Finn Askew earns silver

South West Rocks local Finn Askew won a silver medal at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships.

South West Rocks local Finn Askew won a silver medal at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships.

South West Rocks local Finn Askew flew the flag for the Mid North Coast Branch when he competed at the 2017 NSW Surf Life Saving Open Championships and he was the lone medalist from his Surf Life Saving Club.

The Tacking Point Surf Life Saving Club representative finished in second place for a silver medal in the U15 Male 2km Beach Run.

He battled strong winds and soft sand on the way to his successful finish.

Fellow Tacking Point lifesavers Paul and Jessica Rayner joined forces in the Open Mixed First Aid Competition finishing just outside the medals, with Max Milligan also picking up a fourth place in the U17 Male Swim.

Although it was a small contingent of competitors from across the Mid North Coast and Lower North Coast who make the trek to Lake Macquarie there are encouraging signs for the future of Surf Sport within the region.

Port Macquarie, Tacking Point, and South West Rocks all won medals during the Age Championships and there were strong competitor numbers from local clubs at this year’s Country Championships as well.

Meanwhile, Forster's U15 Female Beach Relay team proved to be one of the fastest in NSW making the final on alongside bigger Sydney clubs.

NSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pidgeon felt that despite a challenging start due to the conditions, the State Championships put an exclamation point on what has been another successful summer.

“I would like to congratulate everyone for what was an extremely successful Open Championships,” Mr Pidgeon said.

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