Surf lifesavers excel at Coffs

THE region’s surf lifesavers fared well at last weekend’s 39th Coffs Harbour Craft Carnival at Park Beach. 

Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club president Terry Maher said the big seas that had plagued the event stayed away this year. 

“There was some wind and the surf got messy later in the day, but everything ran like clockwork,” he said. 

The Wauchope-Bonny Hills club came away with some good results, with Trent Seale, Greg Byrnes, Elaine Walker, Jason Sargeant, Dale Finch, Brooke Gallagher, Trent Finch and Peter Smith all putting in strong performances.

“Jason had a win in the endurance ski, and finished the three rounds of the hotly- contested under-17 ski race with the frontrunners,” club president Peter Smith said.

“Greg Byrnes finished first and Trent Seale second in the masters ski.”

The Finch brothers, Trent and Dale, also did well in the under-15 and 17 events.

“It was great to see Elaine Walker finish the open women’s ski in a close bunch with state medallists from Coffs, Byron and Cudgen,” Smith said.

The club is now preparing for the NSW Country Championships.

“Brooke Gallagher is super-fit and has demonstrated she can match it with the best in the girls ski events,” Smith said.

“All in all, it’s been a great season for us so far.”

The Mid-North Coast Surf Lifesaving Branch Championships will be held at Tacking Point next weekend. 

The carnival will involve the best competitors from all eight Surf Life Saving Clubs in the Mid-North Coast area.

Athletes will be from towns including Port Macquarie, Tacking Point, Wauchope and Bonny Hills.

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