Bate Bay clubs enjoy success at 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Championships

Elouera's Chris King dives into the pool at the 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Championships at Ryde. Picture: Stephen Chu
Elouera's Chris King dives into the pool at the 2017 NSW Pool Rescue Championships at Ryde. Picture: Stephen Chu

Bate Bay duo Wanda and Elouera finished second and third respectively in the open division of the NSW Pool Rescue Championships last weekend.

Redhead won the open title with almost 350 athletes competing for the 152 medals on offer throughout the two-day competition at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre.

There were three separate division winners in the overall point score, with Terrigal dominating the youth division (under-12s to 15s) to finish ahead of local rivals Umina and Bulli. Bondi proved too strong for Terrigal and Umina in the Masters division.

North Cronulla's Ethan Garland in action. Picture: Stephen Chu

North Cronulla's Ethan Garland in action. Picture: Stephen Chu

Cronulla finished fifth in the open division while Wanda finished fourth in the youth division.

Wanda’s Nathan Clarke won five gold and two bronze medals while clubmates Brittany Stoker (two gold, three silver, three bronze) and Blake McCrindle (one gold, two silver, three bronze) also had a successful weekend.

There was also success for Wanda youth competitors Henri Carrera (one gold, two silver) and Riley Dixon (three gold, one silver, two bronze).

Medal winners: Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club quartet Kiera Warn, Mia Atkinson, Rachel Sothern and Annalise Bell. Picture: Supplied

Medal winners: Wanda Surf Lifesaving Club quartet Kiera Warn, Mia Atkinson, Rachel Sothern and Annalise Bell. Picture: Supplied

NSW Surf Sports Event Coordinator Luke Stigter said it was an impressive weekend of racing.

“I would like to congratulate all the competitors and officials who ensured that it was a fantastic weekend of competition conducted in the right spirit,” he said.

“It was fantastic to see everyone from our youngest athletes right through to Masters getting in and having a go especially in the team events and I think it’s safe to say the future of the sport is in good hands.”

The state championships were also the final chance for athletes from the 36 NSW clubs to fine-tune ahead of the Australian titles to be held in South Australia in August.