Hard training Byron teen to represent NSW in national comp
SELECTION in the NSW Interstate team has capped a big year for Byron Bay surf lifesaver Ela Heiniger.
Heiniger will represent NSW for the first time after impressive performances for Far North Coast at the Interbranch Championships on the Central Coast at the weekend.
The 16-year-old went to New Zealand in a NSW under-18 development tour earlier this year and was named junior sports person of the year at the Byron Shire Council Australia Day awards.
"Its exciting, the hard work has paid off," Heiniger said.
"I want to compete on the Nutri-Grain series one day and this is another step towards that.
"I'm not sure what events I'll be competing in yet but it will probably be pool rescue and some other water events."
Byron Bay teammate Josh Brown has also been selected in the NSW Interstate team along with Cudgen pair Luke Chaffer and Kendal Fitzgibbons.
FNC had about 42 competitors compete at the interbranch titles.
They finished fifth on overall points behind Sydney, Northern Beaches, Central Coast and Hunter.
FNC was the top Country club ahead of Illawarra, South Coast, North Coast, Mid North Coast, Lower North Coast and Far South Coast.
Heiniger was a member of the Brunswick Heads Club for nippers and has been competing with Byron Bay for the last two years.
Byron Bay competitor Shannon Hulbert-Green was another standout in the open competition.
"It's all about team bonding and it is great to be getting back into after having a few years off," she said.
Other FNC competitors who performed well were Nadi Canning, Ellie Leaver and Jarrad Cain.