The Sawtell girls on their magical beach. Kayla Russell, Bonnie Hancock, Courtney Hancock and Indhia Hancock are counting down
The Sawtell girls on their magical beach. Kayla Russell, Bonnie Hancock, Courtney Hancock and Indhia Hancock are counting down

There?s something in the water

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

CAN someone from the CSIRO please get down to Sawtell Beach and test what special minerals are in the water there?

There has to be something that can explain the phenomenal success that the girls from the Sawtell SLSC are enjoying.

Four of the Sawtell girls have all been selected in the state team for the upcoming interstate championships to be held at Queenscliff on the weekend before Australia Day.

Kayla Russell and the three Hancock sisters, Courtney, Bonnie and Indhia, are all working hard towards acquitting themselves well at the national level.

All four of the girls practically demanded selection in the NSW team after recording strong results at the recent Interbranch Carnival at Fingal Beach.

For Indhia, her selection represents the first trip to nationals for the 13-year-old.

As the youngest of the three Hancock sisters she doesn't feel any pressure from the reputation her older siblings have created.

"There's no pressure really but when their names were read out I was hoping that I could make it as well," she admitted.

"I haven't got any advice off my sisters as they've been away lately so it's mostly been my dad telling me that the competition is going to be harder than what I expect."

The selections were announced after the Interbranch Championships and what was impressed on the girls the most at the team meeting was that beating Queensland was of paramount importance.

"We had a talk after the interbranch and they said that if you're coming seventh and a Queenslander is coming sixth you've just got to use the adrenaline to get past them," Russell explained.

"Every point counts, last year we beat them by only one and a half points, it's always good to beat them."

As the most experienced member of the squad, Courtney Hancock was quick to concur.

"The biggest thing is beating Queensland, it's always a battle," she said.

The girls are currently working hard in preparation for the nationals, training up to four hours a day.

Working with swim coach Cheryl Neville in the mornings and Terry Cahill in the afternoons when working on their board technique.

It's tough work at the best of times but Bonnie Hancock is relieved that it's coming at this time of year.

"It's good with the school holidays," she admitted.

"At least we get a rest in between the two sessions."

Maybe the Sawtell Surf Club should try and get some sponsorship from the company that makes Mars Bars because these girls have proven already thay certainly can work, rest and play.



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