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NSW Surf Life Saving clubs continued their outstanding records in the pool at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships on the weekend.

The national event was held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre with 17 NSW clubs travelling to the Sunshine State to compete.

From as far south as Broulee Surfers SLSC to our most northern club, Cudgen Headland SLSC, some of the state’s best athletes from the beach showed their elite skills in the pool, which resulted in over 100 medals and 17 new Australian records broken.

Terrigal SLSC took out second place in the Masters overall point score and an impressive fourth behind top Queensland clubs in the Open division. The Central Coast club took a total of 59 medals on the weekend including 30 gold.

Paul Lemmon is an assistant coach and all-round veteran athlete with Terrigal SLSC. Paul broke two Australian records on the weekend, clearly demonstrating why he has won SLSNSW Masters Athlete of the Year for a record 10 times since 1999. He is up for the award again at the 2019 Awards of Excellence on 31 August.

Paul said it was an amazing effort by the Terrigal team who continue to impress under experienced coaches and dedicated athletes, from kids through to masters.

“The conditions were challenging being in an outdoor pool with strong winds,” said Paul. “Full credit to everyone who broke records and dealt with those conditions.

“Our team had a fantastic result. We don’t have the funding that the Queensland clubs get to train and travel so we’re really happy that we can put them under the pump and we had a strong team of 50 athletes.

“We all love Pool Rescue. It keeps the club together throughout the off-season and keeps our rescue skills and fitness up. Heading up as a big team for the Australian Championships wasn’t about winning for us, it was about having a fun trip with our club-mates.”

Dom Melbourn from North Curl Curl SLSC won the first gold medal for NSW and broke the first Australian record in the Under 12 years 100 metre obstacle race in a time of just 1:07.43.

At just 12 years-old Dom is in her last year of Nippers but loves that she can compete throughout the year in Surf Life Saving events.

“It feels great to win this title, such a great feeling being here and then winning a gold medal,” said Dom. “It was a real surprise to break the record as well. I love all the events and try to compete across as many as I can.”

The Interstate event was run concurrently with a strong field of athletes from across the state. Individual competitors represented their states and accumulated points for their performance were tallied to make up the Interstate Championship point score.

Queensland snuck ahead of NSW to take out the 2019 Interstate Pool Rescue Championship with a total of 536 points. NSW came in second with 489 points and Western Australia finished a close third on 462 points.

SLSNSW congratulates all clubs and athletes who attended the Australian Pool Rescue Championships.


Terrigal: Alex Walker, Lisa Critoph, Diane Diebert, Peter Obern, Paul Lemmon, Robert Edwards, Linda Redfern, Joel Piper, Paul Broadbent, Richard Green, Lionel Fargher, Charlie Walker, Tom Rodham, Ryan Green, Kye Green, Jack Baker, Kyle Graham, Nicholas Green, Ella Lawsen, Emma Broadbent, Glenn Bowles, Tiffany Molloy, Zara Good, Charlie McDonald, Eliana Bootes, Charlotte Grassi

Newport: Mitchell Morris, Jake Morris, Emily Doyle, Kimberley Doyle, Katelynn Doyle, Anthony Doyle, Levi Smith, Conner Maggs, Josh Kerr, Bailey Clues, Brandon Bartlem, Analise Kibble, Jodie Louw

Umina Beach: Davara Marshall, Christine Bishop, Shelley Smith, Skye Marshall, Jennifer Rodham, Kaylah Holmes, Blake Hessel

North Curl Curl: Dom Melbourn, Ella Warner, Sophie Howison, Olivia Clues

Bulli: Brayden Woodford, Chelsea Jones, Holly Holmesby, Zara Sharman

Warilla-Barrack Point: Layke Shipley, Jackson Walsh, Craig Burke, Kirra Dale, Logan Doubell, Kynan Burke

Shelly Beach: Daniel Kingsley, James Koch, Ethan Garland, Tom Simpson

Cudgen Headland: Lily O’Sullivan, Brendan Piccini, Joseph Warne

MacMasters Beach: Trent Martin, Ben Sapsford, Hamish Taylor

Bondi: Rick Van Kampen

Broulee Surfers: Todd Hayward

Caves Beach: Jason Gay

Cronulla: Maree Emery

Redhead: Bailey Proud

Wanda: Henri Carrera

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  • Dominique Melbourn North Curl Curl SLSC Female 12 yrs 100m Obstacle – 1:07.43

  • Mitchell Morris Newport SLSC 13 yrs 200 Metre Obstacle Relay – 2:07.97

  • Paul Lemmon Terrigal SLSC Men’s 50-54 100 Metre Manikin Tow w/ Fins – 1:04.10

  • Lisa Critoph Terrigal SLSC Women’s 60-64 100 Metre Manikin Tow w/ Fins – 1:23.52

  • Alex Walker Terrigal SLSC Men’s 11 25 Metre Brick Carry – 34.31

  • Charlie Walker Terrigal SLSC Men’s 13 35 Metre Manikin Carry – 32.79

  • Lisa Critoph Terrigal SLSC Women’s 60-64 50 Metre Manikin Carry – 55.31

  • Rick Van Kempen Bondi SBLSC Men’s 50-54 50 Metre Manikin Carry – 37.39

  • Daniel Kinglsey Shelly Beach SLSC Men’s 40-44 50 Metre Manikin Carry – 35.23

  • Lisa Critoph Terrigal SLSC Women’s 60-64 100 Metre Manikin Carry w/ Fins – 1:32.11

  • Paul Lemmon Terrigal SLSC Men’s 50-54 100 Metre Manikin Carry w/ Fins – 59.16

  • Tom Rodham Terrigal SLSC Men’s 14 100 Metre Manikin Carry w/ Fins – 53.01

  • James Koch Shelly Beach SLSC Men’s Open 50 Metre Swim w/ Fins – 16.84

  • Terrigal SLSC Men’s 30-99 4x50 Metre Obstacle Relay – 2:06.04

  • Terrigal SLSC Men’s Masters 200+ 4x25 Metre Manikin Relay – 1:38.68

  • Terrigal SLSC Men's 13-14 4x50 Metre Obstacle 1:51:25

  • Terrigal SLSC Men’s 13-14 4x25 Metre Manikin Relay – 1:20.85

  • Terrigal SLSC Men’s 13-14 4x50 Metre Medley Relay – 1:41.39


Tuesday 13 August 2019

Paul Lemmon
Paul Lemmon (Terrigal), Photo by Harvpix

Joel Piper
Joel Piper (Terrigal), Photo by Harvpix