Manly Crowned Age Champions
Manly Lifesaving Club cemented their reputation as one of strongest Nipper clubs in the state after they notched up their seventh consecutive win at the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships finishing ahead of the rival clubs Wanda and Cooks Hill at Ocean-Beach Umina on Sunday.
Manly Head Coach Graham Bruce said that it was a fantastic achievement by the Manly youngsters and he is confident that the future of Surf Life Saving is in safe hands.
“What it’s really all about is everyone giving their best. It’s not just about coaching the kids it’s dealing with the emotions about how to deal with winning and losing, and letting them know that some days you’re going to have good luck and sometimes you will have bad luck,” Bruce said.
“The other clubs are getting stronger all the time and it’s great to see that there is so much competition and anyone can win any race. The life experiences that kids can learn from Surf Life Saving are incredibly valuable.”
The last day of the Age Championships commenced with the traditional March Past event and it was Collaroy SLSC which won the first gold medal of the day finishing just ahead of Manly and Caves Beach.
Attention then switched to the water for a morning of high quality finals in the Board, Iron, Swim and Relay events.
Among a host of strong performances was an outstanding achievement by Umina’s Lachlan Braddish. Racing in his favoured swim event for the final time as a Nipper, Lachlan surged home on a wave to claim gold in the U14 Swim.
The win meant that the 14-year-old has now won the same event at every State Title since the Under 9s – an achievement that is believed not to have been done in recent memory.
“I just tried to get a good start, which I did and just wanted to lead all the way and hope there were no waves coming up behind me for the others to jag on,” said Braddish.
“I was really relieved to finish as I wanted to win the whole Nipper series throughout my years in it so it felt great."
Other winners on the final day of competition included Ashby Allen (Swansea-Belmont) U13 Male Board, Zach Morris (Manly) U14 Ironman, Mia Ross (Wanda ) U14 Ironwoman, Madeleine Hardy (South Maroubra) U12 Female Swim and Freya Konetschniki (Cooks Hill) U13 Board.
The pinnacle event of the carnival in the water, the All Age Board Relay, was taken out in a nail-biting finish by the team from Wanda.
NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon was effusive with his praise for a highly successful State Championships.
The fact that so many clubs recorded strong results on the final day is a real positive for lifesaving. Congratulations to Manly for their success in defending their Title, but all of our Nippers can look back fondly on another successful surf sport season,” said Mr Pidgeon.
He also acknowledged the fantastic efforts by host clubs Umina and Ocean Beach who have staged the championships for the last four years.
“We have had a wonderful time on the Central Coast and both clubs have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that all lifesavers from NSW have had a positive experience at the State Championships.”
The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships are proudly supported by ClubsNSW and will continue with the Masters Competition from Wednesday 9 March.
Download Age Champs Final Results here.
2016 Final Age Point Score:
- Manly LSC 348
- Wanda SLSC 193
- Cooks Hill SLSC 164
- Elouera SLSC 162
- Swansea Belmont SLSC 113
- Avoca Beach SLSC 100
- North Curl Curl SLSC 99
- Bronte SLSC 98
- Coogee SLSC 82
- South Maroubra SLSC 78
Sun 6 Mar 2016