South Coast Athletes Dominate at State

Surf athletes from Warilla-Barrack Point SLSC were on fire at the 2013 Allphones NSW Opens Surf Life Saving Championships held at Ocean Beach-Umina from 8-10 March.

Around 3200 competitors from U15 through to Opens battled it out on the beach and in the water for State Titles glory.

Scott Smith and Maddison Prior took the gold in the Open mixed ski race after never paddling together before.

“It was a tough race, there was no assistance the whole way, but we gave everything we had and it payed off,” said Scott.

Up and coming U19 competitor Ben Carberry also featured in the results taking out the single ski race.

“That was a really hard paddle, my arms are so sore! I was pretty confident I could hold the lead once I got it though,” said Ben.

Ben was very unlucky in the ironman where he was leading the whole way and then rolled due to a rogue wave in the ski leg. He managed to regain his composure and place in sixth.

Zoe Elkerton was Shellharbour SLSC’s only representative.

The under 19 ‘lonely only’ might not have had a huge team behind her, but she had a huge impact where it counted – on the dais.

The second year Wollongong University PE student, who has been with her club since under 6 nippers, dug deep and came away a dual gold medal winner.

Elkerton beat a stellar field in both the under 19 and open women’s surf race. In the under 19 surf race Elkerton made sure she flew off the start line, “It’s easier when you aren’t fighting for first place. I tried to keep in the lead in case a wave came, which it didn’t.”

Sunday’s swell was the largest of the three-day carnival, some competitors finally getting the leg up they had hoped for. Leading up to Sunday there were few lucky waves to break up the field, podium finishes coming from the strongest in the pack.

She backed up for the open women’s surf race, her nine swim sessions a week standing her in good stead for the main event. When she and Manly’s star swimmer, Georgia Miller, got up for the sprint to the finish they were barely separated then Miller stumbled and fell, the enormity of her loss causing her to pause for a few seconds before she ran into second place. Manly’s Devon Halligan finished third.

Still puffing from her open surf race Elkerton grabbed her ski and headed to the under 19 final but couldn’t make an impact on the top three.

On being the only Shellharbour competitor at the state carnival Elkerton says, “Our neighbouring club is Warilla so we all hang together.”

Elkerton paid tribute to her swim coach Ron McKeon and her board coach Wayne Cavanagh.

Around 3,500 competitors aged under 15 through to opens battled it out over three days on the beach and in the water at Ocean Beach –Umina which will also play host to next year’s state title from the 28th of February to the 2nd of March for the Age Championships and the 7th to the 9th of March for the Open event. The Masters competitors will have their own dedicated event to be held on the 15th and 16th of March. Lifesaving events will be held on 22nd and 23rd of February.

Full results from the 2013 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships can be found on the event page.

Tue 12 Mar 2013