Local surf clubs return from Aussies with medals
Umina and Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs have returned from surf life saving's national championships, the 2019 Aussies, among the Central Coast's most decorated clubs.
The event started on March 30 on Queensland's the Gold Coast and ran until April 7.
Umina sent several young competitors to contest the Youth carnival with Ebony Rayner, Bethwyn Caller and Matthew Kearney all making it through to the grand final of the Under-15 Champion Lifesaver events.
Bethwyn came away with the bronze in the grand final with Ebony placing ninth.
Matthew just missed out on a podium finish, placing fourth.
Bethwyn, along with Jack Sloane, also brought home Umina's first gold of the Aussies, taking out first place in the Under-15 Mixed First Aid event.
Maia Darwin and Erin Scahill finished with the bronze in the same event.
Ocean Beach did not field any members in the Youth division.
Jemma Smith opened the scoreboard for Umina in the Opens with a gold medal in the Open Female Champion Lifesaver.
Kirsten Miller backed this up with a silver in the Under 17 Female Champion Lifesaver.
A team of Jemma Smith, Mimosa Henderson, Bronte Smith and Rachel Wood earned Umina's second Opens gold when they took out the Open Female Rescue Tube Rescue.
Bailey Johns securing the Umina's third gold with a first place in the Under 19 Male Board Race.
Ocean Beach fielded several members in the Opens, but did not win medals.
Nicole Majask was Ocean Beach's top scoring competitor, making it all the way to the grand final of the Under 17 Female Beach Flags where she placed seventh.
In the Masters carnival, Umina again proved a force to be reckoned with, recording numerous grand final results and bringing home severa; medals.
The 170 Years Female Beach Relay team of Debra Braddish, Allison Tucker, Richelle Ingram and Katrina West brought home Umina's first Masters medal with a silver performance and this was quickly backed up by Jason Tucker who secured Umina's first gold of the carnival in the 45-49 Male 2km Beach Run.
Shelley Smith and Katrina West brought home Umina's first bronzes with back to back third place finishes in the 30-39 Female Champion Lifesaver and 35-39 Female 2km Beach Run respectively.
Kerry Armstrong-Smith brought home Umina's second gold of the carnival in the 40 Years and Over Female Champion Life Saver.
Richelle Ingram, Herbert Stringer, Leanne Stacey, Melissa Porter and Lyndi Leggett brought home a bronze in the 200 Years Female Surf Boat and Allison Tucker rounded out the total for Umina with a silver in the 40-44 Female Beach Flags.
Ocean Beach also won medals in the Masters with Darren Peters opening the scoreboard with a silver in the 55-59 Male Beach Sprint.
Lee-Anne Grosvenor took out the bronze in the 45-49 Female Beach Sprint and Marcus Kain backed this up with a bronze in the 40-44 Male Beach Sprint.
The team of Warren Peters, Phillip Tubby, Darren Peters and Marcus Kain took out silver in the 200 Years Male Beach Relay before the team of Darren Shaw, Shane Oakes, James White and Andrew Fortis earned Ocean Beach's first gold of the carnival in the 170 Years Male Beach Relay.
Phillip Tubby ended Ocean Beach's run with a gold in the 55-59 Male Beach Flags.
Website, 23 Apr 2019
2019 Aussies results, SLS Australia