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Yamba surf lifesavers produce the goods against big clubs

YAMBA Surf Club took 15 gold medals, three silver and three bronze at the NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks last weekend.

The club was ranked 12th out of 23 clubs in a sensational result for one of the smallest clubs.The Yamba team of 15 nippers and 18 seniors, aged from under-8 to over 50 years, competed in the full program of beach, water, board, ski and boat events.

The event drew more than 1200 competitors and 4000 spectators

Yamba SLSC nipper gold medallists were Molly Imeson, U8 beach sprint; Kalani Ives, U8 beach flags; Malik Elabbasi, U8 wade; Malik Elabbasi, Kalani Ives, Gus and Sienna Gilbert, U8 wade relay; Malik Elabbasi, Kalani Ives, Gus Gilbert and Molly Imeson U8 beach relay; and Hayley Fischer, U9 flags and beach sprint.

Senior gold medallists were Darby Fahey, U19 beach sprint; Marc Adamson, Andrew Bell, Sam Kapeen, Michael Foulds, Rod McSkimming (sweep), U23 boat race; Joe Dougherty 30-39 years surf race, board race and ironman; Peter Rheinberger 50-59 surf race and board riding and Joe Dougherty and Peter Rheinberger, 30 years and over board rescue.

Silver medallists were Kalani Ives, U8 beach sprint; Darby Fahey, open beach sprint; and Peter Rheinberger, 50-59 rescue tube race.

Bronze medals went to Malik Elabbasi, U8 beach sprint; Jorden Elabbasi, U11 surf race; and

Peter Rheinberger, 50-59 board race.


Club competition director Jim Dougherty congratulated all the medal winners and all other competitors.

"Some strong training in recent weeks has seen great improvement in our competitors.

"Thanks also to those Yamba members who acted as officials and water safety personnel over the weekend, without their help these carnivals would not be possible," Dougherty said.


Yamba members Hugh Dougherty and Alyce Bennett were also competing on Saturday in the second round of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain ironman series at Newcastle Beach.

Both reached the final six in the five-race eliminator format and both were very unlucky to miss out on a podium finish, and perhaps a win.

Both were in second place and only 50m from the beach only to be overtaken. Hugh finished fifth and is now in seventh place and Alyce was sixth for equal fifth overall going into round three at Portsea on Sunday, January 27.

Further rounds are on February 9 (Gold Coast), February 17 (Coolum) and February 24 (Noosa) with all rounds televised live on the Channel 10 network.

Back on Main Beach Yamba on Sunday there were 25 starters in the Carl Schaeffer memorial handicap surf race with a win to William Brighton (off 10 seconds) from Meg Bindon (30 secs) and Chris Dougherty (50 secs).

Handicapper Belinda Sanders said it was a fantastic swim by Meg who has not been in the handicap book since changing her name from Dougherty and was joined in the swim by husband Jim and children Lucy and Charlie.

An earlier Carl Schaeffer swim saw a win James Gonda (off 100 seconds) from Charlie Bindon (60 secs) and Caitlin O'Mahony (70 secs) in a field of 41 starters.

The Yamba SLSC nippers return to the beach on Sunday February 3 with the final 2012/13 season activity day and club presentation on March 10.

Other coming nipper events are the Far North Coast branch championships at Fingal Saturday and Sunday February 2-3, Yamba junior club championships Sunday, February 17 and the NSW state nipper championships at Umina Beach on Friday to Sunday March 1-3.

Coming senior carnivals are the FNC branch titles at Fingal on Saturday February 10, Brunswick masters Saturday February 16, NSW titles at Umina Friday to Sunday March 8-10 and the Australian titles at North Kirra/Tugun Monday to Sunday, April 15-21.

Senior memberships and renewals are still open online at at the surf club office on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9am till noon or at Elders Real Estate in Coldstream St during business hours.

All club information, including membership forms and training programs, is available on the web site

The weekly Yamba SLSC raffles at the Golf Club with 33 terrific meat trays this Saturday. Allan and Jane Lawrence, Alan Schofield and Ken Ryan selling tickets from 5.30pm with the draw from 6.30pm.

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