Umina Mates End Age Champs On A High

One group of Umina Nippers couldn’t have written a better script for ending their Nippers career finishing with a gold medal on their hometown beach.

The U14 Swim Team consisting of Lachlan Braddish, Kai Darwin, Lachlan McLeod and Charlie Polson have been together since the U9s and have remained close friends throughout their time in Nippers.

After winning a bronze medal in the U10 Swim Team Event at Kingscliff they have spent the last 4 years trying to replicate that success.

They’ve gone close a couple of times finishing an agonizing fourth and fifth in recent seasons, but in 2016 it all came together and now they have a state gold medal to add to their collection.

The foursome did enough to hold off a fast finishing Manly and North Cronulla in what was a highly competitive final.

“It’s been really good being able to compete at home over the last couple of years, we’ve really enjoyed it as we’re familiar with the conditions and been able to stay at home,” said Lachlan McLeod.

“I’m so happy that we were finally able to get that gold medal. We knew we got a medal when we looked across the line and saw there were only 3 of us, but we weren’t sure of the colour. It’s great way to finish,” added Kai Darwin.

“We’ve been together since we were 9 and have become good friends so it’s good to win together,” said Charlie Polson.

“I think what we can be really happy about is doing it as a team. We’ve stuck together and it’s a great achievement,” said Lachlan Braddish.

The Umina boys will get their first taste of competing on a bigger stage when they take to the water during the Open Championships, but for now they can savour their gold medal.

Fri 11 Mar 2016