Successful State Champs For Wamberal Juniors
The 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships will be remembered fondly by those involved with Wamberal SLSC after the Central Coast club enjoyed a stunningly successful campaign.
Wamberal finished the three day event in equal 15th position behind only Branch powerhouses Avoca Beach (6th) and Terrigal (14th) in the list of Central Coast clubs.
While there were plenty of highlights for the team, it was the U12s who had the most to celebrate after they picked up several medals throughout the championships.
Darcy Pearson claimed gold in the U12 Male Beach Flags on Day One of the competition while Rufus Hickey ensured the championships would finish on a high after winning the U12 Male Board Race.
In the U12 age team events, Wamberal picked up Silver in the Beach Sprint Relay; a phenomenal effort given that the gold medallists from Elouera had three of the finalists from the individual final among their ranks.
Oliver Clements, Finn Douch, and Elliot Foy teamed up to win Bronze in the U14 Male Board Relay Race finishing behind Manly and Avoca Beach to end their Nipper careers on a high, while Rufus Hickey and Hugh O’Malley teamed up in the U12 Male Board Rescue and also came home with a bronze medal to add to their trophy collections.
“We have been together as a team for 2 seasons and did well at Branch, but we’re very happy to win a medal at state level,” said Hugh O’Malley.
The pair has spent plenty of time together training increasing their workload in the lead up to State – efforts of which it can be said have certainly paid off.
“We work well as a team communicate about the waves, and have a good stroke rate we’re in sync out in the water,” said Rufus Hickey.
The two boys have a passion for surf life saving, and while they have enjoyed racing at their home branch over the last 4 years, they’re keen to experience an away trip to.
“I have been in SLS since U8s, I was originally at North Avoca but have been with Wamberal for 3 years,” O’Malley said.
“I joined surf life saving because my dad and sister did it so I wanted to get involved and as soon as I could and in the U6s I signed up. It’s such a great sport to do, I love being able to get in the water with my mates. I would say my favourite event is definitely the board,” said Hickey.
“My ambition is to go to Aussies win board there and eventually become an Ironman, and there’s a lot of people who’ve done it from the coast so you know it’s possible.”
The future is certainly looking bright for Wamberal who will be hoping that this talented group of youngsters will stick around for many seasons to come.
Photograph - Hugh O’Malley and Rufus Hickey from Wamberal SLSC are pictured at the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships at Ocean Beach – Umina
Fri 11 Mar 2016