Bondi Win Masters Championships

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships will always be fondly remembered by the members of Bondi Bathers Lifesaving club after they took out the overall point score for the first time.

Victory was made even sweeter after they held off beach rivals North Bondi and defending champions Queenscliff in what was a thrilling end to the competition.

Bondi surged to a lead they would never relinquish by the end of the first day before ultimately winning by 53 points.

Bondi’s Dori Miller enjoyed a golden 48 hours further enhancing her reputation as one of the top Masters competitors in NSW. During the competition she won gold medals in the 45-49 Swim, Rescue Tube, and the 110 Years Swim Team Race, 110 Years Female Taplin, and a bronze in the 110 Years Female Board Relay.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be crowned championships as it’s a whole club effort everyone is certainly very happy. We made a bit of history for our club today,” said Masters Captain Gary Emmerton.

“We’ve been building slowly over the last 5 years. In the past we’ve only had a very small team and we really had to make an effort to encourage everyone to come along and get involved.”

Mr Emmerton noted that it was a whole club effort that ultimately paved the way for the historic win, but that it was also driven by almost a generational change within the team.

“I think our Bondi team is now very strong and a large part of that is a number of competitors are moving into the 40 years plus age group. They’ve had some time off and had a family and are now moving back into competition and are still extremely skilled athletes,” he concluded.

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships are proudly supported by ClubsNSW and will continue until Sunday 13 March with the Open Competition.

Final Masters Point Score

  • Bondi Surf Bathers LSC 297
  • North Bondi SLSC 244
  • Queenscliff SLSC 232
  • Coogee SLSC (NSW) 163
  • Wanda SLSC 151
  • Manly LSC 138
  • Palm Beach SLSC (NSW) 125
  • Byron Bay SLSC 125
  • North Entrance SLSC 124
  • Umina SLSC 123
  • Avoca Beach SLSC 122

Fri 11 Mar 2016