Symonds takes Aussies record with fifth beach sprint title
Western Australia’s Jackson Symonds of Sorrento SLSC has broken the Aussies record after claiming his fifth Open Beach Sprint title.
“Good to get the win, a great race with some really good guys coming through,” Symonds said.
“(There were) a lot of first time guys in the finals and it was good to see the depth of the sprinting coming through. It keeps me on my toes and keeps me trying to string some more wins together hopefully in the future.”
Symonds got off to a flying start and it quickly became a four-person race between Kieran Gordon (Currumbin) Sam Mispelhor (Kurrawa) and Michael Hanna (Elouera).
Symonds had Gordon to his left which assisted both runners to break free from the group.
“We both pushed through and I think having him next to me really benefited me.
“Young Sammie was really flying down the end there along with Hanna.”
The proud Western Australian has also taken on leadership role with his club.
“It is pretty special to Sorrento as we have a pretty good beach squad and really pride ourselves on results. We had four-five people in finals and I get to give back for the next generation.”
Golden form delivers long awaited win for masters
Local athlete Bree Masters (Kurrawa) won the Open female beach sprint, grabbing her first gold medal after 11 attempts.
“I’ve come second, third multiple times but to go that one spot better is truly amazing,” Masters said.
While she came into the Aussies with confidence, having won Queensland Open Female Beach Sprint title, she knew it was a whole different level come the nationals.
“Everyone had an amazing start, I had Elizabeth Forsyth (Currumbin) pushing be down the whole way but in the end I kicked into a new gear and came home strong.”
Masters then anchored the Kurrawa team to victory in the open relay final and set the tone for Kurrawa who dominated the beach events.
Gold Coast rivals Kurrawa and Currumbin battled it out in the medal tally in the beach relays, both picking up four medals in the open divisions. It was gold for Kurrawa in the open female beach relay finishing ahead of Currumbin and Cronulla who finished second and third respectively.
In the open men’s beach relay Currumbin got their redemption taking the gold ahead of Kurrawa and Wanda.
New South Wales athletes won the U17 and U19 men’s beach sprint events, with Sam Zustovich (Mollymook) and Jamee Smith (Wanda) winning the respective finals.
Briana Irving (Currumbin) and Taylor Sticker (Kurrawa) ran home winners in the U17 and U19 female beach sprint finals.
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