Warilla-Barrack Point Leads The Way For South Coast

A number of strong performances by Warilla-Barrack Point athletes were enough for them to be judged the most successful country club at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships held at Ocean Beach-Umina on the state’s Central Coast.

The South Coast giants finished a creditable eleventh in the overall club point-score, a mere five points behind Redhead.

The pride and passion of Warilla-Barrack Point was in full cry in team events with a number of them getting among the medals.

Leading the way was the Open Female Surf Team who won gold as did the U15 Male Cameron Relay crew.

There was more joy for the club in the U17 Female Team events with the Taplin Relay team bagging silver, and the Single Ski Relay Team earning bronze. The U19 Female Single Ski Relay Team also ended the championships with a bronze medal.

Emerging talent Matthew Sperring couldn’t believe his luck when he eyed off the conditions on the final day of the championships.

“I absolutely loved the conditions as they were very similar to what I train in back at home. The wind and choppiness were very fun to swim in”, he enthused after Sunday’s U15 Ironman Final.

“To get this title means a lot to me as I know how hard I have worked for it,” added the youngster who also took out gold in the U15 Surf race.

Emma Rosskelly (U15) enjoyed individual success winning gold in the Rescue Tube Rescue Event, while Maddison Prior won an individual bronze in the Open Ironwoman before teaming up with Scott Smith to claim silver in the Open Mixed Double Ski.

Ben Carberry made the final of both the Open Ironman and Single Ski but was unable to get among the medals finishing fifth in a hotly contested Ironman Final, and fourth in the Ski.

Fellow South Coast club Mollymook didn’t finish among the medals, but there were a number of strong performances from their athletes on the beach. Steine Lofts finished fourth in the Open Beach Flags, while Taryn Love was a finalist in the U19 Beach Sprint and Flag events.

“Congratulations to the winning Newport club,” said NSW Surf Life Saving sports manager Shane Knight following the championships.

“We’ve had a great three days of competition here at Ocean Beach-Umina, again a wonderful host.

“The standard of competition has been extremely high and it was a fitting celebration to honour the centenary of the founding of surf sports.”

Final Point-Score:

Newport SLSC 419
Manly LSC 340
Wanda SLSC 172
North Cronulla SLSC 169
Avoca Beach SLSC 150
Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC 147
Elouera SLSC 132
Collaroy SLSC 120
Umina SLSC 115
Redhead SLSC 105

Photograph: Matthew Sperring earned two individual golds at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.

Credit: Stephen Chu

Fri 20 Mar 2015