A strong Central Coast contingent returned from the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Blacksmiths Beach happy with their weekend’s work, but undoubtedly keen to improve when they travel to Western Australia for a crack at the Australian Titles next month.

The big three heavyweights of Umina (equal 7th overall), Avoca Beach (11th), and Terrigal (14th) all impressed with some solid results during the three-day competition, helping Central Coast clubs to a return of 49 medals.

Leading the way for Umina were the club’s Champion Lifesaver representatives with Mollie Murphy (U19s) and Kirsten Miller (U17s) both claiming gold.

Also enjoying the ultimate success was the U15 Mixed First Aid Team, while the U17 teams claimed second and third places in their division. Other team wins were the U19 Surf Race Team, the U19 Female Board Relay and Board Rescue teams, the Open Rescue Tube Rescue team, and Jemma Smith secured an individual win in the U19 Single Ski. Unfortunately the defending Open Female Taplin team of Jazmyn Rodwell, Jemma Smith and Rachel Wood had to settle for bronze after being pipped by Newport’s A and B teams. Jemma had a heavy schedule across both U19 and Open water events, and bagged bronze in the Open Ironwoman and teamed up with sister Bronte for a bronze in the U19 Double Ski event.