Sydney Juniors Go Hard at State

The NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships supported by ClubsNSW and staged at Umina and Ocean beaches on the Central Coast over the weekend produced another batch of team and individual state under 9 to under 14 champions for Sydney clubs.

Autumn came early to the nipper’s carnival that drew 3,500 competitors from 90 clubs along the eastern seaboard from as far north as the NSW/QLD border to Pambula in the south.

Showers over the three-day competition made conditions hard-going for athletes and families and cut the day one program short. By Sunday’s finals the best was offered after the traditional morning March Past; pleasant, dry conditions coupled with a light onshore breeze.

Heats interspersed with gold medal flag finals ran through to Saturday afternoon when the relay and individual sprint finals drew a large crowd to Ocean Beach’s sand track. On Sunday attention turned to the water for the surf and board events and the carnival highpoint, the Under 14 Ironman and Woman.

North Cronulla’s Leo Nosatti took out the coveted title in comfortable style, his third gold for the meet. “I went hard, the competition is really good up here,” said the defending champion who is coached by Gavin Stewart and has his sights set on the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Series.

“Thanks to all the officials for a great carnival,” he added.

Under 9 nipper Malikye Kessie from South Maroubra SLSC made a big impression at the carnival, winning his first gold state medal in the beach flags.

“Last year I got hurt in my race so it feels even better than usual,” said the young gold medallist. “The crowd was really loud and the atmosphere makes you run the fastest you can possibly go!”

Elouera’s Will Nolan who finished second was the definition of a good sport. “This is my best ever result at State and I’m good friends with Malikye. We always race against each other so it’s not bad losing against him.”

Grace Elliott from Elouera SLSC starred in the Under 9 girls swim at her second state title. She started nippers as an Under 6 and this past summer has dominated board and swim events.

Three training sessions a week plus cross country running training has powered up the tiny athlete.

A gold medal is a worthy accolade from the weekend but for Elliott the best part about competing at a nippers State title is “having fun with my friends”, says the grade 4 St Declan’s Penshurst student.

She thanked her Board coaches Josh Muscat and Josh Brice and swim coach Craig Stevens for the work they have done with her over the past season.

Sydney branch had six clubs in the top ten overall pointscore for the carnival, with Wanda and Elouera in third and fourth spots and Bronte, Nth Cronulla, Sth Maroubra and Coogee in sixth to ninth positions.

ClubsNSW has come on board to support the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships as part of a three-year partnership.

Umina and Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs will host the third of four consecutive championship weekends, the ClubsNSW Open State title, March 7-9, 2014.

Top 10 Overall Point Score:

1.) Manly LSC - 291
2.) Avoca Beach SLSC - 248
3.) Wanda SLSC Inc - 162
4.) Elouera SLSC - 152.5
5.) Swansea Belmont SLSC - 143
6.) Bronte SLSC - 135
7.) North Cronulla SLSC - 120
8.) South Maroubra SLSC - 101.5
9.) Coogee SLSC - 84.5
10.) Terrigal SLSC - 83

For full results please visit the 2014 Age Championships event page and for photos please visit our Flickr or follow us on Facebook.

Tue 4 Mar 2014