Iron titles decided on day 2 of #Aussies2019
The best young surf lifesavers in the country put everything on the line for the coveted Ironman and Ironwoman finals, on Sunday morning at North Burleigh on the Gold Coast.
The Swim and Board finals for the under 14 and under 15 competitors were held yesterday and acted as a quality form guide. The u14 females got racing underway in excellent conditions and under sunny skies.
Maroochydore’s Jamie Perkins, who won the Board and Silver in the surf race yesterday took the Ironwoman final on day two. Ahead of Kimberley Doyle, who won the Surf Race yesterday, Morgan Trinca from Southport picked up another bronze. Katelynn Doyle dropped back to fourth in the sprint to the finish.
Perkins attacked the start of the race and rounded the first can in the swim just ahead of the Newport twins who were consistently near the lead for the entire race. Perkins really won the race with her surf skills on the way back to the beach in the swim, her sprint in transition into the Board leg. Trinca’s move through the field on the Board and sprint to the line were the other key moves in the race.
Perkins was thrilled with her win, which was comfortable in the end.
“It was tough at the start and I got a good wave back and just held my breath, which made it easier,” Perkins said.
“I really smashed it through transition and hoped for the best on the way back in. I really wanted it (title) and the transition was an area I really wanted to excel.”
Like most of the 1000 competitors here for the youth championships, Perkins has the goal of making the open ironwoman series in the future. (The full race can be seen on the Facebook Stream from 52:00 https://www.facebook.com/slsaustralia/videos/298440527491340/ )
In the u14 male final, all eyes were on the four Newport caps in the 18-strong field, and the Morris twins and Bailey Clues in particular. Mitchell and Jake Morris had won the Surf and Board races (respectively) yesterday, with Mitchell also winning silver in the Board. Bailey Clues also had a bronze from the Board coming into Sunday’s final.
During the swim leg there was extra swell around, with the four Newport boys and Jackson Blake from Warilla Barrack Point, the top five heading back to the beach. Blake was the surprise packet of the day. He just missed both individual finals but on Sunday he was in the thick of the lead action.
After working hard to run and dolphin dive through the gutter it was Clues in the lead going into the Board with Blake and the Morris twins on his tail.
Mitch Morris had moved into the lead around the first can, and it was really tight leading into the beach until he was able to hang onto a wave that no-one else could and from that point the national title was his.
Morris made winning his third individual medal from the three finals at the Championships look easy, but it not the case.
“It was hard out there on the board,” Morris said. “I didn’t want to trip in the potholes with the board. When I got past Bailey on the board I slowed down a bit around the cans to get my breath back and then just went for it again and managed to get the winning wave.
“It’s good training with the boys and we just love Newport.”
Clues kept pushing hard to the beach and managed to finish with the silver. Blake got a strong wave on the way home and was fourth off the board before managing to sprint past Jake Morris on the beach to claim the bronze and stop another Newport trifecta.
Full men’s u14 race in the Facebook stream at 59:30 https://www.facebook.com/slsaustralia/videos/298440527491340/
In the u15 iron finals it was the competitors from the Currumbin Vikings that dominated on the day. In the women’s race Charlotte Cross and Ruby Meehan went 1-2. The pair hugging each other on the sand after their breakthrough performance. North Bondi’s Bernadette Hughes won the bronze.
Cross was fourth in the Board final yesterday and was thrilled to make the big jump to the podium with her training partner, and in front of family and friends.
“It feels so good, so good. And I’m so happy for Rugby too,” Cross said. Cross has big goals to one day be the open iron woman champion.
“The conditions were tough with the bank out there today. I would have preferred more of a swell.”
The individual winners from day one, Lily Fanati (North Bondi) on the Board was fourth and Lily O’Sullivan (Cudgen Headland), who won the Surf Race, was sixth.
Full race coverage of the u15 Ironwoman final on the Facebook stream at 1:10.30.
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In the u15 Ironman Hugh Munro managed a big move in the swim leg to set up the Ironman win in a close finish over Kade Aitchison from Northcliffe, with Munro’s training partner Zach King in third.
Munro was thrilled with the win.
“I was mid-pack in the swim. I managed to snag a wave on the swim and got up first into transition,” Munro explained. “I was pretty hammered going into the board but I kept my head and looked for a wave.”
Munro found the conditions tough racing but dug deep with a national title on the line.
“There is that extra bit of pressure and lots of people watching so going for that national title is a lot more nerve wrecking.”
“We’ve got a strong squad at Currumbin and a few boys in our age group that all push each other. We are best mates out of the sport as well. We come to training to try to beat each other and have fun doing it.”
Munro was awarded the Matthew Barclay Memorial Award for wining the u15 Ironman title with Matthew’s parents, Donna and Steve Barclay, on hand to present the trophy.
Full race of the u15 Ironman final on the Facebook stream at 1:21.00.
More to come on Beach Flags finals, Ocean Swim, 2km Run, Board and Surf teams finals.