Hunter Masters Show How It's Done at NSW Championships

The NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships supported by ClubsNSW and staged at Umina and Ocean beaches on the Central Coast over the weekend produced another batch of team and individual state champions aged over thirty.

Athletes from the Hunter region showed they still have what it takes with the likes of Murray Davies (Caves Beach) and Lee Howes (Newcastle) cruising past their counter parts in their respective races.

Murray Davies, wearing his 12 year old daughter Eliza’s nipper cap for good luck, convincingly secured gold in the 45-49 years Single Ski and later went on to take out the Double Ski with team mate Bryan Searle.

“That was hard work. It is very flat and there is little assistance but I really enjoy competing and keeping fit and I love training and having something to work towards,” said Murray.

Murray has been involved in surf lifesaving for sixteen years after his children became involved in nippers and is the current Australian Single Ski champion in the 45+ age group. He juggles his dedication to the sport and training with being a firefighter, owning an electrical business and taking care of his family.

“When I get older I definitely want to be a ski paddler like Dad,” a proud Eliza said.

While her teammates say that veteran Lee Howes is a big part of the strong Masters culture at the Newcastle SLSC, Howes herself says that the secret lies in keeping competition fun and social.

“We’re lucky we’ve really got a good crew of masters. We train together quite a bit but it’s all very social and if you can’t have a beer together and unwind then what’s the point really,” said Lee.

But behind the social scene there is a real determination to win for Howes and her Newcastle club mates. Howes collected a personal haul of five individual medals including two gold, two silver and a bronze while club mate Alan Metcalf won three medals including a bronze in the 65-69 ironman, a gold in the 65-69 ski and a gold in the Double Ski with David Quinlivan.

Other notable performances from Hunter competitors included Matthew Kent from Redhead who took out the 35-39 Board Race and obtained silver in the Ironperson. Also from Redhead Boyd Conrick secured the 2KM Beach Run while Ray Terrill took out the 55-59 Single Ski Race.

Overall Pointscore: Top 15

Queenscliff SLSC
Avoca Beach SLSC
Coogee SLSC
Maroubra SLSC
Bondi Surf Bathers LSC
Palm Beach SLSC
Newport SLSC
Terrigal SLSC
Ocean Beach SLSC
North Entrance SLSC
Redhead SLSC
Cronulla SLSC
Manly LSC
Umina SLSC Inc
North Bondi SLSC

For full results please visit the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships event page.

Pending final Council approval the NSW Championships will return to Ocean Beach/Umina in 2015 with final dates yet to be determined.

Mon 17 Mar 2014