April 10 - 23, 2022: Issue 534
Aussies 2022: Youth-Masters-Opens + Results
Over 7500 surf lifesavers are or have taken part in the 2022 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, taking the opportunity to represent their clubs, branch and state and catch up with friends from other states, as well as test themselves by having a go.
Although some of the events had high numbers of entrants, those from the peninsula were up among the placings, when not winning bronze, silver and gold.
The only jarring note was when Peter Spence, Palm Beach SLSC Boat Captain and Sweep extraordinaire was injured in the racing on Saturday April 9th. SLSA, The ASRL and the Spence family provided the following update later in the afternoon:
Surf boats competitor, Peter Spence from Palm Beach (NSW), was transported by ambulance to the hospital after being struck in the face during the competition.
His wife is by his side at the hospital where he is being monitored as a precautionary measure due to water on lungs sustained after being struck in the face and knocked unconscious.
He is expected to make a full recovery and is in good spirits.
The incident occurred whilst the crew were returning to shore in the challenging conditions. He was promptly rescued by SLSA water safety with assistance from his crew where he was transported to the beach and received immediate medical treatment.
Peter and his family are grateful to everyone who helped in the water and on the beach. The level of concern and patient care displayed is immensely appreciated.
Spencey's report and photos from April 8th 2022, his Aussies Day 1 runs first this year:
My 23’s & 19’s - The ecstasy and the agony! Ecstasy in making 3 from 3 finals yesterday 😀 The agony of not getting that Aussie Gold 😢
Stoked though to make 3 finals in tough conditions and so proud of my 3 crews that took the surf on, even with the limited surf work we do!
U/23 Women - Panthers - DNF in the final after rolling and snapping the sweepoar in the back break.
What a season for the girls with 13 starts - 11 wins, a 2nd and yesterdays DNF. Branch, NSW ASRL & ASRL Open Golds along with the Aussie final 👏👏
Call-out to Rach Balcomb for racing the semi and the final with a fractured wrist after hurting it in the Qtr, gutsy 💪
U/19 Men - Pitbulls - BRONZE 🥉- wow what a season with Branch & NSW ASRL Gold and ASRL Open & Aussies Bronzes! Only had these boys for a few months of training, a lovely bunch of boys 👍
U/23 Men - Plumbers SILVER 🥈- beaten for the second year in a row by a small margin, silvers back to back, we will get that gold next season!
Again an incredible season for the Plumbers with 13 starts - 8 wins, 3 seconds & 2 thirds, never missed a final or a place in a final. Branch and NSW ASRL Gold and ASRL Open and Aussies Silvers both in a sprint to the line!
3 exceptional crews that have been a pleasure to sweep ❤️
Now to hopefully get more racing and results this weekend with my Open Men Projectors and my Reserve Men Padlocks.
Well done Mr. Spence and Palm Beach SLSC, the community here sends their love to you and Steph.
Along with seeing the very young and masters enjoying their surf sports, dedication to the Aussies and marking the same has featured for a few local members.
Queenscliff's Colin White was recognised for 50 years of Officiating. Col was presented with the award at the SLSA Officials Dinner.
Col first joined the SLS movement at City of Perth SLSC in 1953, before shifting to Trigg Island in 1955. Col spent 7 years at Trigg, and then transferred to his current Club; Queenscliff, NSW.
From an early age Col was an outstanding life saver as is evidenced by his Bravery Award in 1958. Col held positions of significance at the Queenscliff Club including a 3 year term as Club President, 8 years as Deputy President and 2 years as Club Captain. Col received Distinguished Service from Queenscliff SLSC in 1986; Queenscliff Life Membership in 1989 and Sydney Northern Beaches Life Membership in 1991.
Col has influenced generations of young people in the ideals of the Community and Surf Life Saving, many of whom are still active within the Club and readily acknowledge the debt they owe to him.
Col’s involvement and service to the Branch has seen him perform many varied duties in the areas of officialdom, coaching, selecting, examining and representation. Col was a prominent member of the Branch judiciary; he had a reputation of being hard but fair in an area when tough decisions had to be made. Col was awarded Branch Examiner of the Year in 98/99 and Branch Coach of the Year in 01/02. In 2011 Col was made a Life Member of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).
Queenscliff SLSC’s Michael Gedz and Bondi SBLSC’s Dori Miller were recognised for their outstanding contributions to surf sports and inducted into the SLSA Hall of Fame as Masters Legends.
The pair were formally announced during a special ceremony at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 5 April, at the conclusion of the 29th Masters Championships – first held at Aussies in 1993 and not running in 2020.
The award recognises Masters competitors, individuals or teams, over the age of 35 years who have achieved exceptional results over a sustained period in designated Masters competition and have done so in events and Masters age categories that have had a high level of competitiveness.
Michael said the recognition was better than anything he’d received in the past.
“It’s the best award I’ve ever had, it beats everything,” he said.
“I’m humbled, I’ve been on cloud nine since they rang me – it’s overwhelming.”
Michael Gedz - Masters Legend
Since commencing Masters competition in 1997, Michael has been a prolific winner in the Beach events arena. Overall, he has won 32 gold medals and 13 other podium finishes, with 16 of these golds being first placings in either Beach Sprint or Beach Flags. In the last 10 Championships alone, he has won his age group in the Beach Sprint nine times.
