Southern Lifesavers Enjoy Age Champs

They might not have won many medals, but the junior lifesavers from southern NSW who made the trip to the 2016 State Surf Age Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina last week brought back plenty of fond memories.

Mollymook SLSC were the best performing South Coast club finishing just ahead of rivals Nowra - Culburra.

Competing in her first ever State Titles, young Mollymook lifesaver Lilli Hodge announced herself finishing 4th in the U9 Female Swim final, while club mates Stirling and Keeghan Norwood were both finalists in the U11 and U14 Beach Sprint events respectively.

Holly Abbey (Nowra-Culburra) reinforced her impressive beach resume finishing with silver in the U13 Female Beach Sprint, and 5th in the Flags.

A further four youngsters from Broulee Surfers, Batemans Bay SLSC and Narooma SLSC also made the long trip, and while they didn’t come away from the weekend with a medal they didn’t let that dampen their enthusiasm.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon believes it was a highly successful State Championships, and that the standard of skill on display bodes well for the future of surf sports.

“I would like to congratulate everyone for what was an extremely successful State Age Championships. It was certainly played in the right spirit, and all the Nippers, their families, and their clubs can look back with pride on what has been a fantastic surf sport season,” Mr Pidgeon.

“Some of our older Nipper competitors will now go on to get their first taste of national level racing at next month’s Australian Championships while our younger ones can look forward to an exciting finish with their club season. Regardless of whatever comes next they can be all proud of their achievements,” he concluded.

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships are proudly supported by ClubsNSW and will continue at Ocean Beach - Umina with the Masters Competition from Wednesday 9 March, and the Open Competition from Friday 11 March until Sunday 13 March.

2016 Final Age Point Score:

  • Manly LSC 348
  • Wanda SLSC 193
  • Cooks Hill SLSC 164
  • Elouera SLSC 162
  • Swansea Belmont SLSC 113
  • Avoca Beach SLSC 100
  • North Curl Curl SLSC 99
  • Bronte SLSC 98
  • Coogee SLSC (NSW) 82
  • South Maroubra SLSC 78

Tue 8 Mar 2016