Collaroy Cleans Up Senior Flags

Collaroy’s small contingent of Open Beach Flags competitors exploded onto the state stage with two gold and a silver the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships last weekend. Not satisfied with their performance, the trio are hungry for more success.

Katie Williams’ talents are well known on the circuit and she once again delivered when it mattered most, but it was the form of her brother Nick and his training partner Dean Scarff that was talk of the ClubsNSW Arena at Ocean Beach-Umina.

“It’s my first state medal ever and the first time I’ve competed at this level for many years,” said a delighted Nick Williams who claimed silver in the Open Male event.

A large part of the Williams Clan was on hand to watch the two siblings run around, and it was clear that the two have a deep respect for each other as well as the sport.

“The way the draw worked was really good as I was able to watch Katie do her thing before focusing back on my race. I was really nervous for her, maybe she felt the same watching me, I don’t know you’d have to ask her!” he laughed.

“But she did really well and it’s great for our club and our family that we were both able to get a medal.”

Nick Williams looked in good touch during the early stages of the Flags event, but couldn’t get close to club-mate Dean Scarff who also claimed gold in the Open Beach Sprint.

“Dean’s a great athlete and is awesome to train with. He’s so quick that even when I try to cut inside him to get a flag he still beats me to it. We really push each other and it’s a lot of fun working with him,” he said.

Scarff was quick to pay tribute to his mate saying that it was their competitive training sessions that played a major part in him claiming the Flag/Sprint double.

“It’s really pleasing to get the double even though I totally didn’t expect to. I’m really happy for Nick as we get on really well and push each other at training,” he said.

“I haven’t really trained with anyone else for I’d say around a season or two as we didn’t really have that many competitors in the club, but now every practice session is of high quality and a real test.”

Katie Williams is her own harshest critic – she was happy to claim another major title, but disappointed with some of the technical aspects of her performance.

“I’m really happy to get the win, but my form was a bit messy. I had a stumble when we were down to the final three and a little slip as well in that last race,” she said.

“It’s so boggy out there that if you slipped in a pothole in the sand you were pretty much gone. The wind and rain made it quite tough.”

The season may be winding down, but she has no plans to scale back any of her commitments.

“I’m going to spend the next couple of weeks working on my form and balance and try and get that right before Aussies.”

Rival clubs beware this talented Collaroy trio are hungry for more success, and after the form they displayed at the State Champs they just might have to free up some more space in the trophy cabinet.

Photograph: Nick and Katie Williams are all smiles after the Open Flag Final.

Tue 17 Mar 2015