Sydney Lifesavers Dominate Age Champs

Ocean Beach – Umina has once again proved a happy hunting ground for the Manly juggernaut that claimed top honours at last weekend’s NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships, but plenty of other Sydney teams on both sides of the bridge had a lot to celebrate as well.

Seven teams from either the Sydney Northern Beaches or Sydney branch found themselves finishing inside the coveted top 10 in 2016 with Southern Sydney clubs Wanda and Elouera in particular enjoying a successful carnival to wrap up second and fourth position.

Manly Life Saving Club continued to enhance their reputation as a powerhouse club dominating the field to take out their seventh consecutive title.

Among a host of medal winning performances from the blue caps was Georgia Morgan (U10s) who showed great determination to win her third straight Beach Flag crown and Kimberley Doyle who took the U11 Swim Race and Ironwoman events.

The club’s older competitors didn’t disappoint either picking up plenty of medals including gold in the U13 and 14 Ironman (Tyler Krenkels and Zach Morris) and U13 Ironwoman (Piper Harrison) respectively.

Avalon Beach picked up a pair of silver medals on the beach with Macy Carrothers (U14 Female Beach Flags), and Thomas Kerr (U13 Beach Sprint) standing on the podium, while Collaroy took home the gold and silver medals in the Junior Rescue and Resuscitation and the March Past events.

Bronte’s Lili Finati finished with a pair of gold medals in the U12 Ironwoman and Board Rescue events, while Coogee SLSC enjoyed success in the U10 Female Beach Sprint Relay and through Eden Levit who won the U10 Female Beach Sprint.

Wanda enjoyed a highly successful carnival which concluded in the best possible fashion winning an incredible All Age Board Relay that brought everyone to their feet. Other athletes who had a memorable weekend included Fletcher Warn who won the U10 Swim, Matilda Handforth who claimed the U12 Beach Flag Event, and Henri Carrera who won gold in the U12 Male Swim.

South Maroubra SLSC had a good event on the beach with Tom Farr Jones (U10) defending his beach flag title and Malikye Kessie scorching to victory in the U11 Beach Sprint final.

Elouera’s successful carnival can be attributed to their success in the team events as well as strong performances from Bella Summers (U9 Female Swim 1st), and the U12 Male Beach Sprint Final where four starters made the final, and Lachlan Crossle and James Stortenbeker finished with the silver and bronze medals respectively.

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.

Tue 8 Mar 2016