Skipperoos get taste for success
By PETER HICKEY
The Yamba Skipperoos have performed with great distinction at last weekends Australian Titles held at Coffs Harbour.
Yamba entered two teams in the 12 to 14 division and the under 8 division, plus all skippers in their respective individual events.
The 12 to 14-years team consisting of Elly Palmer, Elly Beamer, Rheannon Hickey, Carly Roder and Zoe Boothby performed well to win two second places behind the No.1 Cleveland team in the eight-event teams competition.
Yamba were hoping to push the top Cleveland team in this competition and at the half way mark in the speed events both teams were very close together.
Unfortunately in the four-event freestyle part of the competition Yamba made too many errors and were unable to catch Cleveland.
Despite this the two second places were outstanding achievements in the teams events.
The 12 to 14 team also placed a very good second in the two-minute routine event.
The Under-8 team of Samantha Woolridge, Hayley Dicks, Kimberly Bush, Caitlin O'Mahony and Tayla Reynolds gained a third place in the team speed event.
In the individual events Samantha Woolridge skipped very well with a top 3 position in speed and 8th place overall out of 22 skippers.
Tom Woods was outstanding in the 10 to 11 boys winning all his events with some great scores to be named Australian individual champion.
Elly Beamer gained 9th place in 3 minute speed with agreat score of 360 out of 29 skippers.
Elly Palmer gained 7th place in freestyle and Carly Roder and Rheannon Hickey 6th and 5th in triples. Sarah Mckenzie gained 6th place in 30 second speed.
The 12 to 14 team were also estactic to learn they had qualified to represent Australia in next years world titles in Canada.
This is a fantastic achievement for a very dedicated and talented team of skippers.
The team is currently looking for skippers in the 6 to 7 and 8 to 10 age group who are reasonably athletic and willing to learn skipping.
Skipping requires a 12-month dedication as it is a sport which continues for the whole year.
If you are interested contact Peter Hickey on 66458311ah.