Aussie Success For NSW Clubbies

A golden run at the 2016 Aussies continued for NSW athletes at the recently completed Open Championships on the Sunshine Coast.

Athletes from the “blue state” finished with an outstanding haul of medals (57 gold, 49 silver and 51 bronze) while Newport SLSC (3rd), Manly LSC (7th), and Umina Beach SLSC (10th) all finished in the coveted top 10 on the overall point score.

On the beach NSW clubbies enjoyed plenty of success. Collaroy’s Dean Scarff claimed bronze in the Open Male Sprint, while defending sprint champion Elly Graf (Elouera) picked up silver in the women’s race. Ngaire Hadfield (Cronulla) and Kristie Edwards (Newport) finished one-two in the U17 Female Sprint.

Wanda’s Ali Najeem blitzed the field to win his maiden Open 2km Beach Run Australian Title with Oliver Hoare also picking up a gold medal in the Male U19 race.

In the Flags Charlie Gluskie (Cronulla) picked up bronze in the U17 Male event, Jake Lynch (Newport) finished with silver in the Open Men, while Jazmine Yew (Helensburgh-Stanwell Park) earned gold in the U17s finishing ahead of Cronulla’s Ngaire Hadfield. Coledale’s Davina Straus who finished with a silver in the Open Female Flags and Avalon Punch (Helensburgh-Stanwell Park) U19 Female also medalled.

Umina’s Jemma Smith season to remember continued in sensational fashion after she was crowned the Female Athlete of the championship. Smith finished with a haul of 6 gold medals after winning the Open Female Champion Lifesaver, Open and U19 Rescue Tube Rescue, and U17 Board, Taplin and Single Ski events to go along with silver in the U17 Board and Surf Teams, and bronze in the Open Ironwoman.

In the Ironman events Dane Farrell (Newport) picked up silver in the Open event while Callum Lowe-Griffiths (Queenscliff) won the U17 race. Daniel Collins (Redhead) again performed strongly on his way to gold in the Board Rescue and silver medals in the U19 Ironman, Surf Ski Relay, Surf Belt, and Taplin Relay events.

Lizzie Welborn (North Bondi) claimed the honours in the U17 Ironwoman as did Cronulla’s Carla Papac in the U19s.

Newport continued their quest to become the powerhouse of Australian Surf Sport on the back of a number of strong performances. The all-conquering Open Male Taplin team was once more first past the post with Max and Charlie Brooks, Kendrick Louis, Dane Farrell, Luke Morrison and Mitchell Trim all combining in their gold-medal performance. Trim went on to win gold in the Open Male Lifesaver Relay and Single Ski Relay, and bronze in Ski Final.

The Newport women had plenty to celebrate too. Georgia Miller fresh from her debut season on the professional Iron circuit finished with gold in the Open Female Surf Race – her third straight win in the event, gold in the Surf Belt and Board Rescue, silver in the Open Ironwoman, Bronze in the Surf Teams, as well as teaming up with Lara Moses and Hannah Minogue to win the Open Female Taplin race.

Moses picked up three medals in the team events, while Minogue won three gold medals throughout the event enjoying success in both the teams events and individually in the female Open Ski.

Manly’s ageless Nathan Smith continued to wind back the clock in the Sunshine Coast surf finishing the championships with a gold medal in the Restricted Surf Race, silver in the Open Surf Race, and bronze in both the Open Surf Belt and Board Rescue events.

Fresh from their efforts at the Best of the Best Final earlier this month the NSW contingent of surf boat crews travelled north with high expectations. They didn't disappoint coming away with a swag of medals.

It was raining gold, silver and bronze for the Open Men with Bulli surging home to take the title ahead of Mona Vale and Coogee. Palm Beach took out the U23 Male Race with Avoca Beach doing enough to claim the Bronze.

In the women's divisions South Curl Curl (silver) and North Cronulla (bronze) medalled in the Open Race, while Palm Beach had even more to celebrate finishing with gold in the U23s and silver in the Reserves.

North Cronulla and Austinmer completed the medal rout in the U19s finishing with a silver and bronze medal respectively, while in the relay events there was more joy for both North Cronulla and Palm Beach who medalled.

The traditional lifesaving events also proved to be a happy hunting ground for NSW Clubs. Katie Dixon and Jordan Smith (Ocean Beach) teamed up to win the First Aid competition, while club mates Jade Oakes and Jayda Bryant (U17s), and Jade Heber and Matt Calbert (U19s) both ended up in fourth spot.

It was a clean sweep for NSW in the Open Male 5 person R & R with Wanda, Coogee, and Freshwater finishing with the medals, while Bondi Surf Bathers and Collaroy also earned gold in the U19 and U17 events respectively.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon said it was an impressive end to the season for the athletes.

“I would like to congratulate all the NSW based athletes who made the journey to Aussies 2016. There were a number of outstanding performances, and by all reports everyone who made the journey enjoyed the occasion,” Mr Pidgeon said.

“A number of our high performance athletes are still in contention for the Aussie team that will travel to the Worlds later this year, and we wish them well as they strive for selection. “It’s been a fantastic summer of surf sports and now everyone can relax and enjoy some well-deserved time off as we look ahead to another bumper season,” he concluded.

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Photograph - Daniel Collins from Redhead and his teammates enjoyed a successful return at the 2016 Australian Lifesaving Championships. Courtesy of Daniel Collins.

Wed 27 Apr 2016