The stage is set for the 2013 Allphones NSW Surf Life Saving Championships as the state’s best surf athletes descend on Ocean Beach–Umina from Friday 1 March.
More than 8000 individual competitors will arrive on the Central Coast to test their skills and fight it out for glory in the water and on the beach.
The Allphones NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships will commence with the junior competition at Ocean Beach-Umina from 1- 3 March while their older counterparts will take centre stage from 6-10 March.
Manly Life Saving Club, winner of last year’s Age Championships is fielding a strong team of competitors in the hope they can achieve back to back wins. Remi Krenkels who dominated the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships is in fine form heading in to the competition. Remi convincingly took out the U14 surf race, board event and ironperson. James Curll who participated in the 2012 Talented Athlete Program will also be one to watch in the U13 events. James secured first in the U13 surf race and ironperson at the Branch Championships as well as a third in the board race.
The Central Coast is confident they will have a strong start in the competition with talented nippers Beau Jefferies and Jemma Smith. Beau from Avoca Beach SLSC is the leading U14 competitor on the Central Coast after taking out the local Ironperson Series. Beau was awarded the SLSCC Branch Junior Lifesaver of the Year and is hoping to spearhead his club towards their first State win in the overall pointscore.
Jemma Smith from Umina SLSC is the host club’s biggest chance and is excited to do her club proud on home soil. Jemma is undefeated in the board race event at all Central Coast carnivals this season and took out all three individual U14 events at the Central Coast Branch Championships.
Wanda SLSC will be looking to prove they are a force to be reckoned with, sending away their biggest team ever of 160 nippers. Following on from results at Kingscliff in 2012 and the Sydney Branch Championships last week, Wanda are hoping for some great results in the NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships. Ones to watch are pocket rocket Tilly Handforth in the U9 girl’s flags event, Henri Carerra and the U9 boys surf team and Tyler Nott in the U13 male board race.