State?s best on show at Crowdy Head
CROWDY Head was the place to be when the best surf lifesavers in NSW met last weekend for the 2007 NSW interbranch championships.
With each of the State's 11 branches only allowed two surf competitors and one beach competitor in each age group from under 12s to opens, each race attracts absolute quality fields.
The Newcastle Permanent North Coast team stood tall at the carnival with a number of competitors returning outstanding results.
Courtney Hancock led the way with victories in the under 19s surf race, board race and ironperson, cementing her position as one of the leading female lifesavers in NSW.
Courtney's successes also gained her selection in the NSW team to contest the national interstate titles in Adelaide. Open to lifesavers from 13 years to opens, Courtney was a standout selection. She will be joined in Adelaide by her sister, Bonnie, who stamped her presence on the carnival with wins in the under 17s surf and board races.
Bonnie also joined forces with Kayla Russell to grab second spot in the board rescue.
In a show of strength for the team, Kayla joined Bonnie on the podium in the board race with a third placing.
In the under 14s division, India Hancoack joined her sisters as a major placegetter when she paddled her way to second spot in the female board race.
Woolgoolga's Mikaela Rees stood tall for the North Coast on the beach when she raced away in a wonderful performance to claim the under 13' beach sprint.
The under 12s aren't eligible for State selection but they did deliver for the North Coast team with Tyler Partland leading the way when he swam his way into second place behind Manly's Josh Talvi in the surf race.
Tyler then backed up to claim second spot in a tightly fought ironman final, where the three placegetters were neck and neck for the entire race.
Also on the agenda at the carnival was the selection of a NSW country team for under 15s to opens. Aaron Beavis, Zoe Bale and Kayla Russell were successful in gaining inclusion in this side to take on Central Coast and New Zealand in a tri series carnival in January.
Overall the team represented the branch in outstanding fashion, both in and out of the water, with many terrific performances.
Aside from the six individual placegetters, and the representative selections, there were many top 10 finishes, with the branch finishing midfield in the pointscore.
The team now turns its attention to the NSW country titles to be held in Port Macquarie in January.