AUSSIES Wrap – Day 2 Youth Championships – 17 April
It was the ultimate day for Clubbies on day two of the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, with athletes across the U15 age groups going head to head in the team events in the water.
More than 700 young surf lifesavers returned to Mooloolaba and Maroochydore Beaches for the second and final day of the Aussies Youth Championships.
On day two of the water competition it was the New South Wales teams that really stepped up, winning six of the eight gold medals on offer in the water arenas.
It was an emotional win for the Cooks Hill U15 Female Board Relay Team, who dedicated the gold medal to their late coach, Wayne Whiteman.
Rising star Charlie Burns, said today’s win was all the more special.
“Wayne was like a grandfather figure to all of us, and it was so hard losing him, it was hard to stay motivated. This group of girls made it so good to achieve something like that.
“I have wanted to get an Aussies metal since I was eight years old, I just can’t describe how I feel.
“Team events are our best things, I love being in team events, it’s so much fun and I feel like this means so much to us as we have just lost our coach and we knew we had to get there.
Cooks Hill Coach David Reynolds said he knows Wayne would have been looking down on the Club and very proud.
“These kids were invested in Wayne and when he passed away, they were lost and shattered. I had a lot to do with Wayne personally, I am just proud to fill in his shoes and take them to that next level. They have purpose again,” he said.
In the Surf Teams it was double gold for Gold Coast’s BMD Northcliffe Surf Club with the Club demonstrating strong performances.
Swim sensation Milla Jansen switched the pool for the ocean backing up from the Swimming Australia Age Nationals to help spur her BMD Northcliffe team mates onto gold.
“That was a really good race, I am pretty stoked that we managed to get the gold medal,” Jansen said.
“I just wanted to go really hard to the cans, and then hopefully hold it in for the rest, and that’s exactly what I did.
Jansen teamed up with club mates Cyra Bender, Emma McDonald, Caitlin Allred to take the gold medal home to Northcliffe.
“They are all my best mates, so it’s really good that we were able to do that together today,” Jansen said.
“We’re all really proud to come from Northcliffe, it’s the best club and we love going to training all the time,” she said.
In the U14 Female Flags it came down to Lily Alford (Tweed Heads Coolangatta) and Keira Vincent (Wanda) in the final two, the pair inseparable as they had to do re-run the final flag race, but ultimately it was Tweed Heads Coolangatta’s Lily Alford who just snuck ahead to become the Aussie champs.
“I can’t believe it, I’m shaking and just really happy,” Alford said from Mooloolaba Beach.
It was a role reversal in the Men’s U14 Flags where South Australis’s Harry Pearce from Port Elliot powered through the final showdown to become the Aussie Champion ahead of Kobe Sorensen from North Cronulla who last night took out the U14 Beach Sprint ahead of Pearce.
“I had a good feeling in my head that it was going to be either me or him (Kobe), because we did the sprints together as well, but I did not expect to win,” Pearce said.
In the U15 Male Flags it came down to Surfers Paradise’s Jett Milford-Ferguson and Maroochydore’s Tom Johnson, with Jett first to turn but the Sunshine Coast local crept ahead to nab the win and the Aussies Gold.
“I don’t even know how to feel, it hasn’t even sunk through yet,” Johnson said still in shock.
Currumbin’s Britney Ingr was a standout in the U15 Female Beach Flags picking the right line throughout the heats and finals and added another Aussies gold medal to her Beach Sprint title from Friday night.
“I’m so happy, especially to race against the girls I did and to come away with the win, it’s a good feeling,” Ingr said.
The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held on the Sunshine Coast from 16-24 April, with more than 5,900 competitors going head-to-head across three beaches and nine action packed days of competition.
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