It was a gold rush for legends of surf sports on the second and final day of the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships Masters competition.
With the individual events won and done, today’s focus in perfect conditions, was on the team events – the ultimate day for any clubbie.
It was the former champions who claimed a gold rush on day two, Alexandra Headlands’ Kirsty Holmes and Kristy Munroe, formerly part of the iconic ‘Special K’ trio, teaming up to take out the 35-39 yrs Double Ski.
“We haven’t been on the double for about five years so we will just get on it and go. This masters is just like one big massive reunion so it’s always a good atmosphere and tomorrow it’s just going to heat up again,” said Kirsty Holmes.The legendary Grant Kenny teamed up with brother Martin Kenny and fellow Alexandra Headlands clubbie Jeffrey Lemarseny to deliver a gold medal in the Single Ski Relay, which added to the impressive haul of medals that home club Alexandra Headlands claimed over the weekend.
“We knew G.K doing the anchor was a smart move as he’s been around a long time and he’s a strategic racer so it was a bit tactical. Particularly as it was one of the best it’s ever been so we were pretty confident we’d be there. That run up the beach, he had good technique and good experience to get there,” Martin Kenny explained.
Bonnie-Anne Palmer (nee Hancock) picked up her seventh gold, and 10th medal of the Aussies, after dominating the Ironwoman, Single Ski, Surf Race, Board Rescue, Double Ski, Ski Relay, Taplin Relay and 2km Ocean Swim.
“It’s all about the team at the end of the day, we started off with the ski relay and taplin relay this morning which is always so much fun, and two events which I think really show the depth of the club.
“It’s so fabulous to see so many familiar faces – Tiarne (Smith), Lee (Vrolyks), Kirsty Holmes and Kristy Munroe. I grew up watching all those girls on television with my sister (Courtney Hancock) and they’re still idols in my eyes, and it’s fantastic to be racing next to them now.
“I’m so proud of my teammates, we’re just stoked to be up there getting good points for the club, it was good competition so we’re stoked to get the win,” she said
Yesterday wrapped up the Champion Lifesaver event that tests athletes lifesaving and athletic abilities. Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Jemma Smith successfully defended her crown taking out the Open Female Champion Lifesaver title.
“I love competing at the Aussies, the Champion Lifesaver is always such a good way to start for me, it’s always helps to get those nervous jitters out of the way.
Mum got me involved in the Champion Lifesaver, she’s been doing it since I was a little toddler. I think the first time it was held for the women I was one year old, and she won the first ever event there was for the women. So she’s been doing it a long time and it’s really fantastic I’m able to do it alongside her.
It’s going to be such a big week, but we’ve been preparing for it all season. So we’re primed and ready to go, I’m just looking forward to getting out there in all the events,” she said.
The Aussies continues tomorrow with Opens competition, kicking off the morning with the Open Ironman and Ironwoman heats.
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