NSW Country Surf Life Saving champion Lyteeka Curry reflects on her efforts at Turners Beach, Yamba.
NSW Country Surf Life Saving champion Lyteeka Curry reflects on her efforts at Turners Beach, Yamba. Marsha Neville

Country rivals served hot Currie

SHE finds the thought of becoming an Australian champion ‘really scary’ but Yamba’s Lyteeka Currie can start dreaming after another impressive display at the NSW Surf Life Saving Titles last weekend.

The eight-year-old led her Yamba squad, who finished 15th in the overall standings, with three gold medals at the South West Rocks event.

Currie won the under-9 female beach sprint, surf race and board race to underline her growing reputation at the Yamba club.

The club was a regular in the state titles in the 1980s and 1990s but have been overtaken in recent years by the bigger surf clubs.

Currie’s efforts are the start of a new era which could return Yamba to the top of the life saving pile.

“I felt proud because I won,” she said.

“I thought I’d finish third because a girl overtook me.

“I was catching a wave and luckily the other girl didn’t so I went past her.”

Currie was the club’s only winner on the day although Ray O’Brien, Ethen Foster and the boat race and beach relay squads also finished in the medals.

After three years in the sport, Currie is still just having fun.

She trains every Sunday as well as fitting in board lessons.

“They are not real serious about it yet but it’s just fun,” mother Holly Laugher said.

“She doesn’t do much training but she just seems to pick it up really quickly.

“She’s not one of those kids that says they won – she doesn’t get too excited.

“Five minutes after winning she was off jumping off the rocks into the water and mucking around.”

A state swimmer and runner, Currie is described as a ‘natural’ at surf life saving – and most sports - by Yamba’s Nippers president Mel O’Mahony.

“She’s pretty outstanding at most things she does,” she said.

“She is so good at everything it depends on what she wanted to focus on. But she’s just a really good athlete.”

Yamba’s results

50-59 aged men`s surf race: Ray O’Brien (third)

50-59 aged male board race: Ray OBrien (third);

Female open surf boat race: Yamba (third)

Under-8 male beach flags: Ethen Foster (third)

Under-8 male wade: Ethen Foster (second)

Under-10 beach relay: Yamba (second)

Under-9 female beach sprint: Lyteeka Currie (first)

Under-9 female surf race: Lyteeka Currie (first)

Under-9 female board race: Lyteeka Currie (first)

Overall standings

1-Lennox Head-Alstonville

2-Byron Bay

3-Warilla-Barrack Point

15-Yamba



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