Sydney Rivalry Heats Up As State Champs Countdown Continues

Points will be at a premium, and club bragging rights will be on the line when young lifesavers from the Sydney and Sydney Northern Beaches Branches go head to head at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships which get underway at Ocean Beach - Umina on the state’s Central Coast later this week.

It promises to be a barnstorming three days of competition as the best young lifesavers vie for medals and the chance to write their names into the history of the largest surf carnival of its type in Australia.

Together the two branches make up half of all competitors with the Sydney clubs bringing over 1000 entries, and Sydney Northern Beaches around 700.

Sydney have 6 clubs with over 100 competitors each including Wanda which will field a 161-strong team, the largest in the competition.

Current bragging rights rest with Manly SLSC (Sydney Northern Beaches) who claimed the overall club age championship last season ahead of Wanda and Avoca Beach. Bronte and South Maroubra also finished in the top 5.

Both branches took home a high number of medals last year – and many of those athletes are backing up hoping for more glory this time round.

South Maroubra’s Tom Farr Jones won the Flag/Sprint double in the U9s last season and will be out to repeat his efforts.

Manly’s Tyler Krenkels, Bronte’s Tiger Walker, and Wanda’s Riley Dixon engaged in a titanic battle in the U12 water events last season with the trio all earning medals. Their return match-up has the potential to be one of the highlights of this year’s championships.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon expects that the 2016 State Champs will be a memorable experience for all the athletes, officials, volunteers, and spectators who make the trip.

“The State Championships are always eagerly anticipated by our young members who will be looking forward to testing themselves against the best competitors from around the state in a diverse range of events,” Mr Pidgeon said.

“They will also get to experience firsthand the comradery that lifesaving is famous for, and this will hopefully encourage them to stay involved in lifesaving. Many of our long-serving members still look back fondly at their time competing at the State Champs and other surf carnivals, and they will all be adding to this history.”

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving State Age Championships, proudly supported by ClubsNSW takes place over three exciting days at Ocean Beach – Umina from this Friday 4 March

Photograph - Tom Farr Jones diving for gold in 2015. Credit Stephen Chu.

Tyler Krenkels was part of the Manly team that claimed top spot on the point score in 2015. Credit Stephen Chu

Mon 29 Feb 2016