Master's Athlete Sets Sights On English Channel World Record

Sydney athletes have come out with plenty of big results at the culmination of the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Masters Championships over the weekend at Ocean Beach/Umina.

In a strong effort Coogee(3rd), Maroubra(4th) and Bondi(5th) all featured in the overall top 10 club point score.

With athletes ranging from 30yrs to over 70 there were plenty of inspiring tales from on the beach including 2014 bronze medallist 70yr old Bondi local Cyril Baldock who plans to swim the English Channel later this year for the second time. If he is successful he will break the world record as the oldest person to ever brave that fearsome crossing.

Cyril has been training five days a week averaging up to 6km a session in the pool. On Saturdays he swims for even longer in the ocean averaging between 6-8hrs a session at this stage, these times will steadily increase as the trip gets nearer.

With 5 months to go before his expected August swim, the State Championships are a welcome distraction for Cyril.

“While I do miss my normal Saturday open water training swim I would not miss the State Champs for anything. I love the camaraderie and competitive spirit of my team members and the opposition, some who I have been competing against for over half a century,” he said.

Olympic kayaker Sasa Vujanic from Cronulla cruised home to take out the 30-34 Male Single Ski Race.

Having moved to Australia from Serbia ten years ago, Vujanic was taken by the beach culture and decided to join the surf club.

"I have a family and I am a high school teacher so it is challenging to juggle everything but surf lifesaving is so fun. These conditions today are perfect for me as I prefer flat water racing," said Mr Vujanic.

The top 15 clubs in the overall club point score are as follows:

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