Winner likes surf more than cruises

BYRON BAY competitor Heli Murray has been a standout at the NSW Surf Lifesaving Championships at Umina Beach on the Central Coast.

Murray walked away with gold in the women's 40-44 ironwoman, board and ski events.

She also won silver in the 2km beach run.

Murray has only been involved in the sport for about three years and also won four gold medals at the Rescue Life Saving World Championships in Adelaide last year.

"Some mums get together and go on cruises for their holidays," Murray said.

"I'm not really the cruise type so I come to these events.

"My kids did nippers and I've always swum.

"I like to be active, and in the ocean and in surf life-saving there's a nice sense of community and belonging."

Byron Bay finished third on overall points in the masters section of the state carnival.

The club collected gold in multiple events including the 130 years female board relay, 45 years plus women's double ski and 50-55 female tube race.

Gai Coleman, Helen Jarvis, Vicki McCain and Karen Irwin were part of team events.

Karen is married to club coach Paul Irwin and has been involved in the Byron Bay club for four decades.

"Everyone in the team has their strengths," Irwin said.

Kay came fourth in the 40-44 ironwoman and third in the single ski.

The men didn't disappoint either with Geoff Brodin, Colin Mustoe and Gary Timperly winning the 150-years board relay.

Brodin, Timperly and Max Tutt also won the 170-years taplin relay. Brodin took out the 50-4 male board race with Fred Middleton winning the 60-64 male single ski. Middleton, Mustoe and Murray Saul also came fourth in the Taplin relay. John Fleming also had success in the ski event.



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