State Team Wrap (Ocean/Beach)

Our very own mem­bers of the West­ern Suns Open (Soraya Lee) and Devel­op­ment (Aaron Gigney, Har­ri­et Brown, Neve Macleod) State Teams did Mul­laloo proud in New South Wales over the Aus­tralia Day long week­end. Well done guys and girls!!

The results below will show how excit­ing it is to com­pete for your state and also rep­re­sent your club on a nation­al lev­el, but I’m sure all four ath­letes will agree that the time spent mak­ing friends with oth­er life savers and com­peti­tors from around our state and around the coun­try make it an achieve­ment with so many mem­o­ries on oth­er lev­els too.

Thursday 24 January – Newport

The Thurs­day saw Soraya Lee com­pete in the Inter­states event held at New­port Beach, where the WA team came away with a Bronze – com­ing third behind pow­er­hous­es NSW and Queens­land.

Although a very tight third over Vic­to­ria, it is even more cred­i­ble since WA did not draft ath­letes or even use home­grown ath­letes who now train and com­pete over east. Choos­ing to include our own ath­letes liv­ing here instead. Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia both decid­ed to draft ath­letes from Qld and NSW in order to try to improve their stand­ing, but alas they were no match for our own WA guns.

Saturday 26 January – Manly

The Open team were then joined by the devel­op­ment team ath­letes in the Man­ly car­ni­val where strong per­for­mances in tricky surf were real­ly excit­ing to watch from our young ris­ing stars.

Soraya won the Under 19 Surf Race in a sprint fin­ish to the line and fol­lowed this up with a 6th in the U19 Female Ski race. Soraya then teamed with Under 17 Devel­op­ment Team ath­letes Neve Macleod and Har­ri­et Brown to score an excit­ing win in the Under 19 Taplin relay, beat­ing prob­a­bly much more favoured clubs such as Fresh­wa­ter and Red­head.

Har­ri­et and Neve had some great rac­ing in the Under 17 events, with Har­ri­et mak­ing it through heats and semis of the ski race and fin­ish­ing 3rd in the final.

Aaron Gigney showed the East­ern states how well our beach pro­gram is run­ning here at Mul­laloo with a fan­tas­tic 4th in the Under 17 Beach Sprint.

Sunday 27 January – Freshwater

Our young ath­letes then backed up on the Sun­day to com­pete at Fresh­wa­ter, with Soraya again doing well in the Under 19 surf race, com­ing 2nd and the Girls’ Taplin team although not win­ning this time, still fea­tur­ing in the points in 4th. Har­ri­et fin­ished the week­end with a 5th in the Under 17 ski race and Aaron with a 5th in the Sprint.

Next…

Our WA West­ern Suns Surf Boat Row­ing teams, U19 Female crew Neptune’s Daugh­ters and U19 Male crew Big Rigs are trav­el­ling to Elouera, NSW to com­pete at the Inter­states on 15 Feb­ru­ary and then fol­low­ing it up with 2 days of com­pe­ti­tion at the Aus­tralian Surf Row­ers League Open. We wish them good luck and safe trav­els.

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