Young Lifesavers Gunning For State Glory

Some of the best young lifesavers from across the Mid North Coast are eagerly awaiting their chance to take on the best the state has to offer at the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships that get underway at Ocean Beach – Umina on the Central Coast later this week.

From Friday, almost 3000 competitors aged between 9 and 14 from all around NSW will hit the waves as they battle it out in events including Beach Sprint, Swimming, Ski Paddling, Board Racing and Ironman.

It promises to be a barnstorming three days of competition as the best young lifesavers vie for medals and the chance to write their names into the history of the largest surf carnival of its type in Australia.

Port Macquarie SLSC, South West Rocks, Wauchope – Bonny Hills, and Tacking Point will all be sending competitors to the event.

The four clubs will be quietly confident that their athletes will have a successful carnival after a confidence boosting performance at last month’s Country Championships hosted by South West Rocks.

They are aware however that the State Champs are on a whole new level, but as the saying goes when you are dealing with the waves – anything can and does happen.

Jaiden Rossiter will be out to defend the gold medal he won in the U11 Beach Flags last season, while Finn, Liam, and Harry Askew, and Tayla Maybon will be among those flying the flag for South West Rocks.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon expects that the 2016 State Champs will be a memorable experience for all the athletes, officials, volunteers, and spectators who make the trip.

“The State Championships are always eagerly anticipated by our young members who will be looking forward to testing themselves against the best competitors from around the state in a diverse range of events,” Mr Pidgeon said.

“They will also get to experience firsthand the comradery that lifesaving is famous for, and this will hopefully encourage them to stay involved in lifesaving. Many of our long-serving members still look back fondly at their time competing at the State Champs and other surf carnivals, and all of the current competitors will be looking to add to this rich history.

The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving State Age Championships, proudly supported by ClubsNSW takes place over three exciting days at Ocean Beach – Umina from this Friday 4 March

Photograph - Jaiden Rossiter will be out to defend the medal he won in 2015. Credit Stephen Chu

Mon 29 Feb 2016