Successful Weekend For Illawarra Juniors

Young lifesavers from across Illawarra had gold, silver, and bronze reasons to celebrate after returning from the 2016 NSW Surf Life Age Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina with a bagful of medals.

Bulli SLSC were the highflyers from the Illawarra Branch finishing an impressive equal 15th on the overall club point score ahead of Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC and Bellambi.

Some impressive performances from Bulli came courtesy of Holly Holmesby who finished 2nd in the U12 Female Board Race and Swim, and 3rd in the Ironwoman.

The veritable production line of Beach talent from Helensburgh-Stanwell Park shows no sign of slowing with all of the club’s medallists once more coming on the sand.

In his first season with the club (after enjoying state success previously with Towradgi SLSC) Sam Zustovich claimed gold in the U14 Male Beach Flags and also picked up a silver medal as part of the U14 Beach Relay team.

The U11 Beach Relay Female team were also gold medallists, while Jack Bridges (U13 Beach Flags) and Madison Agnew (U11 Beach Sprint) both finished the competition with a bronze medal.

Bellambi’s Brandon Morkos who took out the U13 Male Beach Flags and finished 3rd in the Beach Sprint, while Towradgi’s Lola Sossai picked up a bronze in the U11 Female Beach Flags.

The final Illawarra club who also enjoyed medal success in 2016 was Wollongong City SLSC who returned home with a gold and bronze medal thanks to Natalia Karakousis (U14 Female Beach Flags) and Tobias Delaney who claimed bronze in the U11 Male Beach Sprint final.

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