Strauss up to the challenge

Flagged: Coledale's Davina Strauss finished with bronze in the open women's sprint and flags at the NSW championships. Picture: SLSNSW

Flagged: Coledale's Davina Strauss finished with bronze in the open women's sprint and flags at the NSW championships. Picture: SLSNSW

COLEDALE surf lifesaver Davina Strauss has proven there is longevity in a sport dominated by youth.

After blitzing the field at the NSW masters championships, Strauss claimed two bronze medals on the beach at the state titles.

Strauss said her performances in the open sprint and flag events showed older athletes could match it with talented youngsters.

“It was really great getting to compete with those youngsters as they certainly are quality athletes, but a key challenge is keeping them in the sport,” Strauss said. “I really hope they stay for at least the next few years as our numbers have gone down a bit.

“I just think it’s fantastic for NSW that so many of the younger girls are making it through to open finals.

“And I hope that I can continue be an example of how if you stay fit and healthy and love what you do, there’s no reason why you can’t have a long career on the sand.”

Meanwhile, Bulli made it four in a row in the open surf boats, with Ben Lowe, Heath Mercer, Dean Roberts and Fraser Worthington beating Queenscliff and Bateman’s Bay in the final.

Thirroul’s Jazmine Yew enhanced her reputation as a beach athlete, scorching her way across the sand to gold in the under 17 beach flags, silver in the sprint and sixth in the open sprint final.

Clubmate Sian Fennell was also on the podium claiming bronze in the under 17 two-kilometre beach run.

Wollongong City’s female reserve crew won silver.

“Next month’s Australian championships is shaping up to be a big one for NSW competitors.” NSW manager Rob Pidgeon said.