At World Lifesaving Championship level since 1998 (35-39 years) he has been successful in winning 10 individual gold medals at six world championships including four other podium finishes. Mr. Gedz has done well again in the 2022 Aussies - results below.
Surf Life Saving NSW stated; ''Masters competitors play an integral part in the sport arena, through their dedication to Surf Life Saving and competitiveness and fitness to maintain a healthy lifestyle and play a key role within their clubs. It’s those structures that both reflect on as crucial reasons for their love of surf sports.''
“You have to find something you love to do,” Dori said.
“When you’re younger you don’t think long term but having something that you’re good at that you enjoy to do, that can carry you through later in life.”
“The club, the support, the sport, without that it’s nothing. You can win the medals on your own but without all this it’s nothing,” Michael added.
While on outstanding achievements, Freshwater’s Open First Aid Competition Team Tahlia Deardon and Julia Baker won the Surf Life Saving Australia Aussie Championship and take home the Tess Cramond Shield. They won their division by a massive 47 points ahead of others.
Teresa (Tess) Rita O’Rourke Cramond (née Brophy) AO, OBE (1926-2015) was an Australian doctor and the director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Her career spanning fifty years, was dedicated to improving the use of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain medicine, with specific reference to the relief of cancer pain and palliative care.
Surf Life Saving Australia initially adopted the indirect resuscitation methods used by the Royal Life Saving Society. As new indirect methods became available, both organisations adapted their resuscitation techniques and followed international developments closely. In the 1950s, accumulating evidence suggested that direct methods of resuscitation, such as mouth-to-mouth ventilation, might be more efficacious. Subsequently a number of investigations were carried out in Sydney at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on anaesthetised and paralysed patients. These experiments were recorded for an ABC documentary and reported at the International Convention on Life Saving Techniques held in Sydney in March 1960.
Following the convention, Queensland Surf Life Saving conducted training sessions in cooperation with anaesthetists Roger Bennett and Tess Brophy (later Cramond), at St Andrew's Hospital in Brisbane. This allowed over one hundred people to gain experience in expired air and bag-mask ventilation.
Professor Tess Cramond OBE AO was an Honorary Life Member of Surf Lifesaving Queensland and Surf Lifesaving Australia and was inducted into the SLSA Hall of Fame in 2004.
Queenscliff's strength in the First Aid component of Local, State and National surf life saving championship competitions reflects well on Manly Council, which was among the first to protect surf bathers, employing local fishermen, the Sly brothers, to patrol offshore and, in 1905, a lifeguard, Edward ‘Happy’ Eyre.
On March 20th, 2022 Surf Life Saving New South Wales reported:
The medals were still being handed out at the NSW Championships First Aid competition inside the Queenscliff SLSC when an emergency unfolded on the beach in front – a surfer pulled from the water not breathing.
Volunteers on patrol at both Queenscliff and Nth Steyne performed CPR on the man in his 60s, along with lifeguards, including using a defibrillator. He was transported to hospital by Ambulance.
“I was very impressed with the patrol captain, Shaun Sursok,” said Adrienne Lowe, who was at Queenscliff helping to judge the First Aid competition and scrambled to act as the initial Duty Officer on scene for the CPR.
“He really impressed me with the way he just pulled his team together, they were really well organised, doing what they’d been trained to do.
“It was a busy day, there were a lot of sightseers and particularly when the helicopter landed, the patrol did an amazing job clearing the area and working with the police and ambulance to clear a safe landing site,“ she said.
Ironically, the actions and skills displayed by the patrol team embody exactly what the First Aid Competition aims to develop and showcase. This weekend’s rescheduled Championship competition was one of the few events to be staged at this year’s NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, proudly supported by Your local club, after all of the Masters and Opens Championships were forced to cancel due to the flood emergency.
Not requiring access to the beach or water, this weekend’s competitors, in age divisions from Under 15 to Opens, were very appreciative to have been able to compete.
“It was such a good learning curve, every competition you do you learn something,” said Adrienne. “To give them that opportunity at a State level will be invaluable when they come to compete at the Aussies.”
It might be a less high-profile event than the Ironperson or Beach Sprint, however the First Aid competition is an extremely important part of Surf Life Saving Championships, designed to promote and demonstrate a high standard of First Aid prowess by Surf Life Saving members in teams of two.
Each event has a set simulated accident scenario and a set time limit for each team in the event to respond. Teams come out of isolation to a completely random emergency and are required to examine their casualties, make their diagnosis and then treat the casualties using the materials provided and their first aid kits.
Points are awarded based on the teams’ approach to the casualty, examination and diagnosis, treatment applied and management of the incident.
And it’s in the area of the approach to patients that judges have noticed the greatest improvement in performance, according to Adrienne Lowe, a Deputy Referee to Steve Haggett this weekend and 15-year veteran of officiating at First Aid and Lifesaving Championships.
“The standard was really high. We’ve seen it come up remarkably in recent years and the level of patient care has improved. It’s a great competition and it’s getting closer to what you’d do in a real life situation, the competitors are not just trying to get points.”
In the U15 division, Newport SLSC teams took gold and silver, while the always impressive Freshwater SLSC teams dominated the U17s and Umina won the U19 competition. Manly’s Jasmine and Lauren Costello claimed gold in the Open division.
