THATS GOLD! The Evans Head-Casino Connelly Key joint boat crew, from left, Peter Hickey, John Power, Simon Hyder, Michael Robs
THATS GOLD! The Evans Head-Casino Connelly Key joint boat crew, from left, Peter Hickey, John Power, Simon Hyder, Michael Robs

Evans Head surf crew win gold at Swansea

A SEASON of smart training by the Evans Head Casino Surf Lifesaving Club's masters boat crew was rewarded with gold at the NSW State Titles in Swansea yesterday.

The tough titles, pitting hard-bitten Sydney crews against their country counterparts, revealed technical training has improved performance of the experienced Evans Head Casino crew.

The Connolly Key Joint Shark Boat was swept by Peter Hickey, with stroke John Power, second stroke Simon Hyder, second bow Michael Robson and bowman Brett Farmer, competing in the 180 years division of the masters competition.

Around 25 athletes from Byron Bay and Lennox Head Surf Clubs are also competing in Newcastle this weekend.

As of late yesterday afternoon, Byron Bay's Shannon Hulbert-Green had already collected two medals. With partner Kim Chappell she took silver in the Under 19s board rescue. Then backed it up with bronze in the Under 19s board realy with team mates Jade Nelson-Chapman and Bridget Barnes. Back in the boats, Cudgeon-Kingscliff's 160 years division, placed third, behind Bilgola and Bondi. According to bowman Brett Farmer the win was a sensational effort, after winning their first race and placing second in the semi-final.

"We were rowing head to head with Mollymook and Queenscliff through the gate cans but led at the turning bouy and worked it all the way back," he said from the beach yesterday.

"It's a pretty good feeling but we had to work pretty hard for it."

Stroke John Power, also president of Lismore Rowing Club, said the result was the product of sensible training, employing the best in flatwater and surf technique.



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