Lifesaving weekend kicks off 2014 state championships

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The 2014 State Championships supported by ClubsNSW got underway over the weekend with lifesavers from across the state competing in both the Champion Lifesaver and Patrol Competitions at Ocean Beach/Umina.

The Champion Lifesaver event is truly testing, with competitors having to complete a series of tests to determine the skills of being the best lifesaver including a surf race, board race, beach sprint, rescue tube race, resuscitation and a lifesaving questionnaire.

North Steyne’s Shannon Job came out on top in the Opens Male Champion Lifesaver ahead of Paul Jefferson (Coogee) and Nicholas Warby (Queenscliff) who finished second and third respectively.

“Really happy with the win and to see such a strong showing from North Steyne across the whole weekend goes to show how important an emphasis we place on this event. It’s great because it’s a real all-rounder event showcasing multiple aspects of lifesaving meaning training is varied covering the physical stuff as well as the practical skills of first aid helping you really improve all aspects of lifesaving,” said Shannon Job.

Coogee’s Amy Teale won the Open Female while Claire Freakley (Freshwater) and Alexandra McCulloch (North Bondi) were the other medal winners.

Host clubs, Ocean Beach and Umina, both featured heavily on the podium with Umina lifesavers Teigan Miller (U19 Female), Jemma Smith (U15 Female) and Christine Bishop (40+ Female) and Ocean Beach lifesaver Aaron Camp (30-39 Male) each collecting a gold medal ensuring Central Coast surf clubs have had the best possible start to the NSW Championships.

In the Open Patrol Competition Coogee Surf Life Saving Club emerged triumphant with a strong showing from Robert Illidge, Amy Teale, Mick Ormsby, Michail Papadopoulos, Georg von Jonquieres and Paul Jefferson.

North Steyne SLSC finished second while Ocean Beach finished a close third.

The aim of the patrol competition is to demonstrate how surf lifesavers work as a team in performing some or all skills associated with surf rescue patrol work. The competition includes a number of physical skills, practical and theory tasks involving racing, rescue and first aid situations.

The 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships supported by ClubsNSW has only just begun with three huge weekends of competition still to come. Over three days next weekend from February 28th- March 2nd 3500 U14s-U8s competitors will descend on Ocean Beach/Umina for the Age Championships.


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