ABOVE: Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club's Luke Chaffer has had a busy month of competition.
ABOVE: Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club's Luke Chaffer has had a busy month of competition. Stephen Chu

Chaffer flying the FNC flag

IT HAS been a busy month for Far North Coast surf lifesaver Luke Chaffer after he competed for New South Wales at the Australian Interstate Titles on the Sunshine Coast.

The Cudgen competitor was the only representative from the FNC Branch and represented at the interstate level for a second straight year.

Chaffer also joined Byron Bay and Cudgen teammates when they represented NSW Country in a Trans Tasman series against New Zealand earlier this month.

They won that competition while NSW finished second behind Queensland at the interstate titles at Alexandria Headland at the weekend.

Chaffer competed in the youth part of the competition where they were beaten by a single point.

NSW fielded one of its strongest teams with plenty of experienced campaigners in both the open and youth squads.

Jemma Smith, Lizzie Welborn, Max Brooks, Georgia Miller and Jay Furniss are all involved in the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series, while Rio Olympian Riley Fitzsimmons also competed.

It was the start of new era for the NSW team with it being the first competition without long-serving coach Jeff Mowbray who retired last season.

"It's quite a young team but they've all got what I like to call 'youth drive',” team manager Stephen Marley said. "They are all very experienced at match racing and in this type of competition you've got to be very tactical as well.”

Chaffer will now set his sights on representing Cudgen at the NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks next week.

Byron Bay is aiming for its seventh straight win at the country championships but can expect some tough opposition from Cudgen.

Cudgen had the most members in the NSW Country team, with Nadine Canning, Josh Jones, Angus Macphail, Anthea Warne, Shaylla Young and Chaffer going to New Zealand.

Byron will be hoping for strong performances from the likes of Caitlin Callahan, Brad Hunt and Jy Timperley.



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