Josh McBrien and Leila Walker produced strong performances at the Coolangatta Gold.
Josh McBrien and Leila Walker produced strong performances at the Coolangatta Gold.

Gold was within reach for juniors

THE challenging five-foot swell at Kurrawa beach didn’t stop two local surf lifesavers from producing strong results at the famed Coolangatta Gold.

Competing in the junior event, Josh McBrien and Leila Walker were high on the finishing order.

Sawtell’s Walker was one of 14 female competitors in the event and she worked hard to finish in fifth position.

The 17-year-old has bigger things in store this summer having just been selected in the NSW Country side to compete against New Zealand and Central Coast in January.

McBrien who competes each weekend for Woolgoolga was part of a larger field of 46 entrants.

Even though he is only 14-years-old, McBrien finished well ahead of a majority of the field to finish in 13th position.

The talented surf lifesavers are part of the 14-person squad which represents the North Coast Branch in the North Coast Academy of Sport.



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