Surfers ready for state championships

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The 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships supported by ClubsNSW comes to a close this weekend with the Masters Championships at Ocean Beach-Umina.

More than 1200 athletes from 94 different surf clubs from across the state will form a diverse field for the Masters with competitors coming from a wide background of skill sets and ages including some competitors who are aged over 70 years old.

Over two big days, competitors will race in a range of different disciplines including ski and board paddling, swim, beach sprints, beach flags and the marquee Ironperson event.

Local legend and multiple World, National and NSW Masters Ironman Champion Paul Lemmon (Terrigal) will lead a strong local contingent this year with Corey Myers (Avoca), Janine Higgins (The Lakes) and Sue Projceski (Toowoon Bay) other strong local medal favourites.

In a positive sign for Surf Sports on the Central Coast; Terrigal, Avoca, Umina, Ocean Beach and North Avoca SLSCs are all fielding large and strong teams in the Masters.

In the state’s north, Alan Schafer (Yamba), is another multiple NSW Champion while Noelene Young (Blackhead) and Kim Winter (Forster) will be a chance to medal.

Hunter athlete Matthew Kent (Redhead) will be looking to back up his 30-35 Ironman and Board Race gold medals from 2013 with another big performance while Alan Boyce (Redhead) and Lee Howes (Newcastle) are another two to watch from the Hunter.

Female Masters athletes from Sydney’s Northern Beaches are some of the best in the country with the region yet again set to produce a number of strong medal chances.

Jennifer Spencer (Warriewood), Michelle Sursok (Queenscliff), Robyn Hill (Collaroy), Christie Krenkels (Manly), Kylie Stewart (Queenscliff) and Robyn Henderson (Queenscliff) are all NSW Champions looking to repeat in 2014.

70 year old Cyril Baldock (Bondi) will attempt to be the oldest person to swim the English Channel later this year but will first compete in the NSW Championships as part of his preparation.

Further south, Valoria Crick (Woonona) has been unstoppable on the sand in the past taking out the Beach Sprint, Flags and medalling in the 2km run in 2013. Joanne Helson (Shellharbour) is another NSW Ironwoman Champion looking to hold onto her title in the 55-59yr age bracket this weekend.

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