Triple the fun for local Nippers
TOP-10 finishes and other terrific results were achieved by Ethan Foster, Lyteeka Currie and Liam Foster, representing Yamba SLSC, at the NSW age championships at Swansea Belmont, near Newcastle, last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Ethan was fifth, just missing a medal, in the under-8 wade, Lyteeka seventh in the final of the under-9 swim and Liam 10th in the under-10 beach sprint.
Ethan won through 11 eliminations and lost out in the semi-final in a run-off for 15th in the flags and made the quarter finals, missing the semi by one placing, for 22nd out of 243 competitors in the beach sprint.
He was the best country performer being the last one standing in two of the three events.
Lyteeka missed the boards due to scheduling but equalled Ethan’s effort in the beach sprint with a quarter-final berth and missing the semi-final by just one place.
She also reached the semi-final in the flags and also lost in a run-off finishing a creditable 18th out of 241 starters..
Liam’s efforts were outstanding as he was sick throughout the carnival with a stomach virus but a change in his sprinting style reaped results to be the last country competitor in the beach sprint.
He made the quarter finals in the board with two outstanding efforts and was comfortably in fourth position coming into the beach to qualify for the semi finals but was on the wrong end of a nasty shore-break, lost his board and dropped back to ninth to miss going through by one place.
Former Yamba nipper Hugh Dougherty, now with the Tugun club on the Gold Coast, was second in the Kellogs Nutri Grain Iron Man Series following a tremendous race with the winner Shannon Eckstein at North Cronulla on Sunday.
The three-race eliminator format reduced the field from 20 to 15 and then 10 for the final, which offered double points and produced a narrow victory and an overall fifth consecutive win for Shannon.
However he was pushed all the way in the final by Hugh who just fell short of a well-deserved victory after a gut busting beach sprint to the line.
Another Yamba nipper Alyce Bennett, now with North Burleigh, was 14th overall in the women’s series.
The final was telecast live on the Seven Network with a delayed broadcast on Fox Sport 1 on Thursday, February 25 from 3.30-5.30pm.
The new YSLSC surf boat, picked up from the Gold Coast builder last week, has a naming sponsor in the National Australia Bank Yamba following a draw at a sponsors function attended nearly 100 guests at the Main Beach club house on Friday.
The boat will be christened/launched by NAB Yamba manager Rebekah Teni on Main Beach this Sunday at 11.30am
Chris Outteridge, off 120 seconds, won the Carl Schaeffer memorial handicap surf race on Sunday from Zac Robison (160secs) and Peter Rheinberger (160secs) in a decent swell from a field of 13 starters.
Visitors are welcome to compete in our Sunday swim and board races by reporting to the handicapper Belinda Sanders on the surf club steps at 11am prior to the races starting from 11.30am.
The Yamba nippers had a twilight completion and activities twilight afternoon in a big well, followed by a BBQ, at Main Beach on Saturday afternoon but will be back to normal this Sunday from 9.30am.
The Yamba SLSC “boilers” womens boat crew will compete in the open and masters and the “chickettes” in the womens under 23 at the NSW senior state titles at Swansea Belmont this Thursday to Sunday February 25-28.
The boaties are also in overall 3rd position with the men masters and reserve crews both 2nd and the women’s “boilers” and “chickettes” crews well placed leading into the final of the North Coast boat series at Woolgoolga on March 13.
Contact Phil Kelly on 0417 263 834.