In the Youth Championships North Curl Curl had a very good Aussies. Zara Kasprowicz and Luke Higgs crossed the line first in the U14 Female and Male Ironperson, while Zara grabbed a second gold medal in the U14 Female Surf Race, with clubmate Pipi Te Pania coming in third. Pipi took out the U14 Female Board Race before the girls joined Dominique Melbourn, who had earlier won the U15 Female Surf Race, to bring further success for North Curl Curl in the U14 & U15 Female Surf Teams. The Male U13 & U14 team was also victorious.
Newport's Noah Maggs won bronze in the U14 Male Board Race, with 177 athletes competing in that event, and took bronze again in the U13 & U14 Male Board Rescue with team mate Harrison Woodrow.
Results run below, including everyone who had a go, which makes them winners too.
The Surf Life Saving’s masters competitors descended on the Gold Coast’s Broadbeach for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships from April 4th. The Aussies masters event features competitors aged 30 to 80+ in ocean and beach events.
Among the familiar faces were legends of the sport including Grant Kenny, Darren Mercer, Guy Andrews, Candice Warner, Penny Turner and 1996 Olympian Jim Walker (North Bondi) who struck home for North Bondi in the Single Ski Relay, to pip Ironman legend Grant Kenny and his Alexandra Headland team at the post, and win a gold medal.
On the beach it was an emotional win for Queenscliff’s Sukie Southern, dedicating her gold medal win in the 60-64 year old beach sprint, to her late husband.
“I’ve actually just come out of a hiatus, I haven’t been training. I made a comeback because of Paul Hammond (late husband)… we spread his ashes at our home beach and running on Queenscliff Beach for State, I thought ‘I’m in!’
“But unfortunately it never happened (due to cancellation), so I thought having trained for it, I may as well come and do something for everyone here,” Sukie said.
The next day Sukie Southern (Queenscliff) stood atop of the podium again, winning the 60-64 years Female Beach Flags.
“Winning the double is so special, and I did it for my late husband Paul Hammond,” Sukie said. “He was a life member at our club Queenscliff, and a coach there for decades – we scattered his ashes at the beach and I made a comeback to run on that same beach.
“This is the first ever gold medal in Beach Flags that I’ve won at Aussies and I can’t remember how many I’ve won in the Beach Sprint!”
Avalon Beach SLSC's Jean Harper did well in the Board riding championships, taking a gold in the short board comp. and placing in the long board comp., while fellow club member Aisha Ferris took silver in the 2km Beach Run Female 50-54
Palm Beach SLSC's Fi Rae just keeps winning, taking silver in the Board race and another gold in the ski race again this Aussies.
Avalon Beach SLSC's Jean Harper
Avalon Beach SLSC's Aisha Ferris
Warriewood masters excelled on the sand again, taking gold in the 170 years division while Adam Gee won gold again in the beach sprint 50-54 yrs. On the water 240 Mens Masters, the Crustys; David Peaston, Carl Quitzau, Mark Hodgson, Al Lerpiniere, Sweep: Russell Lamb, secured the silver.
Queenscliff's Reality Queens also excelled in the masters boat races, taking gold in the 180 Female division.
In the 30-34 yrs Male Beach Sprint Manly's Michael Kember won the gold while Narrabeen's Luke Alcock took the bronze. In fact locals took places 1 to 4 in some events. For instance the 60-64 yrs Male Beach Sprint; 1st: Nigel Kassulke, Manly, 2nd: Stephen Nelson, Queenscliff, 3rd: Brett Budd, Newport and 4th: David Shearsby, Queenscliff.
The Opens commenced on April 6th. The day saw plenty of gold medals awarded, including the blue ribbon teams events which got the crowds lining the sands on their feet cheering.
There was an upset in the Open Male Ski Relay, with Newport’s B team staging a stunning come from behind paddle to claim the victory ahead of hot favourites Northcliffe and Redhead. The 37 year old dads from Newport, Luke Morrison, Luke Jones and Greg Tobin, are lifetime friends, with Jones thrilled the team could pull out the win.
“You’ve just gotta put your foot on the line, and I don’t get nervous about the result, I get nervous about how much I’m about to hurt myself.
“GT gave me the rev up beforehand, and he just told me to keep going even if you’re in a bad position. I was hurting on the way out, and then got a little runner on the way in and tagged the big fella (Luke Morrison) who finished it off for us.
“They’re pretty special races, and they are so hard to win. I’m very lucky to have won a ski relay before but to do it with the Dads’ Army is pretty cool,” said Jones.
Huge congratulations to Luke Morrison (Head Ski Coach), Luke Jones and Greg Tobin. Photo: Newport Kinghorn Surf Racing Academy
Newport Team A took gold in the U17 Male Single Ski Relay; Jake Morris, Mitchell Morris, Bailey Clues and then backed that up in the U17 single ski; Jake 1st, Mitch 2nd, Bailey 4th. This was followed in U17 Taplin Relay with a gold and silver, congratulations gold winners Newport Team A; Bailey Clues, Conner Maggs and Mitchell Morris and Newport Team B; Jake Morris, Lee Melbourn, Anthony Doyle.
Newport's U17 Taplin Relay teams. Photo: Newport Kinghorn Surf Racing Academy
More Surf Boats Results: Now that's what jubilation looks like as the Pinkies take out the Reserve Male Surf Boat title and win their first Australian gold medal in this category. They're no strangers to the podium with a swag of medals already achieved as U23s as well as Silver medallists in this category at the State Championships last season. Mateship and teamwork at it's best.
