Cudgen trio wins gold at state championships
CUDGEN trio Luke Chaffer, Olissa Onley and Scott McCartney won gold medals at the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships at Swansea Belmont.
Chaffer and McCartney won the open board rescue and Onley took out the Under-15 female 2km beach run.
Cudgen was the top- performing club from the Far North Coast branch, finishing 17th overall.
Josh Jones continued his run of success with a second place in the Under-17 male board race, and Rory Matthews and Kai Onley came second in the Under-13 board rescue.
A handful of athletes from other clubs found their way on to the podium with Lennox Head's Nathan Mackenzie second in the Under-15 male board race.
Ballina had a small contingent with Jack Graham-Jones winning a bronze medal in the Under-19 male 2km beach run.
Cudgen flexed its muscle in the team events, with Mette Klinkers, Paige Leishman and Anthea Warne picking up third in the Under-17 single ski relay.
Warne also won bronze in the Under-17 female board rescue with Hayley Smith.
Boasting a final point score more than double that of the nearest club, Newport was a convincing winner ahead of Manly.
Georgia Miller was the favourite going into the open female water events and she did not disappoint, taking out the board, ski, surf and ironwoman events.
Miller established a solid lead in the swim leg of the ironwoman and built on it to win convincingly.
The Saxon Bird Memorial Trophy was won for the second year by James De Vries from Shelly Beach.
The Jacob Lollback Trophy was presented to Chris King from Elouera who won the Under-19 board race.
Finals day also had champions decided in the surf boats, and the Bulli Gelcon crew cemented itself by taking its fifth open men's title in a row.