MOLLYMOOK SLSC has once again proven why they are one of the top clubs in the world, after claiming three medals at the weekend’s Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide.
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The team opened their medal accounts on Friday, by claiming silver in both the male 200 years plus and 260 years plus divisions.
The male 200 years plus team, known as ‘Gus’ 200’s’ featured Kevin Whitford, Russell Bartlett, Paul Newman, Craig Matthews and Gus Brook as sweep, while the ‘Mollymook Engine Room’ (male 260 years plus) included Lenny Bolin, Rod Austin, Noel Butler (replaced by Rus Bartlett), Chris Lowe, and sweep Barry Page.
While these two medals are an amazing accomplishment, the performance by the ‘Mookie Rookies’ in the women’s under 19s division on Saturday was nothing short of incredible – seeing them storm home to claim bronze, behind Dicky Beach and St Kilda.
"The girls didn't come with high expectations but to see how they would fare against the best crews,” sweep Marty Drsydale said.
“In the three earlier rounds, they got better and better – finishing third, then second before claiming first in the third heat.
“In the semi-final, they came from behind to claim second position, booking their spot in the final.
“In the decider, they turned the back cans in about fifth position and they were still only fourth (just behind New Zealand) at the gate can on the way home.
“But pure guts and determination is the only way you could describe their final effort, storming home to claim an amazing bronze medal.”
The Mookies Rookies, who juggled school exams with morning and afternoon training sessions in the lead up, were one of the youngest teams at Glenelg, featuring Kyla Wall, Chloe Scott, Mia Garin and Eliza Green, with Marty Drysdale as sweep.
“We never thought we could push our bodies as hard as we did – we are so stoked and proud of our efforts and can’t wait for more,” the four girls said.
“We are so lucky to have Marty as our sweep, we definitely couldn’t of done it without him and are so grateful for all his time and effort.
“It was so close – we had to wait a while for the final results to come through but when they did, we all screamed with delight.”
During the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships, more than 5,000 athletes will hit the sand and surf, from 44 different countries, highlighting the enormity of Mollymook’s achievement.
“I’m very proud of the whole Mollymook contingent,” Mollymook SLSC president Rod Austin said.
“All competitors had thoroughly prepared themselves for these championships and they performed to the best of their ability.
“On Friday, two crews won silver – namely the male 260 years plus and male 200 years plus crews while the male 160 years plus crew and ladies 200 years plus crews each did a marvellous job.
“Then on Saturday, the unexpected, our teenagers through sheer determination came from behind to claim bronze in the very competitive female under 19s boat race, after three rounds, a semi-final and then the final all on the one day.”
Mollymook’s dominance of the competition appears set to continue, with Sam Zustovich and Kate Lewis both big medal chances in their respective beach flags and sprint events later this week.
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