NSW Clubbies Impress On The Global Sporting Stage

Three NSW clubbies from Coogee SLSC and Bondi LSC have had huge success on the international sporting stage in August.

Jessica Thornton (Coogee SLSC), Dori Miller and Cyril Baldock (Bondi LSC) have each pushed themselves to the limit in recent weeks to achieve phenomenal results in their respective sports.

Jess, who is just 16 years old and won gold in the Beach Sprint at Aussies and the NSW Championships this year has picked up a gold medal in the 400m sprint at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Jess ran a personal best time of 52.50s to win the gold medal and this time now currently ranks her as third fastest Australian of all ages for 2014.

Jess has found her whole Youth Olympics experience unforgettable.

“It’s been amazing. The whole cultural stuff, the village experience and then competing and wearing the green and gold has been amazing,” the teenager said. Following her huge performance Jess has received the ultimate honour being named the Australian flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony.

On the other end of the spectrum, 70 year old fitness fanatic, Cyril Baldock became the oldest person in history to swim the English Channel. Cyril swam the channel in a gruelling 12hrs and 45 minutes.

Cyril swam the channel to fundraise money for the Melanoma Institute of Australia after a number of his close friends were affected by melanomas.

Another Bondi lifesaver and 2013/14 NSW Masters Athlete of the Year, Dori Miller, also achieved notoriety on the global sporting stage completing a rare double crossing of the English Channel. The incredible effort saw Dori make landfall after 26 hours and 21 minutes.

Surf Life Saving NSW would like to congratulate all three on their incredible accomplishments.

Fri 29 Aug 2014