Port Macquarie Flies The Flag For Mid-North Coast

A small but dedicated group of Nippers from across the Mid-North Coast travelled to the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina last weekend.

There were a number of encouraging performances for the junior lifesavers involved as they tested themselves against the best NSW has to offer, but it was Port Macquarie who would be returning with medals.

Cayden Briscoe claimed bronze in the U10 Flags as did club mate Jaidyn Rossiter in a hotly contest U11 Beach Sprint. In fact that race was a real highlight for country clubs with two of the three medals on offer going to country athletes after Woolgoolga’s William Gromadzki stormed to victory.

Rossiter went on to claim individual gold in the U11 Beach Flags, with the club also enjoying further success in that event after Tyler Hyde finished third in the U14s.

“Congratulations to Manly who defended their Champion Club trophy with a series of strong showings this weekend. I would like to thank Ocean Beach-Umina for their flexibility and passion as hosts of the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships,” Surf Life Saving NSW Sport Manager Shane Knight said following the conclusion of the carnival.

“Both clubs certainly embody the spirit of getting things done despite the numerous challenges thrown their way.”

Mr Knight also praised the efforts of the nippers across the Age Championships, noting the highly competitive spirit on display.

“We’ve certainly seen some amazing performances on the beach and in the water over the three days of competition, and what is also really encouraging is how competitive the U14 events in particular were.

“These athletes will hopefully use their experiences here at State when they make the transition into senior events next season.”

Final Point-Score:

Manly LSC 300
Wanda SLSC 191
Avoca Beach SLSC 122
Bronte SLSC 111
South Maroubra SLSC 110
Elouera SLSC 109
North Cronulla SLSC 106
Cooks Hill SLSC 91
Swansea-Belmont SLSC 77
Collaroy SLSC 73

Photograph: Port Macquarie's Jaidyn Rossiter was in fine form on the beach at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships on the state's Central Coast.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015