After a full four-days of racing in the 2021 NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships, proudly supported by Your local club, Sydney’s North Curl Curl SLSC retained the title in a decisive show of strength across all age divisions.
On day three of the junior event, North Curl Curl’s older water competitors staked their claim early, pushing through the pack to take the lead from Cooks Hill and Wanda.
The Nortth Curly powerhouse duo of Olivia Clues and Dominique Melbourn took first and second in the U14 Ironwoman in the choppy conditions in textbook fashion, while Melbourn backed up to win the Surf Race soon after. On Sunday they added the Board Rescue title to the list and joining forces with Ruby Lovell and Brooke Derz delivered them the Surf Teams event as well.
The U13 boys won the Male Surf Teams and Sam Chaffer, Sam Davis and Luke Higgs also took out the Board Relay.
The U13 Surf Race went to Zara Kasprowicz along with the Surf Teams race with Amelie Chan, Jaya Lilienthal and Pipi Te Pania and the Board Relay.
The final teams event of the carnival, the U14 Mixed Cameron Relay, also fell to the club, with Samuel Higgs, Zachary Wasley and Olivia Clues always the ones to beat.
North Curl Curl Head Coach Michael Clues said the win wasn’t about any competitors in particular but was an outstanding display of the whole team working together. He thanked all the other coaches and trainers for their commitment to the kids.
“Our whole club culture is about the kids enjoying themselves. If they enjoy it, they’ll stay in the club and that makes our whole community much better. Medals are just a bonus.
“A highlight for me was seeing one of our young kids get a third. She turns up every single session and has never had an individual medal. To see that smile and see her parents in tears, that’s everything to me,” said an emotional Clues.
Second-placed club Cooks Hill SLSC from the local Hunter Branch fought all the way to the end with the kids giving it everything they had in race after race.
Alex Walker claimed the U14 Surf Race and was second in both the Iron and the Board races.
Liam Sidwell won the U13 Ironman in spectacular fashion from Newport’s Noah Maggs and Luke Higgs from Nth Curly while Albert Forbes won the U13 Board Race. Forbes and Sidwell then teamed up to win the Board Rescue.
In the girls events, the U14 girls won the Board Relay. The U13 Female Board Rescue was won by Bronte Bowker and Daisy Breasley and the U12 winners were Lily Egan and Alexis Sutherland. Daisy and Lily both won the Board Race in their respective age divisions.
Alexis Sutherland individually claimed both the U12 Surf Race and the Ironwoman. To round it out, the club won both the U13 and U12 Mixed Cameron Relays.
Third-placed Wanda led the point score early on in the competition and the weekend’s solid performances in the older divisions were enough to deliver them a podium finish.
Keira Vincent was a standout on the beach track, winning both the U14 Female Beach Flags and Beach Sprint. Sienna Alderson won the U14 2km Beach Run. In the water, the U12 Female Surf Team were focussed on a win.
Finishing in fifth place, Swansea Belmont competitors were everywhere.
Kaitlin Rees enjoyed an early win in the U13 Ironwoman against the formidable Pipi Te Pania and Zara Kasprowicz from North Curl Curl.
It was one and two across the line in the U13 1km Beach Run for Emerson Leadbeatter and Phoebe Doran. Swansea teams were strong in the water and on the sand with wins in the U13 Mixed Beach Relay, U12 Male Surf Team and U12 Board Relay.
The Under 14 Male Board Rescue title was retained by the dynamic duo of Xavier Coates and Sam Murphy.
Coogee SLSC was especially strong on the sand, ending in fourth position with wins in both the U14 and U13 Female Beach Relays and the U12 Mixed Beach Relay.
Finishing inside the top 10, North Cronulla took out one of the more traditional lifesaving events, the Rescue and Resuscitation. Finishing with a gold in this quintessential surf life saving event, the result was well deserved by the North Cronulla 5-person team of Layla King, Kirra Hodge, Milly and Kate Newton and Lily Thearle.
North Cronulla siblings Kobe and Ella Sorensen also won the U14 Male and U13 Female Beach Flags.
Solid Central Coast results were Will Tebb from Avoca winning the U12 Board Race, complementing sister Talia’s gold in the U10 Board Race on Thursday. Hayden McGregor from Terrigal won the U12 Surf Race and the Ironman. Umina’s Anwar El-Kurdi won the U13 Male Beach Sprint and Beach Flags double.
Further south in the Illawarra, North Wollongong’s U13 Beach Sprinter Grace Costabile won gold and Isabella Evans from Wollongong City was first in the U12 1Km Beach Run.
Miller Siasat backed up sister Ginger’s Beach Flag gold in the U10 with a win in the U12s for their new club Gerringong.
The Warilla Barrack Point boys won the U14 Surf Teams.
The 2021 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, proudly supported by Your local club, continues for the next three weekends at Swansea Belmont and Redhead SLSCs with the Open competitors battling it out from 5-7 March.
Top 10 – Overall Pointscore
- North Curl Curl SLSC, 268
- Cooks Hill SLSC, 209
- Wanda SLSC, 195
- Coogee SLSC, 173
- Swansea Belmont SLSC, 132
- South Maroubra SLSC, 130
- North Bondi SLSC, 129
- Manly LSC, 97
- North Cronulla SLSC, 92
- Newport SLSC, 82
Sunday 28 February 2021