State Championships wrap-up

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After the first weekend of the NSW State Titles, Coogee Surf Club is in first place in the overall club point score. I am not sure this has ever happened before and it is going to be a very difficult act to follow in the ensuing weekends of this “bigger than Ben Hur” event.
It is, of course, our amazing Champion Lifesavers, Open, masters and Blueys, who have put us in this position.
Coogee’s patrol competition team (this season being Mihalis Papadopolous, Amy Teale, Anthony Schubitz, George Von Jonq's, Michael Ormsby & Paul Jefferson) have won the state titles yet again. That is an amazing four years in a row for Coogee and surely these guys (and a girl) must be very useful ammunition for our sponsorship committee. Coogee Surf Club is the premier lifesaving club in NSW (and top three or four in Australia for that matter) there is no doubt about it.
Amy Teale is also NSW Open Women’s Champion Lifesaver for the third year in a row. Rob Illidge and Anthony Schubitz picked up medals in the masters event as did Mihalis Papadopolous and Paul Jefferson.
Our Juniors also competed in numbers on the weekend and, though, no medals, points are earned from 1st to 6th place so we picked up enough valuable points from the juniors to put the club in outright lead. The efforts by our “Bluey’s” has been kicked along this season by Doug Hawkins our Junior Development officer. So Doug has certainly been doing the job this season and must be especially proud to see these young people go round in the two blue.
Some may not know these events as they are not tradition surf carnival competitions. But they have been around a decade or so now and Coogee has been competing at them for some time. We have always done well at Branch, State and Aussies. Both events involve a lot of theory in the club house where competitors earn substantial amounts of points. The patrol competition then faces several patrol type scenarios they need to deal with. At least 40 percent of points are earned with the scenarios.
The champion lifesaver is pretty gruelling involving theory and physical competition in swim, board, tube and beach sprint. Consider this the “decathlon” of surf lifesaving and for my money should be one of the major events for our organisation.
Congratulations to all out Lifesaving competitors. You have set the benchmark very high indeed for the next few weeks.

~ Warwick Everingham




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