Far North’s Finest Win Medals At State Champs
The NSW Surf Lifesaving Age Championships supported by ClubsNSW staged at Umina and Ocean beaches on the Central Coast over the weekend produced another batch of team and individual state under 9 to under 14 champions.
Autumn came early to the nipper’s carnival that drew 3,500 competitors from 80 clubs along the eastern seaboard from as far north as the NSW/QLD border to Pambula in the south.
Showers over the three-day competition days made conditions hard-going for athletes and families and cut the day one program short. By Sunday’s finals the best was offered after the traditional morning march past; pleasant, dry conditions coupled with a light onshore breeze.
Heats interspersed with gold medal flag finals ran through to Saturday afternoon when the relay and individual sprint finals drew a large crowd to Ocean Beach’s sand track. On Sunday attention turned to the water at Ocean Beach for the surf and board events and the carnival highpoint, the under 14 ironman and woman.
One of the biggest and most successful clubs at the 2014 Country Champs, Cudgen Headland SLSC, travelled to State with an elite team of just over 20.
Team Manager, Darren Jones, said due to the higher standard of the NSW Champs only the kids who are serious competitors make the long ten hour trip down to Umina.
“It’s great for their development to compete at State. They’re up against the best of the best that this state has to offer including kids from Sydney who have been picked from such a large talent pool compared with our smaller region that any result is an amazing achievement,” said Darren.
Hayley Smith finished with a bronze in the U12s Ironwoman while Tom Swift got silver in the U12s Board.
Byron Bay’s Brad Hunt was the only gold medal winner from the club this year winning gold in the U13s Sprint while Yamba’s Kalani Ives won gold in the U9 Female Board.
Starting next Friday Umina and Ocean beaches will again fill with tents and the sound of starting guns and cheering when the Central Coast hosts the third of four consecutive championship weekends, the NSW Open state title, March 7-9, 2014.
Top 10 Overall Point Score:
1.) Manly LSC - 291
2.) Avoca Beach SLSC - 248
3.) Wanda SLSC Inc - 162
4.) Elouera SLSC - 152.5
5.) Swansea Belmont SLSC - 143
6.) Bronte SLSC - 135
7.) North Cronulla SLSC - 120
8.) South Maroubra SLSC - 101.5
9.) Coogee SLSC - 84.5
10.) Terrigal SLSC - 83
Tue 4 Mar 2014