Alison O'Toole leads Hayley Bateup on her way to gold - Photo: harvpix.com
City of Perth’s Alison O’Toole has created Surf Life Saving history, winning her seventh successive two-kilometre beach in a memorable start to the third day of the DHL 2011 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
It is the most consecutive wins by any athlete in any event in Aussies history.
O’Toole amazed medical authorities in 2009 when she won her fifth title just three weeks after giving birth to her first child, Tighe.
WA’s super mum arrived on the Gold Coast on Tuesday and will fly back to Perth tonight to relieve her family of baby sitting duties.
O’Toole breaks the record she shared with Redhead’s Michael Jones, who won six straight open beach flags titles between 1983 and 1988.
Tugun’s Steve Madden successfully defended his own two-kilometre run title, won at Kurrawa last year, re-inforcing his continued comeback from a serious bike accident, while training for triathlon.
In November 2008 Madden was 100 metres from his home at the end of a long cycle ride when he was struck by a car and knocked into the gutter.
He had serious knee and head injuries that have kept him out of competition for a long period but yesterday he was able to put that behind him.
Steve Madden leads the field across the Kurrawa sand - Photo: harvpix.com
Earlier in the week Northcliffe lifesavers Damien Moffrey and Trent Rowe wrote their names into the history books also, as members of the Northcliffe club’s Champion Patrol Team for the tenth consecutive win.
Meanwhile the Bondi girls have added their own episode to “Bondi Rescue” winning a dramatic Open Women’s Rescue Tube Rescue final ahead of NSW Champions Swansea Belmont with Northcliffe taking the bronze.