Gold hat-trick for Byron teenager
SHANNON Hulbert-Green is spoken about in high regard at the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club.
"She's one of the standouts," club official Darren Brown said.
And she certainly stood out from the pack at the Far North Coast Branch Championships at Yamba on Sunday where she came first in the open ironwoman, ski and board events.
It was the gold rush expected of the former Byron Bay High School student after she captained the open Far North Coast team in the Interbranch Championships at Redhead Beach, near Newcastle, last December.
"I've been involved in the sport since under-10s so it was an honour to lead the interbranch team," she said.
Following that, the 19-year-old cleaned up at the NSW Country Championships last month at South West Rocks where she took out five gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
Byron Bay won those championships.
"It was good to go well before the State titles (from March 9-11 at Kingscliff) and the Australian titles (from March 26 to April 1 at Kurrawa)," she said of her performance at Yamba.
"I'll take a bit of confidence out of that.
"Last year I didn't go very well at the state titles but this year I want to be up there in the finals."
Long-term, the smiling and bubbly character wants to compete on the Kellogg's Nutri Grain circuit.
"That's everyone's dream in this sport," she said.
Hulbert-Green was most impressed with her ski victory and toughed it out in a strong field to take out gold in the board event.
"I went pretty strongly in the ski race and my coach Glen Lawrence has really helped me out there," she said.
"In the board race there was a sprint to the finish line so I was happy to win that."
Hulbert-Green enjoys the responsibility that comes with being one of the top competitors at Byron Bay SLSC.
"There are a lot of good young competitors coming through at our club and many of them are showing heaps of improvement," she said.
Byron Bay A-team won the men's taplin relay, an ironman style relay event, at Yamba.
Meanwhile, in the final Kellogg's Nutri Grain ironman series event at Noosa, former Lennox Head Surf Lifesaving Club member Tanyn Lyndon came 17th.
That meant he finished 18th overall out of 21 in his rookie season.
Lennox Head head coach Lou Wilson travelled to Noosa to help mentor Lyndon over the weekend.
"Tanyn collapsed halfway through his second race with heat stroke but he did really well in his first race," he said.
Former Byron Bay competitor Brodie Moir picked up an impressive second place to finish fifth overall on the Nutri Grain ironwomen table.
Moir said she wants to finish in the top three next year.