Medal haul for Patrol Comp team

The Lifesaving Squad headed to Northern NSW for the first real hit out of the season – 'real' in terms of the fact that it was the first time we were not a 'dummy' team. The two comps we’ve been to this season were both invitational and we were not eligible for places or medals.


Our goal for the last two years has been to win an Aussie medal…. The State Titles were the barometer to see if all the training had improved our chances.


With this in mind, a seven-member Lifesaving squad went to States, and all came back with individual medals, with the team winning gold overall.


Thanks has to go to the Thorntons for getting the boards up to Northern NSW. Also we’d like to thank Matt “Michael”, “Pug Dog”, “Scanners” Scanlan, who heads off on Tuesday with the IRBs and other gear. Without someone putting a hand up to drive the ducks to Kingscliff and Kurrawa, Coogee would not be allowed to compete.


We’re hoping the carnival organisers put a progressive score up before the Open and Masters competitors from some of the strong competition clubs arrive. In theory, Coogee should be at the top of the points table in the first edition of the progressive point score.



Open patrol competition - Gold

Amy Teale, Anthony Shubitz, Andrew Gordon, Paul Jefferson, Stu Fillman, Rob Illidge



Open Women’s Champion Lifesaver – Gold

Amy Teale


Open Men’s Champion Lifesaver  – Silver

Stu Fillman


Women’s 30-39 Champion lifesaver – Silver

Abigail Hopkins


Men’s 30-39 Champion Lifesaver – Gold

Paul "Pod" Jefferson 


Men’s 40+ Champion Lifesaver

Gold – Anthony Shubitz

Silver –  Andrew Gordon

Bronze – Rob Illidge


Special mention must go to Stu who beat last year’s State Champion and Australian bronze medallist to secure silver in the Open Champion Lifesaver event. Amy finished with a score of 114 out of 120 in her Open Champion Lifesaver event. This is the highest individual point score ever by a Coogee competitor and sets her up well for success at the Australian Titles.


The new Kracka rescue board affectionately known as DERK (Double Enduro Racing Kracka) paid for itself in the Swim, Tube, Board relay event. Coogee finished the event before the second placed team made it to the turning cans. Thanks to Andy Bargenda our board coach for taking the time and effort to improve our board skills. Thanks also to Coogee First National Real Estate for the sponsorship of the board and to Mary-Jane Laing for making it happen.

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