Athletes from the Far South Coast made a solid impression at the 2014 Stramit NSW Country Championships held at Mollymook Beach from January 17-19.
Surf Life Saving competitors from Moruya, Broulee Surfers, Tathra, Batemans Bay, Pambula and Narooma showed their skills across a variety of disciplines both on the sand and in the water.
Batemans Bay SLSC dominated the Surf Boat area of competition taking out the 120 yrs minimum Female Surf Boat Race, Open Female Surf Boat, Open Male Surf Boat and the U19 Mixed Surf Boat.
Batemans Bay sweep of 20 years, Neil Innes, was extremely proud of all crews.
“We just love our rowing and even though we are a little club everyone does their bit from competition to our regular patrols.
“Batemans Bay has an elite crew of Surf Boat rowers so I expected them to do well at this local level of competition. We find it hard to travel the distance to Country Champs normally so it was lovely to have it in our local area and be able to participate and enjoy it,” said Mr Innes.
“The conditions were very tricky with a nasty shore dump and we had one young man who hasn’t rowed competitively much rowing with the Open Men for the first time and he did great. There are lots of juniors coming up through the ranks for rowing at Batemans Bay,” he added.
Tom Pritchard also of Batemans Bay SLSC showed off his skills on the sand secured Gold in the Open Male Beach Relay and Open Male Beach Sprint, Silver in the Open Male Beach Flags and Bronze in the 2KM Beach Run.
“It’s so good to have a major carnival so close to home and to be able to compete and then sleep in your own bed,” said Tom.
“I got disqualified at Interbranch in the flags which was very annoying but for someone as tall as me to secure Silver today – I am super stoked!” he added.
There were many notable Far South Coast performances with Broulee Surfers SLSC finishing in 10th in the Overall Pointscore with Moruya SLSC closely behind in 13th position.
Overall Pointscore (Top 20)
1 Byron Bay SLSC 882.52 Warilla Barrack Point SLSC 665.53 Cudgen Headland SLSC 5564 Shellharbour SLSC 4625 Coffs Harbour SLSC 2976 Tacking Point SLSC 2957 Sawtell SLSC Inc 2628 Port Macquarie SLSC 256.59 Mollymook SLSC 220.510 Broulee Surfers SLSC 14711 Wauchope Bonny Hills SLSC 13112 Lennox Head - Alstonville SLSC 11813 Moruya SLSC 9313 Nowra-Culburra SLSC 9314 South West Rocks SLSC 8315 Salt SLSC 7916 Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore SLSC 7817 Yamba SLSC Inc 7418 Batemans Bay SLSC 6219 Black Head SLSC Inc. 5920 Gerringong SLSC 54