NSW Interbranch Championships

An elite squad from each of the 11 SLS Branches in NSW will compete at the 2012 Interbranch Championships at Black Head SLSC on 8-9 December.

Each of the 11 regional branches within Surf Life Saving NSW is sending a representative team to the Interbranch Championships, ensuring one of the highest standards of competition during the surf sports season. And while state supremacy is on the line at the event, higher honours are in the offing for the best-performing athletes with the NSW State Team to be announced on Sunday at the conclusion of the event.

With state representative places still up for grabs, the Interbranch Championships is the last chance for athletes to push their claims to be selected to compete at the Interstate Championships, to be held at Newport Beach in Sydney on 21-22 January 2013.

Last year’s Interbranch winners, Sydney Northern Beaches will be looking to retain their title, with Captains Laura Shorter and Tom Atkinson leading a pack of strong competitors including Candice Falzon, Devon Halligan, Cooper Krenkels, Max and Charlie Brooks, Mieke Kassulke and Jake Lynch all hoping they will again be the branch to beat. Jake Lynch will be fresh back from the World Lifesaving Championships where he won both the Open Male Beach Flags and Open Sprint and Mieke, Candice and Devon won gold for Manly LSC in the Oceanwomen (Ironwoman) Relay.

Sydney Branch will field a strong team, enhanced by the inclusion of Bridget Little, Tahnee Fleming, Tara Coleman, Elly Graf, Dane Farrell and U19s competitors Jay Furniss, Bree Masters and William Budd. At the recent World Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide Jay broke the world record in the super lifesaver event and collected three gold, a silver and a bronze. Bree took home six gold medals, a silver and a bronze all in the first week of competition, while Will won gold in the board rescue event.

The Central Coast will enter another incredibly strong team in an attempt to win back the trophy they were forced to relinquish in 2008. The Gasparotto sisters, Elyssia and Alessandra, Karlee Nurthen, Bianca Mould, Rachelle King, Tim Schofield and Jack Moyes are all in top form.

A strong contingent from the Far North Coast includes Ela and Zoe Heiniger, Jarrod Cain and Luke Chaffer.

From the North Coast participants such as Ky Kinsela, Jessica Moore, Emily Girard, Declan Leaney and Jed Mitchell will be looking for top results throughout the competition after performing well at the 2011 Interbranch Championships.

The Lower North Coast team are fired up to improve on their result from last year and use the home advantage, with Jack Nicholson, Lily Smyth and Elle Atkinson all in the mix.

The leading Mid North Coast performers include Samantha Broomby and Tiana Rickwood who will compete alongside 31 team mates.

A very strong Hunter Branch team will keep the point score close going into the final events on Sunday. Hunter competitors include Danielle Radford, Isak Costello, Isaac Morgan, Hamish Lorang, Hannah Trypas and Karly Falzon.

From the Illawarra, top competitors Mitch Fagerstrom, Lachlan O’Grady, Hannah Minogue, Laura Humphries, Blake Drysdale and sisters Mali and Kiah Taylor are all in fine form and eager to improve on the Branch’s fifth placing from last year. U13 Beach Sprint Champion Brock Scrivener will also compete for the Illawarra Branch this year.

As the leading Country Branch, a strong South Coast team will give the city branches a run for their money, with top competitors such as Hayden White, Lara Pecchiari, Ben Carberry, Noah and Kalani Starling, Matthew Sperring, Emily and Jessica Rosskelly and Maddison Prior who have all been impressive in carnivals such as the Endurance Championships and Country Championships so far this year.

The Far South Coast surf sports competitors Peter Griffiths, Tom Pritchard, Grace Knox and Jess Reid will be keen to showcase their talent against the larger NSW branches after all competing well at the 2011 Interbranch Championships.

The Interbranch is unique in format, with a maximum of 52 athletes from each branch, comprised of three male and female competitors in the Under-12, Under-13, Under-14, Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 and Open age groups. Typically, each branch has entered two water specialists in each category, along with a specialist beach competitor.

The opening day comprises mainly individual competition while day two features team events.

Full event details and results can be found on the NSW Interbranch Championships Event Page.

Thu 29 Nov 2012