TERRIGAL TRUMPS NSW POOL RESCUE CHAMPS
Event favourite Terrigal SLSC has convincingly taken out the NSW Pool Rescue Championships over the weekend at Woy Woy.
With the largest team in the competition,Terrigal was able to capitalise on good performances from established athletes as well as a number of new recruits from other Central Coast clubs. The club has picked up Jack Waddell from Soldiers and former Ocean Beach competitors Elyssia and Alessandra Gasparotto, along with Keelan Bridge, one of best pool athletes in NSW. Along with her selection to the national elite squad, Rachelle King’s recent training with Mooloolaba head coach Russell Green obviously paid off. She came away with a swag of medals in individual and team events.
The Championships include obstacle swims, manikin carries, line throws, medley relays and simulated emergency response competition. The events are great for honing the surf rescue skills of our top athletes, who are all volunteer surf lifesavers.
Last year’s champion, Wanda, was forced to settle for second place, with good performances by Jessica Lauricella in the U17 Obstacle Race, 50m Manikin Carry and 50m Freestyle with Fins. Nicholas Brooks won the U15 Manikin Carry, Manikin tow, 50m Freestyle with Fins and Manikin Carry with fins. Alex Clarke won the U19 50m Freestyle and teamed up with clubmates to win the Open Manikin Relay with Dane Farrell and Blake McCrindle. Danielle McMahon won the U15 Manikin Tow and Aiden McColm won the U14 50m Freestyle.
Central Coast club Umina also performed extremely well finishing fourth in the overall point score, due to the consistent racing of junior competitors.
Cronulla wins included Jake Little in the U19 Super Lifesaver and Bridget Little who secured places in most of her events.
Swansea Belmont’s Sam Earp was the standout performer for the Hunter. He won the U19 Manikin Carry, Manikin Tow, Manikin Carry with Fins and Rescue Medley. Together with only a handful of team mates, he managed to secure the club 7th spot overall.
In the female events, Danielle Radford and Kirsty Waugh came second and third in the U19 Obstacle Race and Manikin Tow and 50m Freestyle with Fins. Radford also came second in the Super Lifesaver and Rescue Medley events.
Redhead didn’t fare as well as expected, although Isaac Morgan won the U17 Manikin Tow.
Manly was also well down on the pointscore table. The best results were from Cooper Krenkels who won the U14 year Obstacle Race, 50m Freestyle with Fins and gained places in other events.
The Far North Coast once again proved that they are moving up the ranks with impressive performances from Lennox Head-Alstonville and Byron Bay.
Lennox improved on last year’s competition with an eighth place overall thanks to standout performances by the Gray and Thomas families. The Lennox team dominated the U19 male age category with Hayden Thomas and Nathan Gray medalling in most of the U19 male events. Hayden’s younger brother Murray Thomas took out the U15 years 50 Freestyle with Michayla Gray, Nathan’s younger sister, finishing just outside of the medals in the U17 female division.
Byron also ended in the top 10 with strong performances from Joshua Brown and Conor Moriarty both taking out gold medals in the U14 age group.
Bulli continued with the strong form it has displayed over many years as a leading club in Pool Rescue competition, finishing fifth in the overall club point score. Bulli’s rising stars stole the limelight from the senior team, with impressive victories by Joshua Gordon who won most events in the U13 age group and Kiah Taylor winning the U14 100m Patient Tow.
Overall club pointscore
1 Terrigal 495
2 Wanda 361
3 Cronulla 189
4 Umina 174
5 Bulli 138
6 Elouera 118
7 Swansea Belmont 88
8 Lennox Head-Alstonville 81
9 Avoca Beach 72
10 Byron Bay 54
11 Shelly Beach 46
12 North Cronulla 43
13 Redhead 36
14 SLSA HP 21
15 Catherine Hill Bay 18
16 Manly 17
17 Wauchope Bonny Hills 4
18 Ocean Beach 1
18 Coffs Harbour 1
18 Nambucca Heads 1
18 Soldiers Beach 1