South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club (SWRSLSC) recently returned from the 2020 Surf Life Saving NSW Envirobank Country Championships as the only club from the Macleay who won medals.
SWRSLSC Director of Marketing and Communications, Grahame Ball, is adamant that winning even one medal at the event is a huge feat.
"Winning anything at the country championships is a big deal, there is always a very strong field of competitors," he told the Argus.
"There were over 1300 competing from 36 different clubs, and many are state champions or good all-around athletes."
Seven from South West Rocks competed in tough conditions at Kingscliff, and between them, they came away with two gold, one silver and two bronze.
"We go to the country championships every year, and generally our competitors go pretty well," Ball said.
"This year, we had a smaller crew than usual, but everyone still achieved great results.
"There was a strong performance by our Nippers crew, James Gaddes, Jack Ball and Sophie Smailes, who all performed well throughout the carnival.
"We also sent away Rod McDonagh Craig Schweirt, and Rebecca Mitchell as officials."
- Gold in the 50-59 flags
- Gold in the 50-59 2km run
- Silver in the 50-59 beach sprint
- 5th in the 50-59 tube rescue
- Bronze in the 30-39 swim
- Bronze in the 30-39 tube rescue
- 4th in the 30-39 beach flags
- Water safety
- 6th in the 40-49 beach flags
- Water safety
- 6th in the beach run
This weekend the South West Rocks Surf Club hopes to do it all again at the Branch Championships where they will once again compete against a big field of talent.
"At this stage, it will depend on the weather, but the club hopes to head to the Branch Championships this weekend and see more great results from our Nippers and Masters," Ball said.
If the Branch Championships are postponed due to weather the backup date is set for Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23.
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