YOUNGSTERS EXCEL: The North Coast Branch finished ninth overall at the Interbranch Championships held on the Central Coast.
YOUNGSTERS EXCEL: The North Coast Branch finished ninth overall at the Interbranch Championships held on the Central Coast. Surf Life Saving NSW

Solid results at championships for North Coast Branch

REPRESENTATIVE surf athletes from the North Coast enjoyed a bright start to summer as they showcased their skills at the 2016 NSW Interbranch Championships held at The Lakes SLSC on the Central Coast.

The North Coast Branch finished fourth in the Country tally and ninth overall but in encouraging signs for the future were only five points behind Mid North Coast in the overall standing.

The Coffs Coast's surf lifesavers produced a host of solid results with Kate Murray (Sawtell) claiming bronze in the under-15 Female Board Race and fellow club mate Aiden Blaxland finishing fourth in the under-13 Ironman.

In the Open division, Tahlia Kollen (Urunga) finished strongly in the Ironwoman to secure a top five spot and Jack Pavey (Coffs Harbour) crossed the line sixth in the Ski race.

On the beach, Bellinger Valley-North Beach sprinter Max Shaw made it to the top four in the under-15 Beach Flags while Riley Dalton (Woolgoolga) finished fifth in the Open Beach Flags.

"The kids have enjoyed themselves and have done incredibly well especially with the standard of the competition,” North Coast Branch coach Darren O'Reilly said.

"Interbranch is fantastic for our local athletes who aren't able to train as much as others around NSW and it is a great indicator of where they're at in the sport.”



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