Hunter’s Big Weekend at Age Champs

For most Hunter athletes, Ocean Beach-Umina is just a stroll down the highway, and this short commute worked to their advantage with a number of exceptional performances at the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships.

Cooks Hill picked up individual medals in the younger age groups through Tiana Sargeant U9 Board (bronze), and Flynn Hamilton U10 Board (Silver).

Their best individual performer was Bella Williams who earned three medals in the U12 water events. Williams finished third in the Board, second in the Surf Race and won the Ironwoman event. Saxon Coates finished just outside the medals in a hotly contested U12 Ironman race.

Cooks Hill also performed strongly in the team events picking up a few medals including a silver in the U9 Male Beach Relay.

Hayley Walmsley (U11 Board), and Joel O’Callaghan (U11 Ironman) both claimed individual gold for Caves Beach, while the Junior March Past team prevented a Sydney clean sweep of the medals when they finished second in the traditional event.

It was a big championships for Swansea-Belmont who claimed a number of medals across the competition.

Jesse Smith (U14 Ironman) and Sophie Hibberd (U11 Beach Sprint) both finished with a bronze medal, while club mates Beau McGregor (U11 Board and Surf), Ashby Allen (U12 Board), and Josh Murphy (U13 Board) all claimed individual gold. Allen also finished with a bronze in a very close U12 Ironman race.

Nicola Owen (Merewether) earned bronze in what was a highly competitive U14 Board Race, while Fingal Beach’s Grace Hewitt finished second in the U11 Beach Sprint.

Catherine Hill Bay also finished amongst the medals with Nicholas Stoddart (U12 Board) earning a bronze and the U13 Male Relay team finishing with gold.

“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 Surf Life Saving 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: Bella Williams (Cooks Hill) earned three medals in the water during the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Champions at Ocean Beach-Umina.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015