Successful Weekend For Hunter Lifesavers

Junior Lifesavers from Cooks Hill and Swansea-Belmont had plenty of reasons to smile at the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina last weekend with the two Hunter clubs both finishing inside the coveted top five.

Cooks Hill SLSC exceeded even their best expectations to finish in third position, two points in front of fourth placed Elouera continuing their rapid rise within the Surf Life Saving ranks.

Their successful weekend was driven largely by outstanding performances in the team events, but they also earned a number of individual medals.

Alexander Walker finished with two gold medals (Board and Swim) in the U9 Males, Freya Konetschnik (U13) won gold in the Board Race and was part of a number of medal winning teams, and Saxon Coates finished with 7 medals including gold in the U13 Board Rescue, Board Relay, and Cameron Relay Events, silver in the U13 Swim, and bronze in the Ironman.

Fellow club mate Bella Williams also returns home with 7 medals including 2 gold in the team events, silver in the Swim and bronze in the Ironwoman.

Caves Beach SLSC and Redhead SLSC added to a successful weekend for Hunter clubs finishing with a number of medals. Zara Foran (Redhead) won gold in the U10 Female Board Race, and Bronze in the Swim, while Alayah Gabbidon (Caves Beach) picked up silver in the U12 Beach Sprint. Hayley Walmsley and Alyssa Ingram combined to win bronze in the U12 Board Rescue event.

It was a good weekend for Swansea-Belmont with plenty of success in the water events. Beau McGregor won 5 medals including gold in the U12 Board Relay and Board Relay and silver in the Ironman, while Ashby Allan brought home 6 medals including gold in the U13 Male Board Race and silver in the Ironman among a haul of team medals.

In other good news for the club from the shores of Lake Macquarie they also learned that they successfully won the bid to host the next two editions of the Surf Life Saving Championships for the first time since 2010.

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