Far South Coast Athletes Medal On Beach

Although small in numbers, Far South Coast athletes punched above their weight at the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina, bringing home three medals.

Narooma’s Jack Bennett streaked home to finish second in the U12 Beach Sprint final behind Avoca Beach’s Owen Flaherty on the opening day of the championships.

Holly Abbey (Nowra Culburra) continued her impressive 2015 season medalling in both the U12 Beach Sprint and Flag events. The young speedster defended the State title she won last year when she took gold in the sprint, and also earned bronze in what was a highly competitive flag event.

“Congratulations to Manly who defended their Champion Club trophy with a series of strong showings this weekend. I would like to thank Ocean Beach-Umina for their flexibility and passion as hosts of the NSW State Age Championships,” Surf Life Saving NSW Sport Manager Shane Knight said following the conclusion of the carnival.

“Both clubs certainly embody the spirit of getting things done despite the numerous challenges thrown their way.”

Mr Knight also praised the efforts of the nippers across the Age Championships, noting the highly competitive spirit on display.

“We’ve certainly seen some amazing performances on the beach and in the water over the three days of competition, and what is also really encouraging is how competitive the U14 events in particular were.

“These athletes will hopefully use their experiences here at State when they make the transition into senior events next season.”

Final Point-Score:

Manly LSC 300
Wanda SLSC 191
Avoca Beach SLSC 122
Bronte SLSC 111
South Maroubra SLSC 110
Elouera SLSC 109
North Cronulla SLSC 106
Cooks Hill SLSC 91
Swansea-Belmont SLSC 77
Collaroy SLSC 73

Photograph: Holly Abbey (Nowra-Culburra) powers down the sand to a gold medal at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015