Local lifesavers third at Country
LENNOX Head-Alstonville Surf Life Saving Club finished third at the NSW Country Surf Life Saving championships held at South West rocks this week.
Byron Bay were the winners on 807 points, followed by Warilla-Barrack Point on 575, with Lennox Head-Alstonville on 459.
Lennox Head-Alstonville head coach Lou Wilson, who also trains competitors from Byron Bay, said the overall standard of competition had been fantastic.
“A lot of guys raced non-stop all weekend and went in just about every event they could,” Wilson said.
“As the swell and rip conditions got worse, everyone kept digging in. It was a big effort.”
Wilson said many of the competitors had put themselves in a good position to perform well in the NSW and Australian championships in coming months.
“Guys like Hayden Thomas and Nathan Gray (Lennox Head) are up there with the best in northern NSW and will match it with the best at State,” he said.
“Ellie Leaver and Madison Bekerleg put in a big effort this weekend too; they are very well-placed for the bigger events.”
Both girls delivered strong performances, with Leaver taking out the open women’s single ski race and Bekerleg winning the open women’s surfboard race.
Ainslie Bakker also represented Lennox well with a win in the Under-15 2km beach run.
Jacob McGoldrick achieved his goal of winning a country title when he took out the Under-15 board race.
“It’s great to see athletes pushing themselves through the competition for the full three days,” Wilson said.
“To see Nippers and seniors going just as hard late on Sunday afternoon as they were early on Saturday morning is very pleasing.
“As a coach you can’t ask for more than that.”
The NSW Championships will be held at Kingscliff in March and the Australian Championships at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast from April 2 to 10.