Central Coast Masters Reign at State Champs
The NSW Surf Life Saving Masters 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 champions aged over thirty.
Local athletes were strongly represented during the Masters competition with Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club taking out second place in the overall pointscore.
Avoca Beach competition director and coach, Gordon Jones, competed in the 35-39 age group and secured gold in the Single Ski Race and Rescue Tube Rescue Race.
“I am a firefighter and a full time Dad but I train whenever I can. I have been doing this since I was a nipper and I just love it. Avoca Beach is a community and it is my lifestyle. The State Championships are fun and social with some great racing and it is a good preparation carnival for Aussies,” said Mr Jones.
Daniel McClelland, also of Avoca Beach, cruised home to take out the 30-34 Board Race ahead of team mate Chris Parker in third.
“I come to compete at State in the Masters for the team events. It is so good to be able to be involved and race with some of the older guys who have coached you through nippers. Avoca is a really tight community and it is great to be able to race and give back to the club.” said McClelland.
Avoca Beach was also competitive in the beach events with Michael Hunter taking out the 70+ Beach Flags and obtaining silver in the 1KM Beach Run and Beach Sprint.
“I have been a lifesaver for 57 years and got my Bronze in 1956 and the best is yet to come. I am here this weekend with my three sons who are also competing in the Masters competition, it is a real family affair,” said Mr Hunter.
Allison Tucker from host club Ocean Beach was thrilled with her victory in the 35-39 Beach Flags.
“I have been doing lots of training all through winter including hill starts, lots of strength training and weight based training. I have kids and I work full time so I do a lot of early mornings to juggle it all,” said Allison.
“I am ecstatic to be here representing Ocean Beach. I did my Bronze Medallion as an adult after my kids became involved in nippers and I want to be a good role model for them by being involved myself because it represents a great, healthy lifestyle,” she added.
Other notable performances from Central Coast competitors included Warren Peters from Ocean Beach who travelled down from his home on the Gold Coast to take out the 50-54 Beach Flags.
Local legend Paul Lemmon from Terrigal continued his unstoppable run winning the 45-49 Surf Race and Ironperson and securing silver in the Rescue Tube Race and Bronze in the Board Race.
Overall Pointscore: Top 15
Avoca Beach SLSC
Bondi Surf Bathers LSC
Palm Beach SLSC
Ocean Beach SLSC
North Entrance SLSC
Umina SLSC Inc
North Bondi SLSC
For full results please visit the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters 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 17 Mar 2014