Surf Club farewells winning summer
COFFS Harbour Junior Surf Club took down the flags for the final time this summer when they held their annual presentations last week to celebrate one of their most successful seasons.
More than 250 parents and children attended the event to recognise the outstanding achievements of the Club and its members in the 2008-09 season. The overall success of the team at Branch, Country and State level ensured that this season will rank as one of the most outstanding for many years.
With up to 100 members attending the Branch carnivals throughout the season, Coffs consistently proved too strong for all comers and finished up undefeated at each of the carnivals over the season.
The emerging dominance shown in the water over the last couple of years continued while the introduction of a training program for beach events this year saw immediate benefits with the Club also coming to the fore on the sand.
Earlier in the year a team of almost 60 travelled to Tacking Point for the NSW Country Titles and exceeded all expectations by claiming third place overall. Outstanding performances in the water and on the sand resulted in 10 gold among the medal haul.
A haul of five gold medals by under 14 Tyler Partland, along with a one-two-three finish in the under 13 female swim by Jess Carah, Carla Westwood and Josie Bailey stood out among a number of highlights for the Club.
A team of 17 members also travelled to the State Age Titles at Swansea in February and once again proved themselves with every competitor making at least one final. Sean O'Reilly travelled down hoping to make a final but performed exceptionally well to claim a bronze medal in the under 9 surf race in a race that attracted more than 180 starters.
A number of under 14s also returned the following week and competed up an age group at the State Open Titles with the standout performance being the bronze medal snared by Lilli Smyth in the under 15 2km soft sand run.
“With these results at all levels of competition, along with the individual development and enjoyment gained by all members on our regular Sunday morning events, it is clear that the direction the Club is going is a very positive one,” club president Mick Carah said.
“We continue to focus on developing the surf skills and surf awareness for all of the kids, and whilst this helps to deliver positive results in the competitive arena, more importantly it will prove a massive advantage to the Life Saving Movement in general for this area.”
Coffs Harbour SLSC
Under 8s - Girls: Emily Conlan. Boys: Ethan Bottero.
Under 9s - Girls: Claudia Charles. Boys: Ky Kinsella.
Under 10s - Girls: Lilly Bottero. Boys: Jacob Mercy Ireland.
Under 11s - Girls: Maddy Carah. Boys: Keiran Riches.
Under 12s - Girls: Zoe Burgess. Boys: Lachlan Kelly.
Under 13s - Girls: Josie Bailey. Boys: Patrick Wilson.
Under 14s - Girls: Sarah Lumley. Boys: Tyler Partland.