Silver lining for Sawtell
AFTER his Sawtell under-15 sprint relay team won a silver medal at last week’s surf life saving national championships at Kurrawa, team coach Kevin Clancy can’t believe how relaxed about it all the girls are.
“They don’t realise how big a thing they’ve achieved,” Clancy said.
The quartet of Isabell Underhill, Emma James, Lauren Dam and Jayden Morgan were only just edged out of a national title by the Mullaloo SLSC girls from Perth’s northern beaches.
Clancy said that the silver medal was the culmination of a couple of years of work that started when the club realised how lucky it was to have four girls with plenty of pace in its midst.
“I knew Lauren was quick and Issy was very quick, but one of the parents alerted me that we had another couple of quick runners in the age group,” he said.
“I asked if we could get a team together to train and we did.”
Dam picked up some individual glory as well, collecting a bronze medal in the flags.
Teammate Issy Underhill also made the final of the flags and finished in seventh position.
With the team actually in the under-14 age group, the four girls are able to chase a national title again next year.
Clancy said that a win would be a just reward for his girls.
“They’re all really good kids,” he said. “They’re good students and they’re never a problem.”