No stopping super-teen Lani Pallister who steps up to open company with a golden glow
Unstoppable Alexandra Headland’s teenager Lani Pallister has continued on her winning ways on day one of the Pool Rescue competition at the World Inter-club Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide – but this time in open company.
She was the star of the open women’s after her stand-out performance in Australia’s close-up second to New Zealand in the National Youth Teams competition.
Pallister, just 16, swept her pool rescue and surf events for Australia, but has stepped up to open class and the super-teen with her sights set on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Trials has swum event faster.
She was just a finger nail outside the Youth World Record held by Currumbin’s Chelsea Gillett, the girl she touched-out tonight and who was one of the stars of Australia’s win over New Zealand in the National Open Teams.
Pallister clocked a time of 2:06.17 – just 0.06 outside Gillett’s record of 2:06.11 set in Montpellier in 2014.
Gillett led for 199 metres, with Pallister nabbing her on the finish with Gillett touching in 2:06.34 and French National Fabre Margaux third in 2:08.43.
There was no rest for Pallister who soon after added gold number two combining with Alexandra Headland’s partner Tiarrn Raymond to win the Open Line Throw.
“It was good to have a day of napping yesterday, to give my body a rest and also to recover mentally for another big but exciting week with my club,” said Pallister, who will make her Open Oceanwoman debut as well as the Open surf race, board and board rescue events after she has completed her busy pool program.
“Mentally, just giving myself a break, not concentrating on competing but just executing everything perfectly and also a physical break, because obviously you do get tired.
“It has been quite difficult over three days of competing in18 races but coming here I just wanted to lift for my own team and to race well for Alex, and I’m so proud of the club and my team mates, and everything we gave already achieved.
“I have to borrow Jett Kenny’s ski and Jamie (Porter’s) paddle for the Iron (Oceanwoman) but at least I have my own board so that kind of works.”
Pallister, a true ironwoman already, admitted she is still “hard at it” in the pool, churning through the “ks” in the warm downs, not wanting to lose any pool fitness with her sights set ion the up-coming stillwater season and next month’s Queensland Championships.
Northcliffe’s “Kiwi connection” have drawn first blood for the defending champions on day one of the men’s Pool Rescue competition.
Black Fins captain Steve Kent has bounced back after New Zealand’s tight loss to Australia in the National Teams, to spearhead a depleted but determined Northcliffe team who are missing captains Shannon Eckstein and Harriet Brown as well as Luke Cuff.
Kent, whose cousin, Northcliffe coach Kevin Morrison recruited him for the inter-club duties, opened proceedings with a powerhouse display to win the opening event of the night, the 200m Obstacles.
He swam away from the field to win in a classy time of 1:55.54 ahead of Poland’s Pawel Werner (1:56.11) with Currumbin pair, Japanese recruit Suguru Ando (1:56.78) third and Australian team member Jake Smith (1:58.03) fourth – ensuring good points for the Vikings.
Kent then joined fellow Black Fin Chris Dawson, Polish recruit Jeremy Badre and Stefan Demopoulos to win the 4x50m Obstacles Relay in 1:38.65 with a solid final 50m from Demopoulos.
Northcliffe clocked 1:38.65 to beat Insport Rane Rosse (Italy) 1.39.21 with Wroclaw (Poland) third in 1:39.88, a touch ahead of the Currumbin Vikings in 1:39.95.
Kent said he was thrilled to get a call up from Morrison and to be part of the Northcliffe team and what has developed into a “league of nations”
“It was good to have a day off after the (intense) National Team week and reset but it’s cool to be part of a group with different nationalities and with all the energy it brings but it’s a bit more relaxed and fun as well,” said Kent.
“The National Teams was a great challenge and a great couple of days racing from our guys, with a lot of rookies, who really lifted.
“We put everything out there to bring it back after a pretty challenging first day on the beach after the Aussies strong finish to the pool and good start in the ocean but we brought it back on the second day and that was empowering, especially from the younger guys, inspired by their efforts”.
While the Open’s were locked indoors at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, the Youth teams were doing battle at Glenelg beach, with Sunshine Coast clubs amongst the medals in the Youth events in the ocean at Glenelg with Maroochydore winning the men’s Rescue Tube Rescue from Currumbin and Kurrawa and taking silver to Northcliffe with Newport third un the women’s event.
Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland then scored the quinella in the women’s board rescue with North Bondi taking bronze, while Maroochydore were also third in the men’s beach relay.
Gold Coast club, Currumbin’s star pair Ky Kinsella and Sam Frost won gold in the board rescue ahead of Rest Bay Lifeguard Club (UK) and Newport – another success for Kinsella who won the Oceanman and board rescue for Australia.
Northcliffe added further gold in the women’s rescue Tube Rescue from Maroochydore and Newport will Kurrawa landed gold in the women’s beach relay from SA clubs Seacliff and West Beach and the men collected silver behind Grange SA and Maroochydore.