in a number <strong>of</strong> patient assists which is helping<br />

swimmers back to safety. On top <strong>of</strong> the core patrol duties, he helps<br />

mentor younger lifeguards and is a role model for the club. He has<br />

put his hand up for so much this season, learning lots <strong>of</strong> new skills<br />

during event lifeguarding and growing his<br />

personal development lifeguarding skills.


Winner<br />

THEO WEATHERLEY<br />

WAINUI SLSC


Volunteer<br />

Lifeguard <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Andrew brings a wealth <strong>of</strong> knowledge and experience to the<br />

beach, constantly assessing and organising his patrol to suit<br />

conditions. Andrew prides himself on his pr<strong>of</strong>essional approach<br />

to Lifeguarding to always uphold the highest standards. In this<br />

he is a true example to those around him and<br />

those he instructs and mentors.<br />

Andrew is a great team member and can be relied on in any<br />

instance. He has a calm and quiet manner that serves well in<br />

emergency situations along with his patience and sense <strong>of</strong> humor<br />

that puts candidates and lifeguards at ease. A keen learner and<br />

always looking for ways to improve, Andrew seeks out personal<br />

development and training opportunities to further enhance<br />

his personal and lifeguarding capabilities.<br />

As a member <strong>of</strong> the Character Ro<strong>of</strong>ing Tairawhiti Callout Squad<br />

Andrew has responded to many incidents and does his club proud.


Winner<br />

ANDREW SHELTON<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC


Absolute<br />

Surf Frother Award<br />

The Junior Frother <strong>of</strong> the Year Award is a true Gizzy Style award<br />

to recognize up and coming Junior Lifeguards who have<br />

displayed the characteristics and leadership skills on their<br />

pathway to becoming great Lifeguards.<br />

<strong>Winners</strong><br />

BELLA<br />

FITZHARRIS-STEVENS,<br />

WAIKANAE SLSC<br />

ELLA WHIBLEY,<br />

WAINUI SLSC


Instructor<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Rodney has been working as part <strong>of</strong> the team and led number<br />

sessions instructing IRB crew and driver Candidates. He was<br />

confident to work individually to deliver the program, He is well<br />

organised and arrived at each session with a clear plan <strong>of</strong> what<br />

he wanted the candidates to achieve. He has been instructing at<br />

regional level for a number <strong>of</strong> years and brings that depth <strong>of</strong><br />

experience to the IRB sessions. Again, his organisation and<br />

preparation is key to the success <strong>of</strong> the program.<br />

Winner<br />

RODNEY RICHARDS - WAIKANAE SLSC


Examiner<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Andrew has lead 3 IRB exams and attended a further 2 Surf Lifeguard<br />

Exams throughout the season, he is currently the Chief IRB Examiner<br />

for the area and takes pride in ensuring all the Instructors and<br />

Examiners are kept up to date with changes to policies, rules and<br />

course content at a national level. Andrew provides a knowledgeable<br />

link to what is going on nationally. Andrew is an exceptional<br />

examiner and brings a huge depth <strong>of</strong> experience to the role. His<br />

years <strong>of</strong> guarding, instructing and examining mean that he is an<br />

excellent examiner to candidates.<br />

Winner<br />

ANDREW SHELTON - WAIKANAE SLSC


Patrol<br />

Captain <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Adam showed outstanded leadership in his role as a Patrol<br />

Captain this season. He is mature, level headed and is able to<br />

show true leadership skills in his patrol during busy and quite<br />

days on the beach. Having spent alot <strong>of</strong> his lifeguarding time<br />

in Raglan, he is able to bring those skills and<br />

apply them to Wainui.<br />

Adam shows real commitment to the role <strong>of</strong> Patrol Captain,<br />

going over and above to ensure all his team is organised, that<br />

they are aware <strong>of</strong> who does what on his patrol and portrays<br />

leadership skills to not only his patrol but the rest <strong>of</strong> our<br />

memebers. This season Adam was selected as a mentor for<br />

National Lifeguard school and has future aspireation to be a<br />

instructor on the school. Having just completed the bp leaders<br />

for life programme, he is the only <strong>Gisborne</strong> club member to have<br />

completed this programme since its inception in 2014.<br />

Adam is a real asset to Wainui surf club and up and coming<br />

members. He is a role model to our lifeguards and shows<br />

an outstanding level <strong>of</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essionalism.


