Big Weekend For Central Coast Lifesavers

The Central Coast’s best junior surf sport athletes took full advantage of hosting the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships in familiar waters last weekend bringing home a bagful of medals.

Avoca Beach SLSC were once again the best performing local club finishing the 3-day carnival in sixth spot overall, ahead of Terrigal (14), Wamberal (=15) and co-hosts Umina (17).

Piper-Lily Walker (Avoca Beach) finished with gold medals in the U13 Female Swim and Board Rescue, while clubmates Mia Cracknell (U11 Board Race and Board Relay), Summer Tancred (U11 Board Relay), Sinead Willams (U11 Board Relay), Darci Berry (U13 Board Rescue), and Natalia Drobot (U11 Beach Flags) also picked up state titles.

Competing in her first ever State Championships proved no barrier to success for North Avoca’s Emma Duggan who finished the competition with 3 medals including gold in the U9 Surf Race. Terrigal enjoyed a highly fruitful championships picking up medals across a variety of events including an individual gold to Joel Evans in the U12 Male Beach Sprint, and two silver medals to Emelyn Wheeler U11s in the Beach Sprint and Flag events.

Wamberal SLSC had one of their best ever weekends at a State Championships in many seasons picking up individual gold medals through Darcy Pearson (U12 Beach Sprint) and Rufus Hickey (U12 Board Race) and team medals in the U12 Male Beach Relay (silver), U14 Board Relay (bronze), and U12 Board Rescue (bronze).

Co-hosts Umina who alongside Ocean Beach SLSC are finishing up hosting duties this season after a four year stint staging the state’s pinnacle surf sport event finished with a number of medal winning performances.

Racing in his favoured swim event for the final time as a Nipper, Umina’s Lachlan Braddish surged home on a wave to claim gold in the U14 Swim.

The win meant that the 14-year-old has now won the same event at every State Title since the Under 9s – an achievement that is believed not to have been done in recent memory. To cap it off he also won a gold medal in the U14 Swim Team event, and bronze in the Board Race.

The U14 Swim team gold medal was a special moment for the home club with the team of Lachlan Braddish, Kai Darwin, Lachlan McLeod, and Charlie Polson having been together since U9s winning the gold medal after years of near misses.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon believes it was a highly successful State Championships, and that the standard of skill on display bodes well for the future of surf sports.

“I would like to congratulate everyone for what was an extremely successful State Age Championships. It was certainly played in the right spirit, and all the Nippers, their families, and their clubs can look back with pride on what has been a fantastic surf sport season,” Mr Pidgeon.

“Some of our older Nipper competitors will now go on to get their first taste of national level racing at next month’s Australian Championships while our younger ones can look forward to an exciting finish with their club season. Regardless of whatever comes next they can be all proud of their achievements,” he concluded.

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships are proudly supported by ClubsNSW and will continue at Ocean Beach - Umina with the Masters Competition from Wednesday 9 March, and the Open Competition from Friday 11 March until Sunday 13 March.

2016 Final Age Point Score:

  • Manly LSC 348
  • Wanda SLSC 193
  • Cooks Hill SLSC 164
  • Elouera SLSC 162
  • Swansea Belmont SLSC 113
  • Avoca Beach SLSC 100
  • North Curl Curl SLSC 99
  • Bronte SLSC 98
  • Coogee SLSC (NSW) 82
  • South Maroubra SLSC 78

Tue 8 Mar 2016