Warilla Sisters Keep It In The Family

One likes the swim, while the other prefers the board; either way identical twins Georgia and Claire Ridding from Warilla Barrack Point SLSC enjoyed a busy, but successful Country Championship.

Claire came 3rd in the U9 board, 2nd swim, 1st mixed board relay, and 1st in the mixed surf event, while sister Georgia won the U9 swim and was part of the mixed surf winning team.

Elder sister Charlotte also had a successful carnival where she claimed individual bronze medal in the U12 swim, and was a member of the gold medal winning mixed surf team.

Living on the South Coast, the beach plays an integral role in family life and the twin’s parents are both heavily involved in the surf life saving movement.

“We’ve been involved in the club for five years when our eldest joined nippers, and both my husband and myself do patrols,” proud mum Sheree Ridding said.

“Surf education is so important it being members of the club promotes a healthy lifestyle, which we feel are very important lessons for our children.”

The opportunity to learn skills that could potentially be used to help people is something that very much appeals to elder sister Charlotte Ridding.

“I really enjoy being involved in Surf Life Saving as it is great training for when we get older and can be the ones who can help save people,” she said.

The young twins had a very busy carnival, and one of the many highlights for the family was the pair going 1/2 in the U9 swim.

“It was really fun, although the waves were very big. I liked getting to race against my sister,” said Georgia.

“I really like doing nippers because you get to do a lot of different things like swimming and flags, and you get to meet lots of new people.

“I really like swimming.”

Claire’s determination was on show in the heats of her favoured board event when she had to fight to make the final after losing her board when she was struck by a wave.

“It was fun although I was a bit worried in my heat that I wouldn’t be able to get back in front but luckily I did.”

She went on to finish third behind her sister and claimed bronze in the final.

Undaunted she said she loved every minute of her experience at the Country Championships

“I really liked coming here for the Country Championships as I got to make some friends from other clubs.”

The twins weren’t planning on travelling to the State Championships, but their success has planted a seed and they will now return to training with the aim of competing at their first State Championship.

For full results of the 2015 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships check out our Event Page.

Tue 20 Jan 2015