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Surf Lifesavers from across the Mid North Coast took full advantage of being on home turf at last weekend’s Envirobank Country Surf Life Saving Championships returning from South West Rocks with a swag of medals and plenty of confidence heading into next month’s State Titles.

Port Macquarie (7th) and Tacking Point (10th) both finished inside the coveted top 10 on the overall pointscore with Wauchope-Bonny Hills ending up 11th overall on the back of a number of strong performances.

Other Mid North Coast clubs in action during the two-day championship included Hat Head (14th) South West Rocks and Kempsey-Crescent Head finishing on equal (24th).

There were a number of excellent performances from Port Macquarie SLSC led by triple gold medallist Paula Stone (30-39 Ironwoman, Single Ski, and Surf Race), Hugh Mackay who won gold in 50+ Board Rescue and Ironman, and Harry Askew who took out the U12 Board Race and Board Rescue events.

Harry wasn’t the only member of his family to taste success with older brother Finn who was competing for Tacking Point taking gold in the U17 Board Riding, Surf Race, Board Relay and Taplin Relay events while also picking up silver in the Board Rescue.

Other strong performances from Tacking Point included Raelene Meyers who won the Beach Sprint, Rescue Tube, and Surf Race in the 40-49 Age Group, and Tyse Thrower a double gold medallist thanks to his efforts in the U11 Board Race and Ironman.

Hugh Stewart from Wauchope Bonny Hills took out the U17 Single Ski and was a member of the gold winning Ski Relay team, while both the Male and Female U23 Surf Boat Crews also stood on top of the podium after a strong performance.

Mylina Clancy (Hat Head) took gold in the 30-39 Female Beach Flags and backed it up with a silver in the Sprint, while for hosts South West Rocks, Cleo Schubert won the U10 Beach Sprint and Surf Race, and Cooper Schubert won the U13 Board Riding event.

For Kempsey-Crescent Head it was all about the surf boats.

The Open Male and Open Female crews both finished with a silver medal as did the U19 Men and 180+ Years Male crew.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon said it was an excellent weekend of competition.

The 2018 Envirobank NSW Country Championships were held at South West Rocks from 3-4 February. Action will return in February 2019 when the event moves to Kingscliff on the state’s Far North Coast.

Top 10 Overall Standings

Cudgen Headland SLSS (1048 points)

Sawtell SLSC (619)

Byron Bay SLSC (494)

Warilla Barrack Point SLSC (349)           

Lennox Head - Alstonville SLSC (348)   

Mollymook SLSC (299)                          

Port Macquarie SLSC (263)                    

Yamba SLSC (209)                                  

Coffs Harbour SLSC (186)                      

Tacking Point SLSC (185)                       

Friday 9 February 2018