Big Medal Haul For Central Coast Clubs

Central Coast had a very successful carnival with a number of fine performances from clubs right across the branch.

Lachlan Braddish (Umina) continued his red-hot form on his home beach picking up two individual gold medals in the U13 Ironman and Surf Races. The hosts also picked up wins in the U13 Mixed Cameron Relay (Lachlan Braddish, Leilani Healey, Kirsten Miller, and Charlie Polson) and the U14 Beach Relay (Bradman Best, Darcey Coleman, Cooper Jack, and William Scott).

Best also won an individual gold in the U14 Beach Sprint, while Davara Marshall earned bronze in the U9 Surf Race. Kiara Jack performed strongly in the U11 Surf Race and just missed out on a medal finishing fourth.

Avoca Beach finished the carnival in third place overall, picking up a number of individual medals and also enjoying success in the team events.

In the U10s Mia Cracknell won the Board Race, Summer Tancred finished first in the Beach Flags, and Kai Hodson won silver in the Male Board Race. Owen Flaherty won the U12 Beach Sprint/Flag double, while Piper-Lily Walker finished third in the U12 Surf Race.

The U9 Female Surf Team consisting of Esther Hunter, Pearl McQueen, Ebony Nash and Sophie Prior won gold, before Hunter, McQueen and Prior combined again to take silver in the U9 Board Relay.

Terrigal’s Emelyn Wheeler finished with silver in the U10 Beach Sprint, with Ava Latu also picking up an individual medal after finishing third in U14 Female Flags. It was a successful carnival for the U14 girls with two relay teams finishing with medals. The team of Lucy Hayes, Holly Purcell, and Meagan Stone won gold in the Board Relay, while Ava Latu, Holly Purcell, Phoebe Sheaves and Savannah Wheeler combined to claim silver in the Beach Relay.

Ryan Martz (Copacabana) was the lone medal winner from his club when he turned in a fine performance to earn bronze in the U12 Beach Flags.

“Congratulations to Manly who defended their Champion Club trophy with a series of strong showings this weekend. I would like to thank Ocean Beach-Umina for their flexibility and passion as hosts of the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships,” NSW Sport Manager Shane Knight said following the conclusion of the carnival.

“Both clubs certainly embody the spirit of getting things done despite the numerous challenges thrown their way.”

Mr Knight also praised the efforts of the nippers across the Age Championships, noting the highly competitive spirit on display.

“We’ve certainly seen some amazing performances on the beach and in the water over the three days of competition, and what is also really encouraging is how competitive the U14 events in particular were.

“These athletes will hopefully use their experiences here at State when they make the transition into senior events next season.”

Final Point-Score:

Manly LSC 300
Wanda SLSC 191
Avoca Beach SLSC 122
Bronte SLSC 111
South Maroubra SLSC 110
Elouera SLSC 109
North Cronulla SLSC 106
Cooks Hill SLSC 91
Swansea-Belmont SLSC 77
Collaroy SLSC 73

Photograph: Umina's Lachlan Braddish in action during the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015