Avoca Surf Life Saving Club remains the only non-Sydney team among the top clubs following day two of the NSW Surf Life Saving Age Championships.
The Central Coast club is neck and neck with Manly LSC, Elouera SLSC and South Maroubra SLSC in the overall club point score following a huge day of competition at Ocean Beach/Umina.
Following tumultuous conditions, it was a pleasant change to be greeted with no wind, a smooth ocean and minimal rain with officials taking advantage and running a jam-packed program all day.
The Under 9 Female Board Relay was one of Avoca’s strong showings with both of the club’s teams finishing atop the podium in first and third. Incredibly Tilly Crocker, Summer Tancred and Mia Cracknell from the winning team and Jemma Casey, Madi Parker and Sinead Williams who finished third are all in the same class at Avoca Beach Primary School.
Manly pair of Andrew Newling and James Curl has melded into a formidable combination after four years racing and training together in Board Rescue. The U14 duo are once again NSW Champions after holding off Sydney rivals Elouera and Newport on a final dash to the finish line as all three teams rode the same wave.
“The adrenaline was pumping in those last seconds especially since Newport beat us in the same race at the Branch Championships,” said Andrew.
The pair won the same event in 2012 and finished second in 2011.
Super Saturday’s sprint series at Ocean Beach capped off a long day for athletes. Consecutive individual medal sprint races for under 9s were peeled off through to the closing all-age relay at 7pm when the atmosphere was electric.
Highlights from the sprints included Adam Newey’s gold medal for Helensburgh-Stanwell Park in the U14s. An emotional Newey is another of super coach Daniel Robberds protégés.
He was shocked to take the win given he wasn’t expecting to make the final and like every win by a HSP competitor at the carnival, his clubmates gathered around for hugs and high fives.
Cronulla’s Isabella Walker took the win from North Bondi in the U12s sprint. The defending champ’s focus on track and athletics has paid off, “all that extra training has given me extra fitness. That event was a blur, I couldn’t see anybody and I didn’t know I’d won.”
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