Coffs Coast Advocate

Medals aplenty for juniors

WITH more than two thousand competitors hitting the sand and water at Tacking Point last week, the pace was hectic and at times chaotic with dangerous seas making it a necessity to move water events to Flynn's Beach for the safety of all concerned.

This created a logistical nightmare for many competitors as the decision had to be made to finish competing in either sand or water events.

Had this not been the case, then the final tally board may have looked different with our local clubs fairing even higher in the pointscore.

Collectively Junior Surf Lifesavers from the North Coast Branch returned with 45 Gold, 34 silver and 34 bronze medals.

Each junior competitor who attended the three days at the NSW Country Titles achieved success for their Branch just by participating.

Judging by the displays of surf skills in difficult conditions, the future crop of surf lifesavers who will look after the public safety on our beaches is a very talented one to say the least.

Congratulations to:

Damian Attwood (Coffs) for his gold in U14 beach flags, Taylor Meagher (Saw) gold U14 female beach flags, Lachlan McRae (Nam H) Gold U13 beach sprint and bronze U13 beach flags, Woolgoolga Red silver in U13 beach relay.

Matthew Parker (Woo) gold U12 beach flags, Isabella Underhill (Woo) silver U12 female beach flags, with Lauren Dam (Saw) a close bronze. Mitchell Jedd (BVNth Bch) was lightning fast over the sand to secure his bronze in the U11 beach sprint while Coffs Harbour A secured silver in the U11 beach relay and Bellinger Valley North Beach were hot on their heels for bronze. Jedd backed up with a silver in U11 beach flags. U10 Jonothan Gusman (Woo) secured silver in his beach sprint. Kate Thorn (Ur) won gold in U9 beach sprint and bronze in U9 beach flags. Coffs Harbour A U8 relay team won a bronze medal for their age division whilst Emily Conlon (Coffs) won a silver medal for the U8 beach flags.

Lauren Dam (Saw) lead to win gold U12 beach sprint with Isabella Underhill (Woo) finishing with the bronze. In U14 board relay honours when to Coffs Harbour A with Woolgoolga Red securing the bronze medal.

The U14 male board race was a tight one but Tjade Groot (Woo) achieved gold with team-mate Jeb Freeman (Woo) the bronze. Sarah Lumley (Coffs) tackled the surf to grab bronze in U14 board race. It was a 1-2 finish for Woopi with Gilbert Schweikert and Josh O'Brien in U13 board followed by Woolgoolga Red taking gold in U13 board relay. Karl Schweikert (Woo) secured bronze in U12 board while Coffs Harbour's Zoe Burgess took bronze in U12 female board. Sawtell A won bronze in U12 board relay.

Mitchell Huthnance (Woo) secured bronze U11 male board while Kassey Reeves (Saw) took the bronze honours in female U11 board race.

On his first year in boards, U9 Harrison Jacobs (Coffs) was thrilled with his golden effort plus joining with team-mates Coffs Harbour A also took silver in the U9 board relay. Sean O'Reilly (Coffs) won a silver in U9 surf race. Madeline Carah (Coffs) won a bronze in U11 surf race and Coffs Harbour A also won a bronze in the surf tea event.

Kaitlin Leaney (Coffs) was grinning ear to ear with her silver medal in U8 female wade event.

The U14 surf race was hotly contested with Tyler Partland (Coffs) finishing with the gold and Tjade Groot (Woo) the silver. Coffs Harbour A also secured gold in the U14 surf teams. The U13 female surf race saw an all Coffs affair with Jessica Carah gold, Carla Westwood silver and Josie Bailey bronze.

Woolgoolga Red took silver in U13 surf teams. Melissa Hely (Saw) was back to her top form securing gold in U14 female surf race. Lauren Dam (Saw) fought out for bronze in U12 surf race. Coffs Harbour Gold secured bronze in the coveted junior board rescue whilst Coffs Harbour A and Coffs Harbour B teams took gold and bronze in the senior Cameron relay.

Coffs Harbour also featured in the medals for the Buchanan relay with A taking silver and B the bronze.

Finishing the medal tally was the iron person events with U14 Tyler Partland winning gold, Tjade Groot silver and Patrick Harrington (Coffs) bronze. Josh McBrien silver and Gilbert Schweikert bronze in U13 male and Josie Bailey (Coffs) U13 iron woman gold. Zoe Burgess, U12 iron woman gold and Lauren Dam bronze. Brooke Ingram (Saw) really earnt her bronze in the U11 iron woman.

Medal Tally

North Coast Branch Junior Surf Lifesavers

NSW Country Titles

45 Gold

34 Silver

34 bronze

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