Pinkies; Tom Curnow, Matt Mayall, Nick Sampson, Andrew Bright and Nathan Wellings (sweep). Photos: Malcolm Trees and John Veage
The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships was held across the Gold Coast from 2-10 April 2022.
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2022 Youth Aussie Titles
U14 & U15 Female Board Relay
2nd: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Dominique Melbourn, Pipi Te Pania, Olivia Clues
U14 & U15 Male Board Relay
4th: Manly Team A, Manly; Keaten Ronge-Smith, Rishi Shankar, Finn McMurtry
U13 & U14 Female Board Relay
4th: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Isabel Higgs, Jaya Lilienthal, Zara Kasprowicz
U13 & U14 Male Board Relay
7th: North Curl Curl Team B, North Curl Curl; Luke Higgs, Sam Chaffer, Sam Davis
8th: Newport Team A, Newport; Harrison Woodrow, Noah Maggs, Niall Jaffrey
U13 & U14 Male Board Rescue
3rd: Newport Team A, Newport; Noah Maggs, Harrison Woodrow
5th: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Luke Higgs, Sam Davis
U13 & U14 Female Board Rescue
1st: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Pipi Te Pania, Zara Kasprowicz
U14 & U15 Male Board Rescue
2nd: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Braith Howison, Samuel Higgs
5th: Manly Team A, Manly; Keaten Ronge-Smith, Louis Lamond
U14 & U15 Female Board Rescue
3rd: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Dominique Melbourn, Olivia Clues
7th: Mona Vale Team A, Mona Vale; Lily Halpin, Macy Beuzeville
U13 & U14 Female Cameron Relay
2nd: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Holly Smith, Kasey Bolt, Pipi Te Pania, Zara Kasprowicz
16: Freshwater A, Freshwater; Alina Beesley, Ava McGettigan, Elyse Coates, Georgie Nitz
U13 & U14 Male Cameron Relay
1st: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Danny King, Archer Ferguson, Luke Higgs, Sam Davis
U14 & U15 Female Cameron Relay
2nd: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Dominique Melbourn, Olivia Clues, Sophia Brown, Isabel Higgs
9th: North Curl Curl Team B, North Curl Curl; Jaya Lilienthal, Amelie Chan, Brooke Derz, Ruby Lovell
11th: Manly Team A, Manly; Noa Davies, Camille Hirose, Phoebe Lechner, India Emmott Bennett
U14 & U15 Male Cameron Relay
7th: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Braith Howison, Samuel Higgs, Sean Law, Zachary Wasley
13th: Manly Team A, Manly; Keaten Ronge-Smith, Rishi Shankar, Louis Lamond, Angus Lechner
U14 Female Ironperson – 135 athletes
1st: Zara Kasprowicz North Curl Curl
2nd: Pipi Te Pania, North Curl Curl
7th: Elisha Cuthbert, Manly
13th: Macy Beuzeville, Mona Vale
U14 Male Ironperson – 146 athletes
1st: Luke Higgs, North Curl Curl
12th: Noah Maggs, Newport
U13 Female Ironperson – 88 athletes
12th: Alannah Paul, Newport
13th: Charli Barbour, Newport
U14 Male Beach Sprint – 41 athletes
1st: Guy Ormond, Queenscliff
U13 Female Beach Sprint
2nd: Alessandra Rounsley, Queenscliff
U15 Female Beach Flags- 52 athletes
9th: Leela Scott, Queenscliff
U15 Male Beach Flags - 38 athletes
11th: Sydney Slater, Queenscliff
15th: Michael Molinia, Dee Why
U13 Female Beach Flags – 75 athletes
Unplaced but competed: Alessandra Rounsley, Queenscliff - Baelei Rogers, Dee Why - Jasmin Berry, North Narrabeen
U14 Female Beach Flags – 75 athletes
Equal 10th - Luana Da Rocha, Queenscliff
Also competed; Paris Hudson, Dee Why
U14 Male Beach Flags – 42 athletes
Also competed: Guy Ormond, Queenscliff
U14 Male Board Race – 177 athletes
3rd: Noah Maggs, Newport
6th: Sam Davis, North Curl Curl
13th: Luke Higgs, North Curl Curl
U14 Female Board Race – 184 athletes
1st: Pipi Te Pania, North Curl Curl
13th: Elisha Cuthbert, Manly
U13 Female Board Race – 103 athletes
4th: Charli Barbour, Newport
U13 Male Board Race – 127 athletes
2nd: Danny King, North Curl Curl
13th: Luka Gordon, Manly
16th: Tyler Brown, North Curl Curl
U14 & U15 Female Surf Teams
1st: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Dominique Melbourn, Olivia Clues, Pipi Te Pania, Zara Kasprowicz
6th: North Curl Curl Team B, North Curl Curl; Brooke Derz, Jaya Lilienthal, Ruby Lovell, Sophia Brown
