Fresh from successfully defending its Country Championship title last month, competitors from Cudgen Headland SLSC flew the flag for Northern NSW at the 2018 NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships at Blacksmiths Beach, Lake Macquarie last weekend.
The competitors from Kingscliff beach finished 14th overall and left Swansea Belmont with 9 medals in their possession.
Rising star Lily O’Sullivan capped off her Nippers career with a sensational performance that netted her individual gold medals in the U14 Board Race, Ironwoman, and Surf Race events before adding further wins in the Board Relay and Board Rescue events alongside teammate Olissa Onley.
Onley added two silvers to her haul when she finished second in the U14 Board Race and 2km Beach Run. The young sprinter completed the club’s medal haul claiming two bronze medals in the U14 Beach Flag and Sprint events.
Athletes from Lennox Head also had a successful weekend finishing with four medals in what the club is hailing as one of their best ever performances.
Niamh Sharpe is again a state champion after winning the U11 Female Board Race defending the title she claimed last season, while Percy Walker is also a gold medallist in his first ever attempt after taking out the U9 Male Beach Flags.
Rounding off the medals for the Far North Coast club was Maalik Moston who took silver in the U12 Board Race, and Bronze in the Ironman.
“We’ve actually excelled at this carnival I would say this has been our best ever State Titles, we've had numerous medals in the water and beach, both individual and teams so we've smashed it,” said Lennox Head-Alstonville SLSC Junior Activities Coordinator Sam Miller.
“We’re only a small team of 19 competitors but everyone was so excited to be here,” he said.
Alexis Barnett (Salt SLSC) had a weekend to remember after claiming silver in the U12 Surf Race and was a finalist in the Ironwoman finishing just outside the medals, while Yamba’s Kalani Ives was the only other Far North coast medallist when she took gold in the U13 Board Race.
Sawtell SLSC was the best performing North Coast Branch finishing the competition in 18th spot and returning with six medals.
Cloe Nolan was the club’s sole gold medallist after taking out the U14 Beach Run and also bronze in the Board Race. Patrick Carey and David Howard teamed up to win silver in the U12 Board Rescue, the U14 Male Board Relay team were also silver medallists.
Hayley Fischer won bronze in the U14 Beach Sprint, while the U14 Female Board Relay team also took home a bronze medal for their efforts.
NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon said that it was a highly successful competition for the young athletes.
“I would like to congratulate everyone for what was an extremely successful State Age Championships.
“Some of our older Nipper competitors will now go on to get their first taste of national level racing at next month’s Australian Championships while our younger ones can look forward to an exciting finish with their club season,” Mr Pidgeon said.
2018 Age Championship Club Point Score
- Elouera SLSC - 179
- Newport SLSC - 174
- Cooks Hill SLSC - 172
- Cronulla SLSC- 165
- Manly LSC - 165
- Wanda SLSC - 160
- North Curl Curl SLSC -159
- Coogee SLSC - 149
- North Bondi SLSC - 140
- Swansea Belmont SLSC - 132
Wednesday 7 March 2018