NORTH Cronulla pocket rocket Alex Rampoldi, just 15 years of age, has emerged as the new force of flags racing by taking double gold at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships at Coolangatta.
The shy teenager made history twice on the same day – racing with her triplet sisters Leah and Emily on the way to winning the Under-17 championship, and then upstaging more experienced rivals to become the youngest winner of the Open title.
In the Open men’s final, Newport’s Blake Drysdale stepped up to take over the throne of retired flags king Simon Harris, ending a seven-year hunt for the Aussies gold medal.
It was a championship that saw two days of Youth competition and two days of Masters competition with 60 percent of the Open schedule run despite the disruption caused to water-based events, by extreme weather conditions causing poor water quality and visability.
And for the 14th time, Northcliffe has been crowned the Overall Champion club on 213 points from fellow Gold Coast club Currumbin (160) and Sunshine Coast champions Alexandra Headlands (122) followed by Sydney Northern Beaches powerhouse Newport (113).
Northcliffe proved just how strong they are across the board, dominating the early water-based events with strong performances in the open women’s board relay, the under 17 and Under 19 board relays and the Champion Lifesavers, picking up valuable points on the beach and the water in all age groups.