U13 & U14 Male Surf Teams
1st: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Luke Higgs, Sam Davis, Sam Chaffer, William Jeffrey
U13 & U14 Female Surf Teams
7th: Manly Team A, Manly; Elisha Cuthbert, Eryn Ronge-Smith, Jessica Oakhill, Arki Harrison
U14 & U15 Male Surf Teams
3rd: North Curl Curl Team A, North Curl Curl; Braith Howison, Samuel Higgs, Archer Ferguson, Zachary Wasley
U13 Male Surf Race – 115 athletes
31st: Thomas Northcote, Manly
U15 Male Surf Race – 121 athletes
5th: Samuel Higgs, North Curl Curl
13th: Braith Howison, North Curl Curl
16th: Zachary Paul, Newport
U15 Female Surf Race – 114 athletes
1st: Dominique Melbourn, North Curl Curl
9th: Ruby Lovell, North Curl Curl
26th: Arabella Cox, Newport
U13 Female Surf Race – 91 athletes
5th: Alannah Paul, Newport
17th: Charli Barbour, Newport
19th: Jessica Oakhill, Manly
U14 Female Surf Race – 152 athletes
1st: Zara Kasprowicz, North Curl Curl
3rd: Pipi Te Pania, North Curl Curl
4th: Macy Beuzeville, Mona Vale
9th: Amelie Chan, North Curl Curl
15th: Eryn Ronge-Smith, Manly
20th: Elisha Cuthbert, Manly
21st: Elyse Coates, Freshwater
24th: Jaya Lilienthal, North Curl Curl
U14 Male Surf Race – 153 athletes
2nd: Luke Higgs, North Curl Curl
18th: William Jeffrey, North Curl Curl
25th: Sam Chaffer, North Curl Curl
U14 Male 2Km Beach Run
31st: Oliver Crofton, North Steyne
U13 Female 2Km Beach Run
7th: Baelei Rogers, Dee Why
U15 Male 2Km Beach Run
17th: Sean Law, North Curl Curl
U13 Male 2Km Beach Run
14th: Harrison Wagland, North Curl Curl
2022 Masters Aussie Titles
55-59 yrs Male Surf Race
2nd: John de Mestre, Freshwater
5th: Andrew de Vries, Freshwater
7th: Dave Bredeson, Freshwater
13th:; Darren Warrener, Newport
25th: Rick Miller, Narrabeen
60-64 yrs Male Surf Race
7th: Mark Houston, Manly
16th: Patrick Quinlan, Newport
70-74 yrs Male Surf Race
4th: Gregory Hyde, Mona Vale
65-69 yrs Male Surf Race
6th: Paul Stormon, Freshwater
50-54 yrs Female Surf Race
6th: Janet Proudfoot, Newport
14th: Aisha Ferris, Avalon Beach
18th: Andrean Duffy, Manly
40-44 yrs Female Surf Race
7th: Julia Jones-Hughes, Avalon Beach
45-49 yrs Female Surf Race
5th: Amanda Lehman, Newport
12th: Louise Purnell, Avalon Beach
45-49 yrs Female Board Race
4th: Amanda Lehman, Newport
13th: Rebecca Crawford, Manly
16th: Louise Purnell, Avalon Beach
30-34 yrs Female Board Race
1st: Rachel Crerar, Manly
9th: Brooke Perry, Collaroy
55-59 yrs Female Board Race
2nd: Fiona Rae Palm Beach (NSW)
17th: Jo Kirkby, Freshwater
40-44 yrs Female Board Race
10th: Julia Jones-Hughes, Avalon Beach
50-54 yrs Female Board Race
6th: Janet Proudfoot, Newport
50-54 yrs Male Board Race
10th: Raymond Ingle, Manly
55-59 yrs Male Board Race
4th: Michael Kirkby, Freshwater
9th: Chris Morgan, Manly
10th: Darren Warrener, Newport
65-69 yrs Male Board Race
5th: Paul Stormon, Freshwater
10th: Stephen Davis, Freshwater
13th: David Jones, North Curl Curl
30-34 yrs Male Board Race
1st: Stewart McLachlan, Manly
8th: Luke Alcock, Narrabeen
45-49 yrs Male Board Race
6th: Ashley Brown, Newport
60-64 yrs Male Board Race
1st: Andrew Stuart, North Curl Curl
5th: Nick Carroll, Newport
6th: Phillip Bird, Freshwater
11th: Patrick Quinlan, Newport
12th: Mark Houston, Manly
60-64 yrs Female Board Race
4th: Gina McConnell, Freshwater
10th: Shanny Dyer, Freshwater
65-69 yrs Female Beach Flags
3rd: Kerry Armstrong, Collaroy
50-54 yrs Female Beach Flags
Unplaced but competed/had a go: Xanthe Friend, Avalon Beach
45-49 yrs Male Beach Flags
7th: Ben Hargy, Warriewood
55-59 yrs Female Beach Flags
1st: Robyn Henderson, Queenscliff
4th: Miho Kawasaki, Collaroy
5th: Philippa Wight, Collaroy
70-74 yrs Male Beach Flags
7th: Ted Smithies, Newport
60-64 yrs Male Beach Flags
3rd: Stephen Nelson, Queenscliff
40-44 yrs Male Beach Flags
1st: Tristan Conn, Newport
30-34 yrs Male Beach Flags
3rd: Michael Kember, Manly
6th: Luke Alcock, Narrabeen
60-64 yrs Female Beach Flags
1; Sukie Southern, Queenscliff
55-59 yrs Male Beach Flags
1st: Michael Gedz, Queenscliff
6th: Jean Harper, Avalon Beach
