Hancock sisters shine
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IF ANY more precious metals make their way into the Hancock household then a full-time security guard might need to be hired to protect them after another swag of medals was collected over the weekend at Elouera Beach during the State titles for Surf Life Saving.
Bonnie Hancock had an incredible weekend collecting four gold medals as well as a silver and a bronze to be one of the shining lights of the meet.
She dominated her under 17 age group to win the ironwoman, surf race and board race as well as pairing up with her older sister Courtney to win the under 19 board rescue.
The champion siblings also teamed to win a bronze in the open board rescue and joined fellow Sawtell teammate Zoe Bale to win the silver medal in the under 19 board relay.
Courtney collected an individual gold in the under 19 ironwoman as well as another two silver medals.
While overjoyed with all the medals she collected at Elouera, Bonnie admitted that teaming together to win gold with her sister created an extra special element in the victory.
"It's definitely more special because Courtney hasn't been in teams events for the last couple of years as there hasn't been someone in her age group who could partner her," she said.
"Winning an event at state is exciting enough but being in a team with Courtney and and win it with your sister is heaps special."
The success at the State titles means that the Hancock sisters will be off to the Gold Coast for the nationals which will take place in three weeks time at Kurrawa Beach.
"These are the last three weeks for the season so when I get back I'll be working really hard at training," the quadruple gold medallist explained.
"You need to keep training hard because when you get to nationals the competition's really tough."
The Sawtell club had a massive weekend as Kayla Russell finished third in the under 15's board race but another local in Coffs Harbour's Aaron Beavis proved the depth of the talent in the area when he also collected a medal finishing runner-up in the under 17's board race.