Strong Showing From North Coast At Age Champs

Athletes from the North Coast branch came from the weekend’s NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships with a swag-full of medals.

Liam Nisbet from Bellinger Valley-North Beach earned bronze in the U14 Beach Sprint, a huge effort in what will be his last junior championships before making the step up to Opens next year. Club-mate Max Shaw didn’t receive a medal, but was a finalist in both the Beach Flags and Sprint in the U13s.

It was a big weekend for the Coffs Harbour club who brought home the most medals for the North Coast branch. Breah Fischer finished 3rd in the U9 Beach Flags and was a finalist in the Board Race, while it was double for the club in the U11 Female Board Race as Olissa Onley and Cloe Nolan finished 2nd and third respectively.

The duo then teamed up with Hayley Fischer to finish second in the U11 Board Relay. Hayley also claimed gold in the U11 Female Beach Sprint, while the boy’s also finished with a medal after the team of Jack Canning, Lachlan Golding, and Fred Mitchell finished third in the U13 Board Relay.

Woolgoolga’s William Gromadzki proved that coming from a smaller country club isn’t a barrier to achieving success against the best the state has to offer when he stormed home to win the U11 Beach Sprint title.

“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,” NSW Sport Manager Shane Knight said.

“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 Age 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: Max Shaw (Bellinger Valley-North Beach) dives for a flag at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015