Unplaced but competed/had a go: Simon Dorahy, Queenscliff
55-59 yrs Male Beach Sprint
1st: Michael Gedz, Queenscliff
3rd: Brian Dolly, Queenscliff
6th: Stephen Hoy, Queenscliff
60-64 yrs Female Beach Sprint
1st: Sukie Southern, Queenscliff
30-34 yrs Male Beach Sprint
1st: Michael Kember, Manly
3rd: Luke Alcock, Narrabeen
40-44 yrs Male Beach Sprint
1st: Stephen Hatch, Newport
60-64 yrs Male Beach Sprint
1st: Nigel Kassulke, Manly
2nd: Stephen Nelson, Queenscliff
3rd: Brett Budd, Newport
4th: David Shearsby, Queenscliff
70-74 yrs Male Beach Sprint
1st: Ted Smithies, Newport
55-59 yrs Female Beach Sprint
1st: Robyn Henderson, Queenscliff
2nd: Philippa Wight, Collaroy
50-54 yrs Female Beach Sprint
8th: Kelly McFadden, Queenscliff
9th: Annabel Nelson, Queenscliff
50-54 yrs Male Beach Sprint
1st: Adam Gee, Warriewood
45-49 yrs Male Beach Sprint
5th: Ben Hargy, Warriewood
65-69 yrs Female Beach Sprint
3rd: Kerry Armstrong, Collaroy
130 yrs min Male Single Ski Relay
3rd: Newport Team A - 130 yrs, Newport; Patrick Quinlan, Greg Tobin, Luke Jones
9th: Mona Vale Team A - 130 yrs, Mona Vale; Bryce Munro, Peter Lever, Darren Marshall
13th: Narrabeen Narrabeen C - 130 yrs, Narrabeen; Luke Alcock, Sean Townsend, Peter Wells
Also competed/had a go; Freshwater Team A - 130 yrs, Freshwater; James Pendray, Michael Kirkby, Ben Kirkby
150 yrs min Male Single Ski Relay
9th: North Curl Curl Team A - 150 yrs, North Curl Curl; Andrew Stuart, Glenn Slater, Ross Chaffer
150 yrs min Female Single Ski Relay
5th: Manly Team A - 150 yrs, Manly; Rebecca Crawford, Andrean Duffy, Hilary Ingle
170 yrs min Male Single Ski Relay
4th: Manly Team A - 170 yrs, Manly; Chris Morgan, Peter J. Clark, Anthony Vieceli
14th: Narrabeen Narrabeen A - 170 yrs, Narrabeen; Dave Lawler, Peter Grimes, Simon Lewis
45-49 yrs Female Single Ski
5th: Rebecca Crawford, Manly
30-34 yrs Female Single Ski
2nd: Rachel Crerar, Manly
40-44 yrs Female Single Ski
2nd: Kelly Marsh, Queenscliff
45-49 yrs Male Single Ski
13th: Peter Lever, Mona Vale
Also competed in heats; Bryce Munro, Mona Vale, Peter Wells, Narrabeen, Ross Chaffer, North Curl Curl, David Tudor-Jones, Narrabeen, Gaven Needham, Freshwater
35-39 yrs Male Single Ski
2nd: Greg Tobin, Newport
10th: David Cansdell, Manly
13th: James Stewart, Manly
65-69 yrs Male Single Ski
8th: Stephen Bennett, Freshwater
Also competed in heats; David Jones, North Curl Curl
50-54 yrs Female Single Ski
6th: Andrean Duffy, Manly
11th: Janet Proudfoot, Newport
55-59 yrs Female Single Ski
1st: Fiona Rae, Palm Beach (NSW)
60-64 yrs Male Single Ski
5th: Peter J. Clark, Manly
10th: Patrick Quinlan, Newport
11th: Nick Carroll, Newport
Also competed in heats; Andrew Stuart, North Curl Curl
30-34 yrs Male Single Ski
2nd: Ben Kirkby, Freshwater
14th: Luke Alcock, Narrabeen
55-59 yrs Male Single Ski
3rd: Anthony Vieceli, Manly
Final, unplaced; Michael Kirkby, Freshwater
Also competed in heats; Chris Morgan, Manly, Dave Lawler, Narrabeen
60-64 yrs Male Ironperson
1st: Nick Carroll, Newport
4th: Andrew Stuart, North Curl Curl
50-54 yrs Male Ironperson
8th: Grant Ellison, Manly
10th: James (Chris) Pendray, Freshwater
55-59 yrs Female Ironperson
3rd: Fiona Rae, Palm Beach (NSW)
50-54 yrs Female Ironperson
4th: Andrean Duffy, Manly
8th: Janet Proudfoot, Newport
10th: Hilary Ingle, Manly
45-49 yrs Male Ironperson
7th: David Tudor-Jones, Narrabeen
9th: Peter Wells, Narrabeen
12th: James Coates, Freshwater
16th: John Landells, Freshwater
Also competed; Ashley Brown, Newport
170 yrs min Male Beach Relay
1st: Warriewood WW Sandmen - 170 yrs, Warriewood; Iain Archer, Adam Gee, Ben Hargy, Christopher Macdonald
200 yrs min Female Beach Relay
2nd: Queenscliff Queensie Blue - 200 yrs, Queenscliff; Annabel Nelson, Robyn Henderson, Kelly McFadden, Sukie Southern
200 yrs min Male Beach Relay
1st: Queenscliff Team A - 200 yrs, Queenscliff; Stephen Hoy, Stephen Nelson, Brian Dolly, Michael Gedz
2nd: Newport Team A - 200 yrs, Newport; Tristan Conn, Stephen Hatch, Brett Budd, Ted Smithies
230 yrs min Male Beach Relay
