Avoca Tops The Coast At 2014 State Champs

The NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships supported by ClubsNSW and staged at Umina and Ocean beaches on the Central Coast over the weekend produced another batch of team and individual state under 9 to under 14 champions.

The locals did not disappoint either with Avoca (2nd), Terrigal (10th) and Umina (14th) all finishing within the top 20 proving that Central Coast surf sports athletes are some of the strongest in the state.

Autumn came early to the nipper’s carnival that drew 3,500 competitors from 80 clubs along the eastern seaboard from as far north as the NSW/QLD border to Pambula in the south.

Showers over the three-day competition days made conditions hard-going for athletes and families and cut the day one program short. By Sunday’s finals the best was offered after the traditional morning march past; pleasant, dry conditions coupled with a light onshore breeze.

Heats interspersed with gold medal flag finals ran through to Saturday afternoon when the relay and individual sprint finals drew a large crowd to Ocean Beach’s sand track. On Sunday attention turned to the water for the surf and board events and the carnival highpoint, the under 14 ironman and woman.

Avoca’s Macy Callaghan was incredible over the weekend winning four NSW Gold medals including the U13s Ironwoman, Board Race, Board Relay and Surfing events.

Unlike most of the top performing juniors Callaghan doesn’t train for surf life saving. Instead she is a sponsored surfer and when there’s nothing rideable at the each then she does some swim training.

Macy has the gene pool and the mentor to reach the sport’s upper heights, her sister Cody-Leigh is an Australian ironwoman and board winner.

Joint host club, Umina SLSC, were also very strong over the weekend. The Braddish brothers, Lachlan and Harry, went toe to toe with their competitors and finished with a healthy collection of medals.

Lachlan walked away with gold in the Under 12s Swim and second in the Ironman while older brother Harry got second in the U14s Beach Relay and third in the Board Race.

Starting next Friday Umina and Ocean beaches will again fill with tents and the sound of starting guns and cheering when the Central Coast hosts the third of four consecutive championship weekends, the NSW Open state title, March 7-9, 2014.

Top 10 Overall Point Score:

1.) Manly LSC - 291
2.) Avoca Beach SLSC - 248
3.) Wanda SLSC Inc - 162
4.) Elouera SLSC - 152.5
5.) Swansea Belmont SLSC - 143
6.) Bronte SLSC - 135
7.) North Cronulla SLSC - 120
8.) South Maroubra SLSC - 101.5
9.) Coogee SLSC - 84.5
10.) Terrigal SLSC - 83

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Tue 4 Mar 2014