Byron Bay competitor Jy Timperley makes his way back up the beach at the NSW Country Championships at Mollymook.
Byron Bay competitor Jy Timperley makes his way back up the beach at the NSW Country Championships at Mollymook.

Father son duo turning tides in Country Championships

FATHER-SON duo Gary and Jy Timperley are just two reasons the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club has been so successful at the NSW Country Championships in recent years.

Byron Bay was at it again on Sunday winning the carnival for the fourth consecutive year at Mollymook on the Central Coast.

They finished more than 200 points clear of second-placed Warilla Barack Point while Cudgen came in third.

Gary Timperley had a weekend to remember winning the board, ski and rescue tube while finishing second in the ski relay of the men's 50-59 age division.

Jy competed in the under-15 boys winning the swim, second in the ironman, fourth in the board and second in the board relay.

The club has a strong base of nippers and senior competitors and in many cases is a family affair.

"There are plenty of families involved here," Gary Timperley said.

"You've got Simon Balcon and his daughter Darcie.

"Jo Kay and her three kids are always competing; so is the McMullen family and the Murrays'

"Karen Irwin goes really well and so does her daughter Kisane."

Other top performers for Byron Bay at the weekend were Joel Martin, Zoe Heiniger, Frederick Middleton, Beau Carter, Meeka Campbell and Bradley Hunt.

The landslide win can be attributed to the amount of competitors who took part in team events.

"Our biggest strength is that we have a lot of people enter the team events," Timperley said.

"It's great to get the individual results but it really is a team effort.

"We didn't have any open competitors but a lot of kids from the under-17s stepped up and did really well.

"It was a great team bonding experience for the nippers all the way through to seniors,"

The Far North Coast branch also had Ballina and Lennox Head finish in top 20.

Byron Bay surfing legend Gary Timperley. Photo The Northern Star Archives
Byron Bay surfing legend Gary Timperley. Photo The Northern Star Archives Northern Star Archives


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