Indhia Hancock training at Sawtell Beach. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 06031027A
Indhia Hancock training at Sawtell Beach. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 06031027A

Our golden girls

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

WINNING the gold medal at the State Surf Life Saving Championships for the second year running for the board rescue has Sawtell pair Lillian Dellar and Indhia Hancock on top of the world.

For 13 year-old Dellar the weekend was more than productive as she also managed to score a bronze medal in the individual board race.

Dellar has been quietly going about her training and competitions at Sawtell since the under 6's but her long list of achievements is nothing to be quiet about.

For the last two years she has been rewarded with Interbranch selection and won gold medals at the NSW Country titles in the events that she did so well in at the Stae Championships which were held at Cronulla on the weekend.

The Bishop Druitt student was obviously pleased with collecting the gold and feels that the victory is proof that the board rescue is truly a team's event.

"I think we're a lot better team than the others," she said of her partnership with Hancock.

"I don't think that we're the best swimmers or the best board paddlers but I think we're the best team, we work well together."

The teamwork was required on the weekend too as the beaches were full of bluebottles and when Hancock had reached the cans for her swim leg, a bluebottle decided to wrap itself around her.

Dellar's quick paddling meant that the stinging pain Hancock had to endure was kept to as short amount of time as possible.

"I got stung a little bit on my arm but that was about it," Dellar added.

"The bluebottles tend to hang around the cans."

The four board and three swim sessions a week that Dellar does to ensure she can succeed at the higher levels look to have paid off but she's set for harder work in the near future as she transfers to a larger board due to moving into a higher age bracket.

"I'll try next year on longboards. It will be heaps different as they go a lot faster but it will be a new challenge."



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