Aussies wrap – Day 8 – Friday 23 April
TRIFECTA FOR NEWPORT IN OPEN MEN’S DOUBLE SKI
Day eight of the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships saw the Newport Club rejoice as their Open Men’s Double teams took out all podium finishes.
After eight years the combination of Luke Jones and Mitchell Trim were finally able to bring home the gold medal they had been after, taking the win over fellow Newport teammates Jayke Rees and Max Brooks (silver) and Greg Tobin and Luke Morrison (bronze).
Emotions ran high as they crossed the line, choking back the tears as both men were quick to thank the unwavering support of their families.
Trim said: “My parents haven’t missed one race of mine at the Aussie titles in the last 10 years.
“My mum and dad, sisters and fiancee are in the boats, we’ve got Luke’s dad here and his wife and five year old daughter are at home cheering us on,” he said.
The Open Female Ski saw Northcliffe’s Danielle McKenzie continue her dominance to back the win in the mixed double yesterday with another gold medal today this time with Georgia Laird. The duo last won the title together in 2018 and today were able to get the win over Bulli’s Jasmine Locke and Hannah Minogue and fellow Northcliffe teammates Mackenzie Duffy and Tokyo Olympian Jaime Roberts.
In somewhat flat conditions, it was the inspiration of coach and Dual Olympian Naomi Flood that got the pair over the line.
“Floody was always one of the best Australian paddlers, and I always came across her when I was racing for the New Zealand team,” McKenzie said.
“It’s really cool to have the support of Naomi Flood, and I think she really works hard with us to make sure we gel together – especially when it comes to something like Aussies.
“It’s been really cool to see all the girls, and all the Northcliffe teams doing really awesome,” she said.
Maroochydore lifeguard Beau Farrell came out of retirement to team up with swim sensation Matthew Palmer to claim gold in the Open Male Board Rescue final.
In front of a home crowd the duo delivered an epic performance for their home Club Maroochydore, with spectators cheering them home to take the win over Charlie Brooks and Zach Morris (Newport) and Matt Bevilacqua and Matt Poole (Northcliffe).
After flat conditions dominated the morning’s program, southerly winds picked up to create a small chop and give the men a little assistance on the run home.
It feels absolutely awesome, especially on our home beach. Bringing Beauy out of retirement, it’s just something really special,” said Palmer.
“I think he’s been waiting for a few of us boys to get older so he can compete with us. And to pull it off with him, first carnival, is absolutely incredible,” he said.
For Farrell, he knows exactly what it takes to be a member of a Board Rescue team, the local lifeguard using the home beach to his advantage.
“I’m the full time lifeguard here, I’ve probably sat in that lifeguard tower for about 20,000 hours, looking up and down the beach. So it’s extra special to be able to do it on home soil,” said Farrell.
Sam Zustovich put on a dominant display in the both the U19 and Open Male Beach Flags, taking out both titles and beating siz-time Aussie Beach Sprint Champion jackson Symonds in the Open Final to the Gold.
Zustovich also claimed Gold in the U19 Beach Sprints on Thursday night, with a tally of three Gold Aussie Medals in 2021.
“It feels awesome, I have been training so hard for this. All the years of training and I’ve finally got it so hard work pays off…especially with Jacko, he’s such a good turner, he’s always been on point so, yeah, it’s awesome,” Zustovich said.
“I move up to Opens next year.. it will be a lot harder in the sprints because Jacko is so good.
“I can’t thank my coach enough, Daniel Robins, he’s been working so hard on me all year so we finally got what we wanted.”
In the U19 Females Isabella Walker who also took out the U19 Beach Sprint title, powered through to nab her third Aussies Gold Medal for 2021 as well. Walker was also part of the U19 Beach Relay team who took out Gold on Thursday night, making this her third Gold Medal of Aussies 2021.
In the U17 Male Flags Eloeura’s Perter Thoroughgood came from the heavens to snatch the final flag from Cronulla’s Josh Tattum, while in the U17 Females local Kiara Rychvalsky from Maroochydore beat out North Cronulla’s Lucy Flanagan.
The Open Female Flags Currumbin team mates Elizabeth Forsyth and Chelsea Lane were the last two standing, with Forsyth taking the win over her club mate adding a third Open Female Flags Aussie title to her stack.
“This is what we’ve been trying for all year, I’ve had a pretty bad run with injuries over the last 12 months so we’re so stoked to get this one today,” Forsyth said.
“We were hoping for the one, two, three but unfortunately we couldn’t get there, so with two on the podium and three in the finals it’s an awesome effort from the girls today.”
Tomorrow’s action kicks off for the Opens Competition from 9:00am with the livestream from 9:00AM to 11:15AM and the Live Broadcast on Channel 9GO! from 12PM-2PM.