Far North Coast team member Olissa Onley (Cudgen Headland) was first in the U13 Female Board Race at the 2016 NSW Interbranch Championships held at The Lakes SLSC on the NSW Central Coast.
Far North Coast team member Olissa Onley (Cudgen Headland) was first in the U13 Female Board Race at the 2016 NSW Interbranch Championships held at The Lakes SLSC on the NSW Central Coast. Stephen Chu

FNC home to country's best surf lifesavers

SURF lifesavers from the Far North Coast ran, swam and paddled their way to take out the country standings for the fourth consecutive year and fifth place overall at the 2016 NSW Interbranch Championships.

The FNC team performed extremely well at the two-day event which was won by the Sydney branch ahead of Sydney Northern Beaches. Host branch Central Coast rounded out the podium.

Luke Chaffer (Cudgen Headland) was a standout, winning the Open Male Surf Race and coming second in the Open Ironman and third in the Open Male Board Race.

Cudgen Headland athletes dominated the water events with Olissa Onley first in the U13 Female Board Race and Lily O'Sullivan finishing second in the U13 Ironwoman.

Young Nathan Mackenzie flew the flag for Lennox Head-Alstonville in the U14 events with a second and third place in the Board and Ironman.

On the beach, Brad Hunt (Byron Bay) was pipped at the post in the Youth Beach Sprint to claim silver while Cabarita Beach athletes Cahrizma Macdonald, Claudia Crawford and Reef Sommerville all had top three finishes.

"It's an awesome carnival and we always look forward to travelling down and representing the Far North Coast,” said FNC coach Scott McCartney.

"We really set our sights high as a country branch and look to improve each year and aim for the top three positions overall but unfortunately we couldn't achieve that this year.”



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