Bulli leads Illawarra charge at NSW surf lifesaving titles

Riding high: Bulli's Heath Mercer, Dean Roberts, Shane Geloven (sweep) , Fraser Worthington and Ben Lowe. Picture: Sylvia Liber.
Riding high: Bulli's Heath Mercer, Dean Roberts, Shane Geloven (sweep) , Fraser Worthington and Ben Lowe. Picture: Sylvia Liber.

Illawarra competitors dominated the NSW championships as Bulli continued their Australian surf boat dominance.

Benjamin Lowe, Heath Mercer, Dean Roberts, Fraser Worthington and sweep Shane Geloven claimed a fifth consecutive state crown, with the under 23 team also successful.

Wollongong City finished the three-day competition at Lake Macquarie with two medals, including the female reserve grade boat crew (Ainsleigh Christlo, Jessica Grozdanov, Karri Ryan and Sasha Ryan) and the under 19 women’s five Person Rescue and Resuscitation Team (Maddison Delaney, Jade Gray, Kaitlin Hearne, Elle-May Wilson and Emily Woods), who both finished with silver.

Thirroul SLSC picked up two medals on the beach thanks to the efforts of Jazmine Yew (U19 beach flags) who won gold, and Darci Air (U17 two kilometre km beach run bronze.

Rounding out the medals for Illawarra athletes was Jack Bridges (Helensburgh Stanwell-Park) who is now the top U15 beach flagger in NSW in a highly competitive final.

In the masters divisions, Coledale’s Divina Strauss took out a 35-39 years beach sprint and flag double and Helensburgh-Stanwell Park’s Ian Manley was 30-39 years champion lifesaver.

Thirroul’s Jeff Wall (65-69 year board) and Ross Taylor (70+ board) picked up gold.

Bellambi’s Gina Crick proved she still has what it takes, winning the 60-64 year beach flags. From Fairy Meadow, Jeff Banks and Noel Gracie won board rescue race and Jeff won the Ironman event.

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