Manly Crowned Age Champions

Manly have been crowned Age Champions for a sixth straight year after another dominant performance at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships. Wanda finished second, with Avoca Beach rounding out the top three.

With the beach events completed over the first two days of competition, all eyes switched to the water for finals Sunday, and the youngsters didn’t disappoint with a number of eye-catching performances.

In the U11 Female Surf race Madeleine Hardy (South Maroubra) edged out club mate Lily Finati, while Swansea Belmont’s Beau McGregor took out the U11 male surf.

Tiger Walker (Bronte) had a very strong championships winning gold in the U12 Female Surf and Board races, but was unable to complete the individual water trifecta when she took the silver behind Bella Williams (Cooks Hill) in the Ironwoman.

The U12s Male Ironman was a tightly fought race with Tyler Krenkels (Manly) edging out Riley Dixon (Wanda) who also won silver in the Surf Race.

Keira Warn (Wanda) took out the U13 Female Surf Race with club mate Mia Ross winning the Ironwoman event. Manly’s Georgia Singleton got gold in the Female Board.

In the U13 Male events Umina’s Lachlan Braddish won gold on his home beach in the Ironman and Surf races with Josh Murphy (Swansea Belmont) taking out the Board Race.

In their last ever Junior Age titles before making the step up to Opens, the U14 water events were hotly contested.

The U14 Female board race was an incredibly close affair as a line-up of seven athletes managed to catch a wave right into shore. It came down to the sprint finish with Manly’s Emily Doyle finishing just ahead of Hughes (Byron Bay) and Nicola Owen (Merewether).

The race continued Doyle’s hot run of form at these championships with the talented athlete also taking out the Ironwoman, and Surf Race events, and picking up a bronze alongside her teammates in the Surf Teams event for good measure.

North Cronulla’s Leo Nosatti timed his run to perfection in the U14 Male Ironman catching a wave to shore that gave him a victory of around 10 metres.

“It was pretty flat out there and it took a lot of hard work to make sure I stayed with the forward pack.

“I knew once I got into the break zone it was going to be anyone’s game, and that wave I managed to get at the end was really nice. It took the pressure off my shoulder and gave me a chance to focus on recovery as I came in,” Nosatti said.

A modest Nosatti said it was the efforts of his coaches that deserve the credit for his performance.

“I’d like to thank Grant Stewart at Sutherland Leisure Centre Aquadot for all the hard work he’s put in into developing my technique. My club coaches Steve and Wal have been a great help, and my mum’s been super supportive.”

It’s been a busy couple of days for the Sydney athlete as he picked up a silver and bronze medal as well for his efforts in the Surf and Board races.

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

The 2015 NSW Surf Lifesaving Championships, proudly supported by ClubsNSW will continue on Wednesday 11 March when the Masters competition gets underway.

Picture: Emily Doyle (Manly), Zoe Hughes (Byron Bay), and Nicola Owen (Merewether) are all smiles after the final of the U14 Female Board on Day 3 of the Age Championships.
Credit: Suzanne Macphillamy / Surf Life Saving NSW

Sun 8 Mar 2015