Juniors assemble for NSW ‘Surf Life Saving Championships’

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Over three thousand of the state’s finest junior surf sports stars are set to descend on Ocean Beach/Umina for the first major weekend of the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships supported by ClubsNSW.

With the completion of the Lifesaving weekend all eyes now turn to the Age, Opens and Masters Championships which are set to unfold over the next three weekends resulting in the biggest Surf Life Saving carnival in Australia.

While some of Australia’s most famous Ironmen and women may still be two weeks away, the spotlight turns well and truly onto the state’s youngsters for three huge days of competition from February 28th-March 2nd.

Young athletes from over 80 surf clubs hailing from the NSW/QLD border in the north to Pambula in the south have been preparing all season for these huge three days of competition.

Manly LSC will once again be looking to maintain their formidable record in the Age Championships with the club winning the overall point score for the last four years running.

While many of the club’s young stars are now competing in older divisions the production line of talent continues with young NSW multiple Gold medallist Naomi Scott. Some of Manly’s biggest Sydney rivals are bringing along NSW Champions such as Summer and Tiger Walker for Bronte and 12 year old Leo Nosatti of North Cronulla.

In the state’s north, a lot of younger athletes have recently had a prime opportunity to compete at the highest level at the 2014 Stramit Country Championships in Mollymook. A whole raft of young stars are coming off a fantastic showing at Country and will be looking to continue this momentum.

This includes Hayley Smith and Joshua Jones of Cudgen Headland and Kalani Ives (Yamba) who all won three individual Gold medals in Mollymook while Beau Carter (Byron) and Hayley Fischer (Coffs Harbour) were able to collect two apiece.

On the state’s Mid North Coast young Finn Askew (South West Rocks) and 11 year old Sarah Stewart (Wauchope Bonny Hills) have had a fantastic lead into State with dominant displays at Country while Ryan and Jessie Carroll (Tacking Point) will be competing in both the Age and Opens Weekends in a huge effort.

In the Hunter, Erin Pettit and Beau McGregor of Swansea Belmont SLSC are both NSW Champions at the tender age of nine while the Central Coast have a number of young champions such as Mimosa Henderson (Umina), Lachlan Braddish (Umina) and Macy Callaghan (Avoca).

Illawarra athletes are traditionally known for their beach skills and young champions Jayme Millard (Sandon Point) and Brock Scrivener (Helensburgh Stanwell Park) are keeping that tradition alive.

In the state’s south, powerhouse club Warilla Barrack Point are looking for a big result with a stack of Country Champions making the journey north to Ocean Beach/Umina including Taylah Allen, Kasey Ashburner and Matthew Sperring.

Gerringong beachie Stirling Norwood is after more medals after a big showing in Mollymook and Craig Price (Broulee) has been training hard since the Talented Athlete Program last October.

The 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships supported by ClubsNSW will run over four weekends from February 22nd- March 16th.

For full results, event timetable and program information check out the 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships Event Page.

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