North Bondi Riding the Crest

Former Uncle Toby’s ironman Scott Thompson has put North Bondi SLSC’s female water competitors on the crest in the competition arena at Umina and Ocean beaches, host clubs for the NSW Open Surf Life Saving Championship.

Day two conditions were ideal for swimmers and beach runners thanks to flat water and a cooling sea breeze. Board and ski competitors had to lean on their own fitness and stamina until the runners forming at the sandbank offered a late pick up.

Compared to the team’s performance a couple of years ago North Bondi SLSC was in the hunt and the talk on the beach is Thompson’s influence.

The winning girls under 15 Cameron team of Ally Christopher, Lizzie Welborn, Siobhan O’Leary and Angelina Lockley are year 9 and 10 students from Sydney’s south.

Following their Cameron state medal the gold medallists needed no encouragement when asked about Thompson’s guidance.

“He has so much experience and he’s such a good coach,” said Siobhan. “He makes training really fun and he’s really into team building,” echoed Ange.

Equally Thompson is enjoying putting back into the sport. “I got so much out of surf life saving. I travelled the world and was a professional ironman for 10 years.

“It’s rewarding teaching the kids what I learned and teaching them the right way to do it. If you put kids in the right environment they excel.

On his coaching philosophy he adds, “Rather than being about outstanding individuals at North Bondi we are building the momentum of the team”.

Ally and Lizzie picked up silver in the board rescue and gold in the board relay and Sari Bone, Ally, Siobhan and Lizzie out swam the field in the under 15 surf team event.

Next week the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships conclude with the Masters Championships and for full results please visit the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Opens Championships event page.

Mon 10 Mar 2014