NSW Athletes Perform Strongly at The Aussies

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships has been a resounding success for NSW clubs with an excellent start from the Youth teams and a solid effort by our Masters competitors.

It was an outstanding start to The Aussies for Manly LSC with Emily Doyle (under-14) and Naomi Scott (under-15) winning three gold medals each. The pair won their surf race finals, took gold in the under-15 surf team and finished off day two with a gold in the under-15 board rescue for Emily with Grace Gurr and gold in the ironwoman for Naomi.

Newport was close on Manly’s radar thanks to Kristie Edwards who made it a golden double for the weekend, winning the under-15 flags and sprint finals.

Tacking Point’s Ryan Carroll continued his exceptional form from the NSW Championships going home with two gold medals and a silver. The 15-year-old showed his class taking out the board race and rescue tube finals along with silver in the ironman.

More gold medallists from the Youth competition included Chloe Mannix-Power from Cronulla who won the under-14 beach sprint making it a state and national double. Elouera’s Chloe Gentle took out the under-14 2km run while Isaac Sanderson from Wauchope Bonny Hills won the boys.

Finn Flaherty (Avoca) finished with gold in the under-14 board and silver in the Ironman behind Cooks Hill’s Ethan Coates. Meanwhile, Zoe Hughes from Byron Bay crossed the line first in the under-14 board.

Lawson Christiansen (Caves Beach) won the boys’ under-15 flags, while North Cronulla’s Alex Rampoldi won the girls under-14 flags gold and finished second in the beach sprint. It was a similar story for NSW competitors in the Masters with a host of gold medals in each age group with solid performances from Queenscliff, Bondi and North Bondi.

Starting from the youngest age, Kurt Hanson (Freshwater) took out board, swim and rescue tube rescue in the 30-34 years while Chad Poland from Nowra-Culburra left the Gold Coast with two gold, two silvers and a bronze medal. Chad finished first in the Ironman and the 2km beach run, second in both board & tube and third in the swim.

In the age group above, Bondi’s Simon Nothling and Dori Miller pushed themselves to claim gold in the swim and tube. Dori Miller made it three gold medals teaming up with Louise Santos in the board rescue. Nathan McKay continued the efforts of Kristie Edwards on the sand crossing first in both the sprint and flags for Newport.

Terrigal’s Paul Lemmon made himself very well-known at The Aussies winning the swim, tube and ironman in the 45-49 years and finishing second in the board race and board rescue with James Purcell. Michael Gedz (Queenscliff) claimed the sprint and flags double.

Swansea Belmont’s Marilyn Clarence won the 1km beach run, flags, ironwoman, single ski, swim, ski, board and tube in the 60-64 years, with Janice Gielis (Cudgen) taking gold in the board and tube. Ken Cook made the North Coast proud taking home two gold medals for Urunga in the 70+ years swim and tube.

In the boats, Elouera won the men’s 160 years race while North Cronulla claimed gold in the men’s 180 years race. While in the women, Avalon Beach secured the state and national double in the 180 years ahead of Cape Hawke.

Open athletes have been competing for the last two days with great numbers of NSW clubbies showing promise throughout the heats and semi-finals. A bunch of medals have already been taken home by our clubs with two more days of racing ahead.

Sydney Branch have smashed the female beach sprints with Coogee’s Jessica Thornton winning the under-17s, and Elouera taking out the under-19 and open thanks to Renee Stortenbeker and Elly Graf.

Newport have been solid again, claiming both under-17 and under-19 male surf team gold. Staying in the water, Avoca Beach beat favourites Newport in the open male ski relay and Redhead took out the under-19 male rescue tube rescue.

On the sand, Oliver Hoare (North Cronulla) and Gilbert Olzomer (Queenscliff) won gold in the under-19 and opens 2km beach run, while sisters Amy and Lily Harding-Delooze finished first and second in the under-17s. Edan Clarke from MacMasters Beach finished strongly to win gold and show he’s one to watch in years to come.

Good luck to all open competitors who will be racing over the weekend!

For live results and live streaming throughout the last two days head over to the SLSA website.


Photo: Naomi Scott and Emily Doyle after their surf swim victories. Harvpix/www.harvpix.com.

Fri 17 Apr 2015