Winner<br />

ADAM GLENISTER<br />

WAINUI SLSC


Regional<br />

Lifeguard <strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

Luke is developing well into new leadership roles and is enthusiastic<br />

to learn new things, undertaking a number <strong>of</strong> personal development<br />

activities – such as instructors course, IRB instructing, rock rescue<br />

module, board rescue module and mentor on Intermediate Lifeguard<br />

School. While on Patrol, Luke mentors the younger lifeguards, and is<br />

prepared to travel and gain experience at other beaches within<br />

Tairawhiti area. Luke was a real asset to the Regional Lifeguard<br />

service, thankyou for your hard work and dedication.<br />

Winner<br />

LUKE WHIBLEY - WAINUI SLSC


Beach<br />

Education Instructor<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

John's knowledge and passion for surf lifesaving and beach<br />

education means that he always strives to deliver an<br />

exceptional beach ed experience for the students. John is<br />

always willing to go above and beyond what is expected.<br />

Thank you for all you hard work John.<br />

Winner<br />

JOHN MINOGUE - WAINUI SLSC


Rescue<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

CHARACTER ROOFING GISBORNE/TAIRAWHITI<br />

SEARCH AND RESCUE SQUAD<br />

9TH JANUARY 2021 RESCUE


Full Story<br />

On Saturday 9th January at ¼ past 6 in the evening, <strong>Gisborne</strong><br />

Senior Champs prize giving was underway at Waikanae Surf<br />

Club. All Patrols were finished and Waikanae Lifeguards had only<br />

just finished packing up for the day. Three members <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Character Ro<strong>of</strong>ing <strong>Gisborne</strong> Callout Squad were attending the<br />

prize giving when the call came in.<br />

A Nurse who was walking along the sand dunes heard a cry for<br />

help, sent out a surfer and another swimmer ( both members <strong>of</strong><br />

the public) from the beach and The Nurse ran up to the<br />

restaurant and called Police.<br />

The members at Waikanae Surf Club were alerted that there was<br />

a swimmer in trouble, caught in a RIP just west <strong>of</strong> Midway Surf<br />

Club.Justin Martin one <strong>of</strong> the SAR Coordinators Drove to the<br />

scene while Mitch Mitchell Coordinated from Waikanae with<br />

Support from Sonia Keepa via Phone and Radio. Connor Mitchell<br />

and Andrew Shelton in record speed set up an IRB and were on<br />

the water heading to Midway within 2 minutes.<br />

Conditions that day were overcast, choppy and about half a<br />

meter <strong>of</strong> swell. There were lots <strong>of</strong> holes, gutter channels and rips<br />

along Midway beach.<br />

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\When they reached the Patient, a male in his 50’s, he was about<br />

150 meters <strong>of</strong>f shore being supported by a surfer and another<br />

swimmer who were struggling to hold him up on the board.<br />

He was beyond exhaustion and when Connor and Andrew<br />

approached him he was floating on his back, He had no strength<br />

left, it was as though he had just given up.<br />

It took both Connor & Andrew to get the large exhausted man<br />

into the boat.<br />

They then transported him directly back to shore where the<br />

Police and Ambulance were waiting, they assessed the patient as<br />

Status 3 and transported him to Hospital where he was Seen and<br />

treated in the Emergency Department. The quick actions <strong>of</strong><br />

Andrew & Connor saved this mans life.<br />

Patrol Team Involved: Connor Mitchell, Andrew Shelton,<br />

Michelle Mitchell and Justin Martin


Supreme<br />

<strong>Awards</strong>


Volunteer<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

There really ins't an area <strong>of</strong> the club that Nigel is NOT involved<br />

in! He manages the powercraft department with an exceptional<br />

level <strong>of</strong> organisation and efficiency. This includes liaising<br />

with the IRB team, patrol drivers and crew and<br />

earning/developing drivers and crew.<br />

Nigel does the majority <strong>of</strong> fleet maintenance with any<br />

eye to cost effectiveness and longevity <strong>of</strong> the equipment.<br />

He mentors the younger members to adopt the same high<br />

standards <strong>of</strong> care and encourages participation in all personal<br />

development courses such as the motor workshops.<br />

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He coordinates the volunteer lifeguard patrols each year (for 4<br />

years) with excellent communication between patrol captains and<br />

with attention to friendships and skill levels to ensure evenly<br />

skilled and functional patrols. He communicates with patrols<br />

refreshers and monitors progress through the process.<br />

Nigel liaises with event organisers for water safety cover<br />

and organises water safety cover for community events.<br />

He was involved in the establishment <strong>of</strong> the winter IRB<br />

training academy which trains and develops IRB drivers and<br />

crew from all 3 local clubs. His attention to details ensures<br />

the candidates qualify with a high level <strong>of</strong> skill and<br />

experience in challenging surf conditions.<br />

Nigel then mentors the candidates to encourage further<br />

development. Nigel is a consultant on the executive<br />

committee on matters <strong>of</strong> guarding and IRB. He is the first to<br />

arrive and last to leave working bees and, in addition to all <strong>of</strong><br />

this, he manages age groups at carnivals, <strong>of</strong>ficiates at events,<br />

competes for the club at masters and local club champs,<br />

coaches and mentors nippers and helps with fundraising<br />

efforts. We are incredibly lucky to have Nigel in<br />

the Waikanae and wider Surf family!


Winner<br />

NIGEL HOPE - WAIKANAE SLSC


Patrol Club<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

RIVERSUN WAINUI SLSC


Club<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Year<br />

RIVERSUN WAINUI SLSC

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