WANDA SLSC SECOND AT STATE TITLES
Wanda SLSC has finished second at the NSW Surf Life Saving titles held at Swansea SLSC over the weekend.
Wanda claimed second place on 359 points, behind first-place Newport SLSC. Elouera SLSC (245 points), Manly SLSC (245 points) and North Bondi (240 points) rounded out the top five clubs in NSW.
“It’s one of our best ever results, we don’t recall getting over 300 points before,” said Mark Sargeant, Wanda SLSC President.
“It’s a reflection on great club spirit, along with incredibly hardworking coaches, team management and an army of volunteers.
“But the real credit lies with our competitors, whose dedication, training and commitment really paid off,’ said Mr Sargaent.
Wanda improved considerably on last year’s 3rd place result, gaining 138 more points. It also closed the gap on Newport, who scored 553 in 2018, and 525 to win this year.
The result builds on Wanda’s 7th place finish at the State Age titles the previous weekend, and good performances at the Masters titles earlier this week.
“All age groups and all disciplines contributed to the success, which is the most pleasing part,” said Mr Sargeant.
“It’s impossible to single out highlights, as there were many outstanding performances. That’s what made the 2019 State titles such a great year for us.
“The strength of our teams in the water was unbelievable. We medalled in water event after water event, including swim races, board relays, taplins, ski races, board rescue and ironpersons.
“Our 2km beach runners, beach flaggers and beach sprinters picked up a raft of medals and placings. And our boat crews, March Past and R&R teams all performed well, to contribute to a sensational team effort across the beach,” said Mr Sargeant.
The NSW Surf Life Saving Titles attracts thousands of competitors from across the NSW, in Nipper, Masters and Open titles. A wide range of events are contested including surf swim, board, ironperson, ski, beach run, sprints and flags, surf boats, R&R, March Past.
Unlike the Age Championships the week before, near flat surf conditions over the three day Open Championships meant water events were hard fought battles of fitness and endurance.
Wanda SLSC will now prepare for the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles, to be held on the Gold Coast, at the end of March.
OPENS MEDAL TALLY
GOLD – 13
SILVER – 24
BRONZE – 15
Wanda’s Masters finished with a total of 26 medals, placing 8th with 156 points.
MASTERS MEDAL TALLY
GOLD – 9
SILVER – 11
BRONZE – 6
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