1st: Queenscliff Team A - 230 yrs, Queenscliff; Simon Dorahy, Ross Collins, David Shearsby, Tony Boatman
230 yrs min Female Beach Relay
1st: Collaroy Red - 230 yrs, Collaroy; Kerry Armstrong, Linda McDowell, Miho Kawasaki, Philippa Wight
30-34 yrs Male Double Ski
4th: Freshwater Team A - 30-34 yrs, Freshwater; Gaven Needham, Ben Kirkby,
10th: Narrabeen Narrabeen E - 30-34 yrs, Narrabeen; Luke Alcock, Sean Townsend
55-59 yrs Male Double Ski
3rd: Manly Team A - 55-59 yrs, Manly; Anthony Vieceli, Peter J. Clark
11th: North Curl Curl Team A - 55-59 yrs, North Curl Curl; David Jones, Michael Crews
35-39 yrs Male Double Ski
Equal 1st with North Bondi Team A; 1; Newport Team A - 35-39 yrs, Newport; Greg Tobin, Luke Jones
4th: Manly Team A - 35-39 yrs, Manly; David Cansdell, James Stewart
45-49 yrs Male Double Ski
4th: Narrabeen Narrabeen D - 45-49 yrs, Narrabeen; Peter Wells, David Tudor-Jones
5th: Mona Vale Team A - 45-49 yrs, Mona Vale; Bryce Munro, Peter Lever
11th: North Curl Curl Team A - 45-49 yrs, North Curl Curl; Glenn Slater, Ross Chaffer
150 yrs min Female Taplin
8th: Manly Team A - 150 yrs, Manly; Rebecca Crawford, Andrean Duffy, Hilary Ingle
170 yrs min Male Taplin
2nd: Freshwater Team A - 170 yrs, Freshwater; Phillip Bird, John de Mestre, Michael Kirkby
4th: Manly Team A - 170 yrs, Manly; Mark Houston, Anthony Vieceli, Raymond Ingle
8th: Freshwater Team D - 170 yrs, Freshwater; Stephen Bennett, Dave Bredeson, Stephen Davis
16th: Narrabeen Narrabeen A - 170 yrs, Narrabeen; Dave Lawler, Peter Grimes, Rick Miller
150 yrs min Male Taplin
12th: North Curl Curl Team A - 150 yrs, North Curl Curl; Andrew Stuart, Glenn Slater, Ross Chaffer
130 yrs min Male Taplin
3rd: Newport Team A - 130 yrs, Newport; Darren Warrener, Luke Jones, Ashley Brown
110 yrs min Male Taplin
11th: Freshwater Team A - 110 yrs, Freshwater; Ben Kirkby, Gaven Needham, John Landells
150 yrs min Male Surf Teams
7th: Newport Newport WMA - 150 yrs, Newport; Nick Carroll, Darren Warrener, Ashley Brown
11th: Narrabeen Narrabeen B - 150 yrs, Narrabeen; David Tudor-Jones, Peter Wells, Rick Miller
170 yrs min Female Surf Teams
4th: Freshwater Team A - 170 yrs, Freshwater; Jo Kirkby, Gina McConnell, Shanny Dyer
170 yrs min Male Surf Teams
1st: Freshwater Team A - 170 yrs, Freshwater; Dave Bredeson, Andrew de Vries, John de Mestre
4th: Manly Team A - 170 yrs, Manly; Chris Morgan, Mark Houston, Raymond Ingle
11th: Freshwater Team B - 170 yrs, Freshwater; Paul Stormon, Alan Burns, Phillip Bird
45-49 yrs Female Board Rescue
2nd: Newport Team A - 45-49 yrs, Newport; Amanda Lehman, Janet Proudfoot
6th: Manly Team A - 45-49 yrs, Manly; Rebecca Crawford, Hilary Ingle
40-44 yrs Female Board Rescue
Competed in heats; Avalon Beach Team A - 40-44 yrs, Avalon Beach; Julia Jones-Hughes, Aisha Ferris
65-69 yrs Male Board Rescue
3rd: Freshwater Team A - 65-69 yrs, Freshwater; Stephen Davis, Paul Stormon
55-59 yrs Female Board Rescue
6th: Freshwater Team A - 55-59 yrs, Freshwater; Jo Kirkby, Gina McConnell
55-59 yrs Male Board Rescue
2nd: Freshwater Team B - 55-59 yrs, Freshwater; John de Mestre, Michael Kirkby
3rd: Freshwater Team A - 55-59 yrs, Freshwater; Dave Bredeson, Phillip Bird
7th: Newport Team A - 55-59 yrs, Newport; Darren Warrener, Nick Carroll
170 yrs min Male Board Relay
2nd: Manly Team A - 170 yrs, Manly; Mark Houston, Chris Morgan, Raymond Ingle
12th: Freshwater Team B - 170 yrs, Freshwater; Stephen Davis, Andrew de Vries, Paul Stormon
150 yrs min Female Board Relay
8th: Manly Team A - 150 yrs, Manly; Andrean Duffy, Hilary Ingle, Rebecca Crawford
150 yrs min Male Board Relay
9th: Newport Newport A - 150 yrs, Newport; Ashley Brown, Darren Warrener, Patrick Quinlan
11th: North Curl Curl Team A - 150 yrs, North Curl Curl; Andrew Stuart, Glenn Slater, Ross Chaffer
110 yrs min Male Board Relay
1st: Manly Team A - 110 yrs, Manly; Cameron Coghlan, Mitchell Roberts, Stewart McLachlan
9th: Narrabeen Narrabeen D - 110 yrs, Narrabeen; David Tudor-Jones, Luke Alcock, Peter Wells
40-44 YRS FEMALE IRONPERSON and 45-49 YRS FEMALE IRONPERSON
10th: Rebecca Crawford, Manly
40s Masters 2km Beach Run
