NSW Clubs Clean Up At Aussies

NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs have put themselves on the map at the 2013 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships bringing home a hoard of medals.

North Kirra Beach was transformed last week following the arrival of over 6500 lifesavers from over 200 clubs for ‘Aussies’.

Manly was third in the overall pointscore at the conclusion of the competition on 221, after getting off to a great start with Candice Falzon, Naomi Flood and Devon Halligan securing gold for the second year in a row in the Open Women’s Ski Relay. The victory was a perfect way to celebrate Flood’s twenty-seventh birthday. Flood also took out the Gold medal in the Open Single Ski and Open Double Ski with team mate Candice Falzon.

Performances from the likes of Georgia Miller, Jessie O’Carroll and Lachlan Bruce also added to the Clubs overall success. Georgia secured Gold in the U17 Rescue Tube race, Open Surf Race and Open Board Rescue with team mate Candice Falzon, while U19 Jessie and U17 Lachlan shone in their respective Board Races. Lachlan also took out the U17 Male Champion Lifesaver.

Manly was also successful in team events taking out the Open Women’s Rescue Tube Rescue, U17 Male Board Rescue, U15 Women’s Cameron Relay and securing Silver in the Open and U17 Female Taplin Relays.

Athletes from Newport also dominated in the water claiming gold in three team events. Coach James Brooks was particularly impressed by the efforts of the U15 board relay team of Charlie Brooks, Callum Hargreaves and Guy Rees.

“I’m enormously proud," Brooks said. "For our club it lifts everyone to see the young guys doing well.”

The U19 surf team of Jonah Beard, Jayke Rees, Max Brooks and Cooper Halligan and the U17 surf team of Lachlan Reid, Jayke Rees, Oliver Signorini and David Euers also won their events.

Competitors from Cronulla including brothers Chris and Hayden Allum, Nathan Smith, Samuel Fowler, Cameron Pyett and Mitch Rofe showed what they were made of in the water and helped Cronulla SLSC finish sixth in the overall pointscore at the conclusion of the carnival.

Representing the Central Coast from Avoca Beach SLSC, defending and two-time national champion and 2012 world champion Lachlan Tame, once again proved he is just too good snaring his third straight National Title in the Open Men Single Ski.

Dream team boys from Elouera SLSC, Tom O'Keeffe and Dane Farrell, were impressive once again in the Open Male Board Rescue which they also won at the 2013 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.

In the boat area, the Mona Vale SLSC boys didn’t fail to impress securing Gold in the Open Male event. In a tight finish Mona Vale Black beat North Steyne and Batemans Bay with judges taking nearly 15 minutes to give their decision.

Boaties from NSW Clubs were very dominant with Queenscliff SLSC taking out the U23 Male event, Palm Beach the U23 Female event and Bulli the U19 Male event.

Sweep Peter Spence said his Aussie gold medal-winning U23 Palm Beach women’s crew had not missed making a final all season.

His crew of Charlie Nolan (bow), Jordan Tombes, Jenny Aetherr and Greta Beale beat North Cottesloe and Austinmer in a tight finish.

“We were at the southern end of the area and we have a really good start and then coming home when we pulled down the wave I knew we had won,” said Spence.

At the conclusion of the competition notable performances from NSW competitors meant that 12 NSW Surf Life Saving Clubs finished in the Top 20 on the overall point score compared to eight Clubs in 2012.

Congratulations to all competitors on a successful carnival. For full results from the 2013 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships please visit the SLSA website.

Wed 24 Apr 2013