Successful weekend at pool rescue championships
It was a successful weekend for Umina lifesavers who competed at the 2018 NSW Surf Life Saving Pool Rescue Champions at the Peninsula Leisure Centre Woy Woy, from July 14 to 15.
The competition pitted the club against neighbouring club Terrigal and a range of clubs from greater NSW and, for the first time, clubs from Queensland and Victoria.
Over 400 athletes competed for the 165 medals on offer throughout the two-day competition.
In the Masters, Umina were neck and neck with Bondi for much of the competition until the Sydney club managed to break away from the locals in later events.
Umina ended up taking second in the Masters with a final point score of 101, just behind Bondi's 143 points.
Even though they had to settle for second in the Masters, nothing could hold back Umina in the Open Division.
They dominated the competition and stormed home as the undisputed winners with a final point score of 295, more than 100 points ahead of second place Shelly Beach (151 points).
Umina's Kayla Holmes starred in the Under 17's, swimming her way to the weekend's most outstanding performance with a personal haul of 14 medals, including 12 gold.
Rachel Wood took out 13 medals, including 11 gold, across the Under 19s and Open Division.
Teammate Jemma Smith also had another strong performance in her first major event since starring at The Aussies in Perth last April, swimming to six gold and a bronze medal.
Umina's male contingent proved to be multiple medallists which helped the club to their overall victory.
Blake Hassell dominated the Under 15's, recording a personal haul of 10 medals, including five gold, while Lachlan Braddish finished his campaign with eight medals.
Media release, Jul 17
Liam Hewitt, SLS NSW Media