Coast stars fin­ish worlds in style

SURF LIFE­SAV­ING:

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT -

Alexan­dra Head­land’s Lani Pal­lis­ter capped off a re­mark­able world cham­pi­onship cam­paign in fine form, but the teenager says there’s plenty of room for im­prove­ment.

In Aus­tralian and club colours, the 16-year-old amassed 13 gold medals, both in­di­vid­ual and team, dur­ing her two-week de­but at the Life­sav­ing World Cham­pi­onships in Ade­laide.

The event wrapped with Pal­lis­ter crowned the women’s world open surf cham­pion.

She backed up that in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance by help­ing her club earn world ti­tles in Ocean­woman and Ocean Life­saver re­lays as well.

“It was a very suc­cess­ful car­ni­val but I’m start­ing to feel a bit home­sick not be­ing on the Sunny Coast and af­ter be­ing away for a week or two,” she said.

Even though she com­peted for her coun­try and at an open level too, Pal­lis­ter was hum­ble when de­scrib­ing her achieve­ments.

“It was a lit­tle bit of a con­fi­dence booster but I’ve still got plenty of work to do be­fore be­ing com­fort­able rac­ing in the open di­vi­sions,” she said.

Of all her glory, it was the surf race tri­umph that proved par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable for Pal­lis­ter.

“It’s pretty high (on the list) and I think it’s one of the few achieve­ments that I’m go­ing to re­mem­ber for a long time,” she said.

Pal­lis­ter was a stand­outof a bevy of Coast ath­letes, but cer­tainly wasn’t alone in achiev­ing world suc­cess on the week­end.

Ma­roochy­dore’s Mad­die Howe was crowned world cham­pion in the 50m manikin carry dur­ing the youth pool events.

Howe placed sec­ond in the 100m res­cue med­ley and was part of Ma­roochy­dore’s sil­ver medal ef­forts in the 4x25m manikin re­lay.

She also claimed bronze in the 100m manikin carry and was part of the team which won gold in the 4x50m med­ley re­lay.

PHOTO: HARVPIX

WIN­NERS: Lani, Alyssa, Olivia and Tiarrn.

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