Nadi Canning competing for Cudgen in the NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks.
Nadi Canning competing for Cudgen in the NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks. Surf Life Saving NSW

FNC Whitewash at surf lifesaving championships

FAR North Coast club Cudgen took out the NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships in emphatic fashion ending the six-year reign of rivals Byron Bay.

Cudgen finished the two-day carnival at South West Rocks on 1105 points with the next closest rival Sawtell way back on 541.

Byron Bay finished third on 473 points while Lennox Head came fifth with 301.

"The whole club has put in a lot of work since the last Championships and have been determined to get the victory and to do it so convincingly this time round, it's a credit to the team and the rest of the club,” Cudgen surf sports director Matthew Bell said.

"We had around 70 nippers here this weekend and our more experienced athletes like Scott McCartney and Nadi Canning are big mentors for the kids and push the whole team to give their best.”

While sheer numbers helped pave the way for Cudgen, some outstanding performances from key competitors saw them hammer home the win

Anthea Warne won the Under-17 female board, surf and ironwoman, then backed-up to win the open surf race as well.

Luke Chaffer claimed the Under-19 board, ski and ironman along with the open ski and Ironman.

And it was a Cudgen-only presentation for the open board race with Scott McCartney, Rory Matthews and Chaffer all on the podium.

However, it was in the teams events where the club demonstrated almost total domination over its rivals.

Cudgen secured a trifecta in the beach relays winning the Under-17, Under-19 and open event in both male and female divisions.

Wins in the premier team event, the taplin relay were also recorded in open male and female, and Under-17 and Under-19 male.

In her first year of racing in the opens, Hayley Smith dominated in the Under-15s winning beach flags, board, ironwoman and rescue tube races.

The other surprise result of the championships was Sawtell finishing second on the overall pointscore, the best result the club can recall getting at this event.

The North Coast club has had the benefit of an influx of new competitors this season and was consistent throughout the weekend.

Lennox Head also gave a good account of itself and was third on points at the end of the first day.

Competitors will now switch their focus to the NSW State championships before the Aussies on the Gold Coast next month.



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