We now have a chance to catch our breath and have a look at the achievements of our competitors over 3 days of State titles. There were many fantastic results with competition starting in Champ Lifesaver. Sean McKenzie won Gold in open men with Nic Schulz getting Silver. Nick also got Gold in the U19 men. Zac Buck got Silver in the U15 men.
On day 1 Luke Zille finished with Silver in the Belt race. The duo of Nic Schulz and Danny Humphrey managed to grab Silver in Board rescue. In R&R our girls showed how it is done with Mykenzie Low and Emma Weir taking Silver and our open 5 person women made up of Ash Reeves, Celeste McGregor, Paige Purdie, Leah Mahney and April O”toole grabbing hold of the Gold. Nic Schulz, Danny Humphrey and Luke Zille got Silver in the U19s men’s Taplin
Day 2 saw Nick Hansen getting his hands on a Silver medal in the in the U14 mens sprint. In the water our U19 mens Surf team of Nic Schulz, Danny Humphrey, Luke Zille and Cooper Lienert performed strongly to get the Bronze medal. In the U19 mens board race Nic Schulz came across the line in the Bronze position. Nic and Danny teamed up in the double ski to paddle strongly to and grab a Silver medal.
Day 3 saw Sean McKenzie take Bronze in the Over 24 restricted surf race. Luke Zille followed up Seans efforts with a Bronze in the U19 men’s surf race. Nic Schulz in U19 Iron and Connor Tunbridge in U15 Iron both exceeded their expectations with phenomenal performances demonstrating that hard work really can pay off both getting Gold.
In the Masters we had some great results from our only 3 woman masters competitors. Katie Newman grabbed Bronze in the beach sprint with Donna Giannetta getting Silver in both Iron and Surf swim. Katie and Donna Teamed up with Tina Williams in the Surf team swim to get Bronze. Our 160 men’s surfboat crew got Silver with 4 state championships completed over 4 years and 4 medals, its a great effort by the boys.
We had many other great performances over the State titles which don’t go unnoticed.
After it was all said and done the masters group came away with 44 points and 12th position. Our Senior group attracted 116 points finishing a credible 8th in the state.
I would like to thank the many who have assisted me over the competition season. Without your help and you know who you are we simply would not be able to get the team to the beach and compete at such a high level. Thank you all.
Craig Lienert, Senior competition officer 2016/17 season.