Umina places fifth in Australian pool rescue
Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club has placed fifth at the Australian Pool Rescue Championships held in Adelaide's South Australian Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
Following on from the NSW Pool Rescue Championships held at the Peninsula Leisure Centre just two weeks earlier, Umina's 12 representatives attended the three-day event, with every member winning a medal.
Umina's only junior competitor, Davara Marshall, opened the scoreboard for Umina in the Under 12's Female 100m Obstacle event.
She took out first place and was the first Central Coast athlete to medal at the Championships.
Umina's Masters competitors brought home the next lot of medals, with Kerry Armstrong taking out bronze in the Women 45-49 200 LC Metre Obstacle Race and Shelley Smith and Sky Marshall taking out gold and silver respectively in the Women 35-39 200 LC Metre Obstacle Race.
In the Opens, Blake Hessel and Lachlan Braddish took out third and fourth respectively in the Men 15-16 200 LC Metre Obstacle Race and, in the women's event, Kaylah Holmes placed fourth.
In the Women 17-18 200 LC Metre Obstacle Race, Rachel Wood took out first place, with Jemma Smith placing fourth.
In the team events, Umina placed third in the Women 30-99 4x50 LC Metre Obstacle Relay, first in the Women 15-18 Obstacle Relay, and second in the Women Open Obstacle Relay.
Umina's Masters team also placed second in the Women 40-49 2x12 LC Metre Line Throw Relay and took out first place in the 30-39 bracket of the same event.
Umina also took out fourth place in the Women 15-16 Line Throw and first place in the 17-18 bracket of the same event.
In the Women Open Line Throw Relay, Umina placed fifth.
Smith and Wood took out second and third respectively in the Women 17-18 100m Manikin Tow with fins.
The pair were beaten out by Avoca's Keeley Booth for the gold, highlighting the strong contingent of Central Coast based clubs at the event.
In the 15-16 Manikin Tow with Fins, Bronte Smith placed ninth and in the Men's 15-16 event, Hessel took out fourth, Braddish placed 10th and Brock Ray placed 12th.
In the Women 35-39 Manikin, Shelley Smith and Sky Marshall took out first and second respectively and in the 45-49 event Armstrong took out third.
In the Men 15-16 Super Lifesaver Opens, Hessel and Braddish took out third and fourth respectively, with Ray placing 15th and in the Women's event Holmes placed seventh and Bronte Smith 11th.
In the Women 17-18 Super Lifesaver, Rachel Wood and Jemma Smith took out first and second respectively.
In the Women 11 Year Olds 25 LC Metre Brick Carry, Davara Marshall again brought home gold for Umina with a first place finish.
Not to be out done by the youngsters, Kerry Armstrong, Shelley Smith and Sky Marshall continued their podium form in the Masters, with Armstrong taking out bronze in the Women 45-49 50 LC Metre Manikin Carry and Smith and Marshall again taking out first and second respectively in the 35-39 bracket and then mirroring this result again in the 100 LC Metre Manikin Carry.
In the Men 15-16 100 LC Metre Manikin Carry, Hessel placed third, with Braddish in fifth and in the Women's event Bronte Smith placed 14th.
In the Women 17-18 bracket, Rachel Wood and Jemma Smith placed second and third respectively.
In the Women 11 Year 50 LC Metre Swim with Fins Open, Davara Marshall placed fourth.
In the Men 15-16 50 LC Metre Swim with Fins Opens, Braddish placed fourth and Hessel placed fifth, with Holmes and Bronte Smith placing fourth and ninth in the Women's bracket.
In the Women 17-18 event, Jemma Smith placed second.
In the Men 15-16 100 LC Metre Rescue Medley Opens, Braddish placed first, Hessel took out third and Ray placed 10th.
In the Women's event, Holmes placed third.
In the Women 17-18 bracket, Jemma Smith placed fourth.
In the 15-16 50 LC Metre Manikin Carry, Hessel and Holmes both took out second place in their brackets and in the 17-18 bracket Wood brought home the gold, with Jemma Smith taking out fourth.
In the second lot of team events, Umina took out second place in the first heat of the Mixed 15-18 4x50 LC Metre Pool Lifesaver Relay Opens and then fifth place in the second heat.
The Women's 30-99 4x25 LC Metre Manikin 120 plus Relay team took out first place and the Women's 15-18 bracket team also brought home the gold.
Umina also placed second in the Women's Open of the 4x25 LC Metre Manikin Relay, second in the 4x50 Relay and fourth in the Open 4x50 Medley Relay.
The Masters team also placed second in the 4x50 LC Metre Medley 120 plus Relay.
Umina Surf Life Saving Club's executive officer, Mr Bill Cook, said the Club couldn't be prouder of its members.
"That's a wrap for our Aussie Pool Rescue campaign.
"With a small team of competitors we've again achieved excellence including a couple of Australian records.
"To finish 5th overall behind the pool powerhouses of Australian Lifesaving was outstanding.
Results, 9 Aug 2018
Social media, 8 Aug 2018
Bill Cook, Umina SLSC
Reporter: Dilon Luke