Terrigal Dominates NSW Pool Rescue Championships

Terrigal SLSC has once again dominated the NSW Pool Rescue Championships over the weekend at Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy.

More than 350 competitors from 23 clubs battled it out in the pool competing in events such as obstacle swims, manikin carries, line throws and medley relays.

In a big weekend for Central Coast clubs, Terrigal won an impressive 43 gold medals while the second placed Umina SLSC won 19.

Cronulla finished third overall with a total of 24 medals including 8 gold while Bulli finished fourth and North Cronulla was fifth.

While Terrigal had a lot of talent across the board some of the senior athletes to really impress were Paul Lemmon, Jack Waddell, Rachelle King and Tim Schofield.

Terrigal’s Director of Surf Sports, Clayton Schofield, praised the team’s performance and highlighted the importance of the senior athletes’ roles as mentors for the juniors.

“I couldn’t be happier with the team’s results over the weekend. I think what’s most promising is the fact we had a very strong junior (12s-15s) component during the Championships.

“These kids are the club’s future and there has been a heavy focus on developing our younger athletes and ensuring that they are having a lot of fun along the way. Some of our senior athletes such as Rachelle (King) and Jack (Waddell) are fantastic mentors for the juniors and are helping guide them through their early years of competing.

“Our juniors are really engaging with the fact that pool rescue competition translates to real life skills on the beach and that’s why I think they prefer Pool Rescue to straight pool swimming,” said Mr Schofield.

A number of athletes recently selected in the Surf Life Saving NSW Development Squad to tour New Zealand for that country’s Pool Championships next month had the perfect hit out leading into the tour.

Daniel Cole (Cronulla), Indigo Verhoeven (Umina), Daniel St George (Bulli) and Abigail Pugh (North Cronulla) were some of the medal winners from the Development Team and will be heading over to New Zealand full of confidence.

Surf Life Saving NSW Sports Manager, Shane Knight, says that the level of performance in pool rescue competition continues to grow.

“The Pool Rescue Championships is a unique event that showcases our lifesavers’ all-round abilities. Clubs and Branch are now getting right behind the discipline as it continues to grow with many NSW athletes now pushing for State and Australian Team selection.

“It was great to see the varying levels of ability at our Championships working together and sharing ideas and skills. We had athletes from the Australian Rescue 2014 Squad honing their technique for the upcoming World Championships and many of the senior athletes were more than happy to share their knowledge with other competitors – from Opens all the way down to the U12 athletes competing in their first pool rescue competition,” said Mr Knight.

For a full breakdown of the results please visit here.

Top Ten Overall Point Score:

1.) Terrigal Surf Life Saving - 478. 50
2.) Umina Slsc Umina Slsc - 208
3.) Cronulla Slsc Inc - 154. 50
4.) Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club - 131
5.) North Cronulla SLSC - 127
6.) Byron Bay Slsc Byron Bay Slsc - 121
7.) Elouera Surf Life Saving Club - 116
8.) Queenscliff Slsc - 100. 50
9.) Shelly Beach Surf Club - 91
10.) Warilla Barrack Point Slsc - 68

Mon 28 Jul 2014