Big Coffs team for Titles
THE Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club will send one of their biggest teams to a State Titles in a number of years when 14 individual competitors along with four boat crews travel to Blacksmiths Beach at Swansea this weekend.
Following an extremely profitable Country Titles the team is looking towards further success on the State’s biggest stage.
Having finished top four in each of the last three State Titles, the under 15 board relay team of Tyler Partland, Kyle Beavis and Patt Harrington is aiming at another solid finish.
With a strong training base and good results at earlier carnivals the team is definitely one to watch this weekend.
The boys will also join forces with beach specialist Damien Attwood in the Cameron Relay where they represent a good chance of at least replicating their fifth place finish from 2009.
Partland and Beavis will also line up in the Board Rescue where they hope to maintain their consistent results in this event at this level while all boys will be hoping to reach the finals of each of their individual events.
Sarah Lumley will be hopeful of repeating her performances from the Country Titles where she challenged in all of her individual events.
No doubt she will be particularly competitive in the under 15 tube rescue, the event in which she claimed gold at Country in impressive fashion.
On the sand Lilli Smyth represents a strong chance in the under 15 2km beach run.
Smyth claimed bronze in this event last year when she competed against athletes a year older, so hopes are high for another podium finish at this year’s titles.
Fresh from some solid results at the Junior State Titles last weekend Josie Bailey, Jess Carah and Brodie Ellis will move up into the under 15s to once again test themselves against the best in the State.
In addition to competing in their individual events the trio will team with Lumley and Smyth in the Cameron and board relays.
In the under 17s Dylan Westwood, Nick Bailey and Josh Chapman will represent the club with all three competitors targeting finals in each of their individual water events.
This trio will also join forces in the board relay where a strong result is well within their sights.
In the under 17 female division Emma Burgess and Georgia Smyth hope to continue their improvement from the Country Titles particularly in the single and double ski events where their training form has been very impressive.
Burgess and the older Smyth will also take to the line in the board relay where they will be joined by Lumley out of the 15s.
Some of the team members won’t get much chance to rest following the State Titles though, as they travel to Kurrawa next weekend for the Queensland State Titles.
Under 15s Tyler Partland, Kyle Beavis, Patt Harrington and Sarah Lumley will be joined by Open competitor Aaron Beavis when they head north with a full program of events to be held over the two-day carnival.
The team can then draw breath before they return to Kurrawa in mid-March for the Australian titles.