Wild Weather Clouds Opening Day of State Championships

Wild, wet and windy conditions soaked more than 3500 youngsters aged under 9 to under 14 on day one of the New South Wales Surf Lifesaving Age Championships supported by ClubsNSW.

While water competitors were faced with decent conditions to start the day, the wind, rain and surf eventually deteriorated creating incontestable conditions and forcing organisers to halt all competition by 1:30pm.

Ashore it was a long way from a summer’s day. Onshore SSE breezes and relentless showers sent families huddling under dripping club tents, umbrellas and surf club balconies – anywhere there was a dry spot.

Volunteers, race officials and spectators were soaked through to the bone but kept starting and finishing events, scoring and cheering on shivering blue-lipped athletes.

For the second year, age championship competitors have endured challenging conditions. Last year organisers lost a full day from the program and some events were moved to Avoca Beach when Mother Nature unleashed her fury on the Central Coast.

Despite the early finish a number of finals were contested including multiple beach flags events as well as the Surfing which was held at Avoca.

Samuel Conrick (Redhead SLSC) and Alysse Cooper (Queenscliff SLSC) walked away as NSW Champions in the Under 14s Male and Female Board Riding events.

Maddy Wallace (Collaroy) put on a very brave performance in the Under 11s Beach Flags overcoming an injury in the final four to end up with her first ever NSW gold medal.

Brock Scrivener won his favourite event, the under 14 boys beach flags. The win was his sixth from seven attempts and his first gold for new club Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC. He’s been training with super beach coach Daniel Robberds for the past four years.

Jazmine Yew from Thirroul SLSC is another of the super coach’s new underlings. Since under 8s she’s placed second and third in the beach flags and today she finally she cracked the big one in the under 14 girls.

Young Jazmine was struggling with the cold today, her coach inspiring her with this gem, “I told her there’s nothing warmer than gold”.

Local club Terrigal, had a successful first day with gold medals going to Kai Ivens in the U10 Male Beach Flags and Emelyn Wheeler in the U9 Female Flags, a silver to Ava Latu in the U13 Female Flags and a bronze to Aymn Hamilton in the U9 Male Flags.

Timetable information is on the Age Championships event page.

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Fri 28 Feb 2014