Surf Juniors Kick Off State Champs

The stage is set for the 2013 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships as the state’s best surf athletes descend on Ocean Beach–Umina from Friday 1 March.

More than 8000 individual competitors will arrive on the Central Coast to test their skills and fight it out for glory in the water and on the beach.

The Allphones NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships will commence with the junior competition at Ocean Beach-Umina from 1- 3 March while their older counterparts will take centre stage from 6-10 March.

Manly Life Saving Club, winner of last year’s Age Championships is fielding a strong team of competitors in the hope they can achieve back to back wins. Remi Krenkels who dominated the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships is in fine form heading in to the competition. Remi convincingly took out the U14 surf race, board event and ironperson. James Curll who participated in the 2012 Talented Athlete Program will also be one to watch in the U13 events. James secured first in the U13 surf race and ironperson at the Branch Championships as well as a third in the board race.

The Central Coast is confident they will have a strong start in the competition with talented nippers Beau Jefferies and Jemma Smith. Beau from Avoca Beach SLSC is the leading U14 competitor on the Central Coast after taking out the local Ironperson Series. Beau was awarded the SLSCC Branch Junior Lifesaver of the Year and is hoping to spearhead his club towards their first State win in the overall pointscore.

Jemma Smith from Umina SLSC is the host club’s biggest chance and is excited to do her club proud on home soil. Jemma is undefeated in the board race event at all Central Coast carnivals this season and took out all three individual U14 events at the Central Coast Branch Championships.

Wanda SLSC will be looking to prove they are a force to be reckoned with, sending away their biggest team ever of 160 nippers. Following on from results at Kingscliff in 2012 and the Sydney Branch Championships last week, Wanda are hoping for some great results in the NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships. Ones to watch are pocket rocket Tilly Handforth in the U9 girl’s flags event, Henri Carerra and the U9 boys surf team and Tyler Nott in the U13 male board race.

Far North Coast competitors will be dominant this weekend with the likes of Hannah Sculley from Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC and Joshua Jones from Cudgen Headland. Joshua came away from the Stramit NSW Country Championships with five gold medals, dominating in every individual water event he contested.

From Yamba SLSC nipper competitors who also did extremely well at Country Champs, Gus Gilbert and Malik Elabassi, are ones to watch in the U8 wade events while Hayley Fischer will look to do well once again in the U9 beach events.

From the Hunter Lily Costello and Jessica McPeak competing for Catherine Hill Bay SLSC will be looking to leave their mark after making a solid impression at the Interbranch and Branch Championships. At the Branch Championships Lily dominated in the U14 water events winning the female board race and female ironperson while Jessica showed off her skills on the sand taking out the U14 beach sprint.

Swansea Belmont SLSC will also be feeling confident with their strong team of nippers. Among the youngest competitors this weekend are Jake and Mitch Morris who will compete for the first time at the State Championships. The boys took out first and second place in both the U8 wade and U8 beach sprint at the Branch Championships. Zach Morris also performed very strongly securing first in the U11 surf race, board race and ironperson.

Mid North Coast star athletes Ryan and Jessie Carroll will compete for Tacking Point SLSC and will be hoping to maintain their winning streaks in the water events. Both have performed strongly all season taking home a swag of medals from both the Stramit NSW Country Championships and the Mid North Coast Branch Championships.

Brock Scrivener will represent Wollongong City SLSC for the Illawarra in the U13 events. Brock dominated the sand at the 2012 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff and will be hoping to maintain his strong track record, after last year winning both the U12 beach sprint and beach flags.

After an impressive display at the 2013 Stramit NSW Country Championships, Maddy Gough, from the North Coast will wear the Sawtell cap as she aims to back up at State level. Maddy, originally a pool swimmer, convincingly won the U14 female surf race and secured third place in the U15 female surf race at South West Rocks in January.

2013 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships
Ocean Beach-Umina, Central Coast
1-3 March (Juniors) and 6-10 March (Masters/Opens)

For event timetable and program information check out the 2013 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Event Page.

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Tue 26 Feb 2013