Carberry Leads The South At 2014 State Championships

The final day of the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Opens Championships culminated in dramatic fashion with some big upsets and plenty of action under perfect sunshine at Ocean Beach/Umina.

TV cameras, photographers and cheering fans lined the beach for the premiere event of the State Championships; the Open Ironman and Ironwoman races.

For just the second time in 20 years a country athlete took out the Opens Ironman with Ben Carberry from Warilla Barrack Point besting experienced ironmen and heavy favourites Nathan Smith (Manly) and Kendrick Louis (Newport). Carberry produced quite possibly the biggest surprise of the weekend to everyone on the beach but himself and his team who had faith in his abilities from the start.

“I knew I was capable of something special against these guys and it was just up to me to prove it! To battle side by side with a living legend in Nathan Smith for most of the race and to come out on top, oh man I’m just over the moon,” said an ecstatic Carberry.

Carberry also got third in the ski relay with team mates Scott and David Smith.

Scott Smith and Maddison Prior got second in the mixed Opens Ski and Prior finished third in the Opens Ironwoman.

Matthew Sperring got second in the U15 Surf Race, Joshua Cuthbert won silver in the U15 Board Race and Warilla had more results in team events including a huge win for Emily Rosskelly and Cassandra Smith in the U17 Board Rescue. The U19 and U17s Swim teams also won silver and bronze.

Zoe Elkteron had Shellharbour’s strongest result finishing with silver in the Opens Female Surf race.

In the Rowing, the Broulee Dim Sims won the U19 Male and the Batemans Bay Wave Runners won the Masters Womens division.

The top 10 clubs in the overall pointscore were as follows:

1.) Newport SLSC
2.) Manly LSC
3.) Wanda SLSC Inc
4.) North Cronulla SLSC
5.) Elouera SLSC
6.) Cronulla SLSC
6.) Swansea Belmont SLSC
7.) Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC
8.) Avoca Beach SLSC
9.) Queenscliff SLSC
9.) Freshwater SLSC
10.)Collaroy SLSC

Next week the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships conclude with the Masters Championships and for full results please visit the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Opens Championships event page.

Pending final Council approval the NSW Championships will return to Ocean Beach/Umina in 2015 with final dates yet to be determined.

Mon 10 Mar 2014