Newport Seal The Deal At Open Champs

Sydney Northern Beaches powerhouse Newport have won the NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships over fierce rivals Manly for a second straight year on the back of some sensational performances on Finals Sunday.

It was the Mitchell Trim show with the Newport athlete managing to snag four gold medals in the space of two hours taking out the Open Lifesaver Relay, Single Ski, Double Ski and Mixed Ski events.

“There are so many good paddlers right now – Pete’s (Scott) been to the Olympics and is very experienced. Lachlan (Tame from Avoca Beach) is just one of many good ones and there is a heap of competition,” Trim said after his Single Ski Race.

“I knew that if I could get to the cans first then I would be in with a good chance as I back my fitness, but I didn’t expect to get these results even as late as last night, I’m totally over the moon.”

Max Brooks and younger brother Charlie also had a successful time in the water claiming gold in the Open Board and U17s Board respectively.

“It was a really hot field with a lot of very good paddlers. I made a mess of the start so I was actually quite far behind,” Max said.

“I saw Charlie’s race and I drew a bit of inspiration from it. He performed really well, which was great to see. I saw him get a good wave on the ride in, and I hoped I would be able to get the same.

Veteran Queenscliff competitor Christopher Allum wound back the clock in the Open Surf Race to claim gold over a fast-finishing Wallace Eggleton (Bronte) and Jay Furniss (Manly).

“I got very lucky as I aimed higher up the beach and just managed to jag it at the end. But I’ll take it! It’s my first state title for a couple of years and I’ve got nine of them now, and they’re all very special,” he said.

“We have a great group of kids coming through at the club and they keep me on my toes at training.”

In the Ironman events Warilla-Barrack Point’s Matthew Sperring won the U15s after he also took gold in the swim, while Luke Chaffer (Cudgen Headland) claimed the U17s title.

“It was a very tough race with the wind and choppy conditions really testing the field. The swim was definitely my weakest leg so I knew I was really going to have to work hard to keep in touch with the top. I just took a couple of deep breaths and really went for it on the board, and fortunately it paid off for me,” Chaffer said.

“I want to thank my coach Scott McCartney for all his hard work.”

There was more joy for the Central Coast Branch in the U19 Ironman when Brad McCloghry (Avoca Beach) was first past the post. But the biggest cheer was reserved for 34-year-old Nathan Smith of Manly who downed Kendrick Louis (Newport) and Jack Moyes (Terrigal) in a hotly contested Open Ironman Race.

In the women’s field Newport’s Georgia Miller displayed class taking out both the U19 and Open Ironwoman titles on the way to eleven gold medals for the competition. Lily Costello (Redhead) won the U17 Race, while Manly’s Naomi Scott powered to victory in the U15s.

The ClubsNSW Arena was called into action for the last time these championships when it hosted the Beach Flags event. Collaroy claimed bragging rights in the open division with Dean Scarf and Katie Williams both diving to gold.

After over a decade’s absence from the State Championships, Katie’s brother Nick won the silver medal in the open division behind good friend and club mate Scarf. Narooma’s Lily Bennett and Lawson Christiansen (Caves Beach) won gold in the U15s with Christiansen’s victory sealing the sprint/flag double. Ngaire Hadfield (Cronulla) and club-mate Charlie Gluskie took gold in the U17s just ahead of Kate Lewis (Helensburgh-Stanwell Park) and Jedd Mitchell (Coffs Harbour). Victory in the U19 division went to Keeleigh McCauley (Helensburgh-Stanwell Park) and Andras Eglesz (Newport).

“Congratulations to Newport for taking out the club point-score. We’ve had a great three days of competition here at Ocean Beach-Umina who have once again been wonderful hosts,” NSW Surf Life Saving Sports Manager Shane Knight said following the championships.

“The standard of competition has been extremely high and it was a fitting celebration to honour the centenary of the founding of surf sports.”

View the full results on the event page here:

Final Point-Score:

Newport SLSC 419
Manly LSC 340
Wanda SLSC 172
North Cronulla SLSC 169
Avoca Beach SLSC 150
Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC 147
Elouera SLSC 132
Collaroy SLSC 120
Umina SLSC 115
Redhead SLSC 105

Photograph: Mitchell Trim and Luke Jones paddle their way to victory on Day 3 of the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championship.

Sun 15 Mar 2015