Hunter Lifesavers Out For Glory At Age Titles

Over 200 young lifesavers from the Hunter Branch will be chasing medals and personal bests when the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships gets underway on the state’s Central Coast later this week.

It promises to be a barnstorming three days of competition as the best young lifesavers vie for medals and the chance to write their names into the history of the largest surf carnival of its type in Australia.

Athletes from 11 Hunter clubs will make the trip with Swansea-Belmont SLSC (68) and Caves Beach SLSC (49) leading the way. Other heavily represented local clubs include Fingal Beach, Redhead, and Newcastle.

Among the athletes who will make the trip are 2015 medallists Flynn Hamilton, Joel O’Callaghan and Hayley Walmsley and Bella Williams all of Cooks Hills SLSC.

Swansea enjoyed considerable success in the team events last season and will be hoping for a repeat of their efforts. Ashby Allen and Nicholas Stoddert enjoyed success in the U12 Water events last year, and the Swansea-Belmont duo will be out to add to those medals with another year of racing experience under their belts.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon expects that the 2016 State Champs will be a memorable experience for all the athletes, officials, volunteers, and spectators who make the trip.

“The State Championships are always eagerly anticipated by our young members who will be looking forward to testing themselves against the best competitors from around the state in a diverse range of events,” Mr Pidgeon said.

“They will also get to experience firsthand the comradery that lifesaving is famous for, and this will hopefully encourage them to stay involved in lifesaving. Many of our long-serving members still look back fondly at their time competing at the State Champs and other surf carnivals, and they will all be adding to this history.”

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving State Age Championships, proudly supported by ClubsNSW takes place over three exciting days at Ocean Beach – Umina from this Friday 4 March

Photograph - Bella Williams will be out to repeat her efforts from last year when she takes to the water at Ocean Beach - Umina. Credit Stephen Chu

Mon 29 Feb 2016