Metres in the medals
By Adam Hicks and Steve Spinks email@example.com IT came down to a matter of metres. That's all that separated Lennox Head's Nadi Canning from a medal in the open ironwoman at the NSW Surf Lifesaving Championships at Swansea yesterday.
Canning, who has a meteoric rise through the women's ranks this season following a 16th placing at the prestigious Coolangatta Gold, finished fourth in the blue ribbon women's event.
Only high-profile competitors Naomi Flood, Candice Falzon and Amanda White beat the medical science student.
Flood was a clear winner but Falzon, White and Canning all hit the beach together with Canning missing the medal.
"It's really looking good for Nadi for the Australian Championships (in April)," Lennox coach Lou Wilson said.
"She's worked really hard to come back and she's pretty much ready to go."
In other results, Byron Bay dynamo Shannon Hulbert-Green continued her strong season on the board.
She claimed a silver with Kim Chappell in the Under-19 board rescue; a silver in the Under-19s board relay along with Chappell and Bridget Barnes; a gold in the Under-17 rescue tube; and a gold in the Under-17 board relay with Ellie Battese and Jade Nelson-Chapman. The gold in the board relay was won in an exciting sprint finish.
Chappell finished second in the Under-19 ski race.
Lennox Head's Tahnee Flemming, who competes for Cudgen, claimed second in the Under-17 ski.
Lennox's Under-15 boys surf team claimed third with Ben Condie, Nathan Diehm, Hayden Thomas and Michael Barnett all swimming well.
Unfortunately, club mate Tanyn Lyndon was a late withdrawal from the finals of the Under-17s ironman due to a respiratory infection.