Coffs Harbour Fly The Flag For Northern Lifesavers

North Coast powerhouses Coffs Harbour SLSC were the best performing club from Northern NSW during the 2016 State Surf Life Saving Age Championships held at Ocean Beach – Umina on the Central Coast last weekend.

The club finished up in 22nd position overall after the 3-day competition ahead of all their North Coast and Far North Coast branch rivals.

Olissa Onley again demonstrated why she is regarded as a water athlete of the future coming away with Coff’s only individual medal in the U12 Female Board Race. She then teamed up with Hayley Fischer and Cloe Nolan for a dominant win in the U12 Board Relay which was regarded by all who saw it as one of the most commanding team performances of the carnival.

Sawtell’s sole medallist was Aidan Blaxland who picked up Bronze in the U12 Ironman, while Woolgoolga’s William Gromadzki was a finalist in the U12 Beach Sprint.

It was a challenging championship for junior lifesavers from the state’s Far North Coast. Cudgen’s Joey Warne just missed a medal in his favoured swim race in the U13s finishing in 4th spot, while Byron Bay SLSC weren’t able to match their success from the Country Championships finishing without a medal.

Lennox Head – Alstonville SLSC enjoyed a successful carnival finishing in equal 28th position but picked up medals in the U9 Surf Race through Niamh Sharpe (silver) with the youngster also winning gold in the Board Race at her first ever State Championship.

Yamba’s Kalani Ives was the only other medallist from the Far North Coast earning the bronze medal in the U11 Board Race.

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. 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