Competed; Amanda Lehman, Newport and Louise Purnell, Avalon Beach
50s Master 2km Beach Run
Aisha Ferris, Avalon Beach (15th) and Annabel Nelson, Queenscliff, Miho Kawasaki, Collaroy competed
60s Master 1km Beach Run
1st: Andrew Stuart, North Curl Curl
Also competed Kerry Armstrong, Collaroy
40-44 &45-49 female double ski
7th: Manly Team A - 45-49 yrs, Manly; Andrean Duffy, Rebecca Crawford
2022 Open Aussie Titles
U17 Male 2Km Beach Run
16; William Keep, Collaroy
20; Ryan O'Shea, Collaroy
U19 Male 2Km Beach Run
4; Harrison Schaut, Avalon Beach
U17 Female 2Km Beach Run
5; Hanneke Wegenaar, North Curl Curl
6; Amelia Thornthwaite, Newport
U17 Male Surf Race – 120 athletes
2; Jake Morris, Newport
6; Mitchell Morris, Newport
20; Conner Maggs, Newport
Open Female Surf Teams
3; Newport Team A, Newport; Emily Doyle, Lizzie Welborn, Madison Spencer, Alex Lefevre
2022 Aussies Boardriding
Under 19 Female Shortboard
2; Zoe Prelc, Queenscliff
Under 15 Male Shortboard
4: Max Lechner, Manly
Under 14 Male Shortboard
Competed –to Semi Final : Sam Prelc, Queenscliff
Under 14 Female Shortboard
3; Isabel Higgs, North Curl Curl
40-49 Male Longboard
Competed –: Jamie Grant, Queenscliff
40-49 Female Longboard
Leishea Grant, Queenscliff
50-59 Male Longboard
Competed –to Semi Final : Jean Harper, Avalon
40-49 Male Shortboard
5; Jamie Grant, Queenscliff
40-49 Female Shortboard
Competed – semi-final; Katrina Evans, North Narrabeen - Leishea Grant, Queenscliff - Simone Knox, North Narrabeen
50-59 Male Shortboard
1st; Jean Harper, Avalon
Aussies Masters Recap: Surf Boats
Report Team Navy Australian Surf Rowers League
What a wild ride the Aussies have been, sorry these results have been delayed on getting out to you all! The Masters Aussie Champs went off with a bang down at North Kirra on wednesday, with 93 crews battling it out to take home the gold and bragging rights of being the National champ crew!
The Masters showed us all how it was done, navigating some tough conditions and not catching too many crabs while they were out there. A great success and a special thank you to all Officials, Water Safety, Competitors and Volunteers on the day.
Final Medals as follows:
1. Lorne Again
2. Batemans Bay Banshees
3. South Port (SA) Team A
We had a catch up with the Lorne Again Bowie Paula Matthews after the event.
"What a fantastic final with us (Lorne) and Batemans Bay both on the same wave throwing to the line together. All of us were completely gassed by the end but wouldn’t have it any other way - we love wearing a medal that we really had to work for.
This is our fourth consecutive gold at Aussies Masters and every year we feel luckier to get it! We couldn’t be prouder to compete in the Masters division with so many crazy people that love this sport as much as we do and we can’t wait until next year for (hopefully) a fifth!!!"
1. Batemans Bay Team A
2. Elouera Greatmen
3. Maroochydore Force
1. Queenscliff Reality Queens
2. Yamba Boilers
3. Elouera Salties
1. Mooloolaba Happy Gilmore
2. Jan Juc Rams
3. North Cronulla Purds
1. Burnie Risk
2. Wanda Kessels
We had a chat to the Burnie Risk Sweep Ian Guest, to give us the run down of the lead up to the girls win. Ian told us "We had a great success, coming off the back of the ASRL open win. The conditions were not ideal, quite testing but the girls took out all 3 races.
The girls have been working hard for several years, taking home the bronze last year in the 180s. The season was a long one, with many ups and downs from Covid 19 (like any club).
But the hard work has now paid off, and now we are taking the Gold back home to Tassie as one of the top performing crews in TAS on a National level this year. Can't wait to see what next season brings "
1. Mermaid mayhem
2. North Cronulla Blueys Vets
3. Currumbin Spartans
1. West Beach Splitzers
2. Coogee COGS
3. Fairhaven Hot Catch
1. Evans head/ Casino Team A
2. Cronulla Koros
3. Noosa Heads Condors
1. Alexandra Headland Brass Mo
2. Warriewood Crustys
3. Woolgoolga Long Stokers
1. Nobbys (NSW) Old Dicko
2. Bulli Gold
3. Burnie Gold