All systems go for state champs

WHILE the heat has started to abate around our region, the training is still hot, hot, hot for those involved in competitive surf life saving.

The NSW State Age Titles will be held on Blacksmith Beach Swansea next weekend and the Open State Titles the following weekend.

In preparation for the titles, the Newcastle Permanent Building Society North Coast Surf Championships will be held at Nambucca Heads this weekend kicking off with the senior and master competitors on Saturday afternoon and the juniors will take over the waves and sand on Sunday.

Following a very successful NSW Country Championships, which saw Coffs Harbour Junior Surf Life Saving Club with an outstanding third place, the club will be sending their largest contingent for some years to Swansea.

The large team of 17 who were responsible for 10 gold, two silver and eight bronze medals between them have had a solid preparation and coupled with their successful performances at carnivals so far this season, hopes are high that impressive results will be recorded, with all members targeting finals appearances.

With such a large team travelling to Newcastle it has given the club selectors the opportunity to nominate in a much larger number of team events than in previous years, further maximising the opportunities for success.

The Coffs junior team is made up of Tyler Partland, Kyle Beavis, Patt Harrington, Sarah Lumley, Damien Attwood (Under 14s); Josie Bailey, Jess Carah, Carla Westwood (Under 13s); Zoe Burgess (Under 12s); Maddy Carah, Mac Smyth, Ryan Beckett, Sean O'Reilly, Kurt Nicol (Under 11s); Ollie Smyth, Sean O'Reilly and Dave Nicol (Under 9s).

On the senior side of things, Sawtell SLSC is also looking to continue their medalling ways with many opportunities in the water for the Under-15, -17 and -19 males and females.

With board rescues being a somewhat speciality event for Sawtell, based on previous NSW Titles, the combination of Kayla Russell and Kyla Brogmus in the Open Female and Sarah Tisdell and Marlee Green in the Under 19s will be exciting teams to watch especially noting both Marlee and Kyla are swimming up at least one age division.

Under-15 members Martin Tisdell, Scott James, Chandla Stack, Leila Walker, Tiara Hill, Klaryse Dam, Lizzie and Alex McCullagh will be joining forces in many team events from board rescue, board relay and swim teams. Morgan Stack, Alex Barnes, Jessica Jensen along with Marlee and Kyla will mix and match to cover the Under-17 individual and team events. Kayla Russell and Sarah Tisdell will compete in their age (Under-19and Open) events for what will be three gruelling days of competition.

Kayla is excited about the step up in competition especially with the news that she has achieved selection in the State team as an Open competitor.

Good luck to all the competitors from the North Coast Branch who are making the trip to Swansea.

  • IT'S not only competitors who have been making the trip south. Three of our local lifesavers were invited to participate in the Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Exchange Program.

Sher Brown and Shana Doughney both from Red Rock SLSC and Mitch Murphy from Sawtell SLSC spent a very busy Australia Day weekend with five other country representatives patrolling Maroubra, Coogee and Bondi beaches during the four days.

There are plans for members from the Sydney branch to come out to the country to complete the exchange program.



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