NSW Clubbies Out For Aussie Glory
The theme might be back to the 80s, but a huge contingent of the state’s best lifesavers are out to show the rest of Australia that their 2016 form is pretty good as well when they travel to the Sunshine Coast for this year’s Aussies.
Over 2000 competitors aged from 14 through to Masters level will be contesting beach, water, lifesaving, and surf boat events over 9 thrilling days of competition with many of the NSW competitors coming off a highly successful summer.
The Youth Championships get underway from this Saturday and is only open to U14 and U15 competitors. They will be represented by 350 athletes from 47 NSW clubs.
Some athletes to keep an eye on include Umina’s Lachlan Braddish who claimed gold in the U14 Surf Race at the NSW Championships and Manly’s Emily Doyle who enjoyed success throughout the season.
The Masters Events will be well contested by NSW competitors with 867 entrants from 89 clubs signing on to do battle. If the NSW Championships are any guide, and most athletes feel that it is, the standard of competition should be exciting to watch.
Newly crowned State Champions Bondi Surf Bathers LSC won’t field the largest team; North Bondi (37) and Queenscliff (60) have brought more competitors but the 28 who are attending will be brimming with confidence after their first ever win.
Newport enjoyed enormous success in the Opens at last year’s Aussies and the powerhouse Sydney club will be out to repeat the feat this time round.
The 128-strong team contains a plethora of state medallists, NSW representatives, and athletes who have tasted success on the international stage including Georgia Miller who won the female athlete of the Australian Titles last season.
Another athlete who will be out for a good performance in the Opens is Avoca’s Lachlan Tame who will be full of confidence after being selected in The Australian Olympic Kayak Team for Rio alongside club mate Riley Fitzsimmons.
NSW Surf Sport Coordinator Luke Stigter is confident that the NSW contingent will give a good account of themselves when competition gets underway.
“NSW competitors have traditionally performed very well when they travel to the Aussies, and if the results of our State Championships are anything to go by I’m sure we will again have a very successful event.
“This is the time when all the training and hard work throughout the year pays off, and I would like to wish all our competitors the very best of luck,” Mr Stigter concluded.
Information about the 2016 Aussies can be found Here
Photograph - Action from the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships
Fri 15 Apr 2016