Coast stars finish worlds in style
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.
WINNERS: Lani, Alyssa, Olivia and Tiarrn.