Australian Champion Club - 14 Years in a Row!
BMD Northcliffe Surf Club has taken out the Australian Surf Life Saving Champion Club title for the 14th consecutive year, despite a heavily reduced program due to extreme weather caused by ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie. Many competitors were left devastated after being informed by SLSA that all remaining water events were to be cancelled on Friday night due to anticipated poor water quality and deteriorating surf conditions.
Despite this disappointment, BMD Northcliffe had some fantastic results in the oceans swims, surf rescue events and board riding which were all held earlier in the week as well as some team events that were held on Wednesday before the cancellation of the remaining water events. In the 2km ocean swims the club amassed a staggering 55 points with special mention to Laura Taylor taking gold in the U19 Female 2km. Our Surf Rescue team also contributed a massive 43 points with Callum Breetzke, Jarrod Shute and Georgia Moore all taking out their respective Champion Lifesaver events and our U17 Patrol Team also claiming gold.
With a handy points lead heading in to Wednesday, the club took a clean sweep of all the surf team events that were contested winning the U17, U19 and Open Female as well as the U17 Male Surf Team. Our open girls also claimed victory in the Board Relay. The only events to be contested on Thursday were the 2km Runs with Ella Coates defending her open title to claim gold for the second year in a row.
In Masters Competition, our small team of ladies led the way with Lee Vrolyks taking 9 gold medals and Tiarne Smith and Anna Ballara taking home 6 golds each. Stephen Fry also took home an impressive 5 gold medals. BMD Northcliffe ended up in second place overall in the masters pointscore behind Bondi.
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Courtney Wins Coolangatta Gold
Courtney Hancock has claimed her second Coolangatta Gold victory in an emotional win yesterday. After a disappointing season last season, Courtney refocused in the off season and was in great shape leading in to the event. Courtney led the initial ski leg but really made her move in the swim leg where she surged away from the rest of the field. After the board leg and final run home to Coolangatta, Courtney had a comfortable margin, winning by almost 4 minutes.
In the men's race, we had two top 10 finishers with Taddy McDonnell in 8th and Jake Nicholson rounding out the top 10. Tiarne Smith continued her dominance of the event taking out the 30 - 39 masters division. Bruckner Chase claimed silver in the 50+ male category with Scott Oxenford finishing 3rd.
In the short course event held on Saturday, Ben Cochrane finished 2nd in the elite male category.
BMD Northcliffe Results1st Elite Female Long Course - Courtney Hancock
1st 30-39 Female Long Course - Tiarne Smith
2nd Elite Male Short Course - Ben Cochrane
2nd 50+ Male Long Course - Brukner Chase
3rd 50+ Male Long Course - Scott Oxenford
5th U19 Female Short Course - Kate Taylor
6th 50+ Male Short Course - Andrew Botha
7th U19 Female Short Course - Grace Rosato
8th Elite Male Long Course - Jarryd McDonnell
10th Elite Male Long Course - Jake Nicholson
10th U19 Male Short Course - Bayden Botha
16th U19 Male Short Course - Harry Crouch
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BMD Northcliffe Retain World Championship Crown
BMD Northcliffe have defended their World Championship status with a dominant victory at Rescue 2016 in the Netherlands. The club amassed a total of 928 points, winning 16 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals to claim the overall title by a staggering 271 points.
Competition began with 3 days at the beach at Noordwijk with BMD Northcliffe dominating most of the water events. Shannon Eckstein won 6 gold from 6 events taking a clean sweep of all of the male individual water events. Harriet overcame her major setback of breaking her jaw in the off season to secure her biggest win of her career to take out the Ironwoman. Courtney Hancock won the Surf Race and Danielle McKenzie won gold in the Ski Race. Kristyl Smith and Maddy Dunn claimed gold in the female Board Rescue with Shannon and Caine partnering for the first time to claim gold in the men?s event. BMD Northcliffe finished on a high note at the beach winning both the male and female Taplin Relays and the Ocean Pointscore.
Competition then moved to the pool in Einhoven where our success continued. BMD Northcliffe had not won a gold medal in the pool since 1992 but after day one of competition we had won three. Gold to Samantha Lee in the 200m Obstacles, with Amy Levings claiming silver, another Gold to Samantha teaming up with Danielle McKenzie in the Line Throw and our girls also won the 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay. Samantha went on to win the 100m Manikin Carry and the 100m Rescue Medley for a total of 4 gold, 2 silver and a bronze in the pool ? a fantastic effort considering these events are normally dominated by the Europeans.
In the Youth Championships, Mitchell Coombes won gold in the Youth Board and Ironman, silver in the Youth Surf Race and Bronze in the Youth Ski Race.
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