Surf­ing clubs com­bine forces

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - CAREERS -

TAK­ING to the waves isn’t all about ri­val­ries and a band­ing to­gether of two clubs on the Coffs Coast has proven it.

Ear­lier this month, Sawtell and Wool­go­olga board­rid­ers clubs com­bined to en­ter a ju­nior girls’ team for the first time in the Kirra teams chal­lenge.

“We have al­ways had a strong re­la­tion­ship with Woopi and to ben­e­fit the re­gion we de­cided to com­bine the girls’ team to cre­ate a path­way for the younger girls. This will be a cat­a­lyst for years to come,” Ger­ard O’Sul­li­van, pres­i­dent of the Sawtell Board­rid­ers Club, said.

The girls team came in 10th place out of the clubs across the east coast on their maiden comp, a re­sult mak­ing their clubs proud.

The Sawtell boys’ team also placed 10th, their top po­si­tion, beat­ing strong clubs in­clud­ing Merewether, Kirra and Narrabeen.

“Wins from two of our boys, Jean Gaud and Bos­ton Phillips, as­sisted in our great re­sult,” O’Sul­li­van said.

“Bos­ton man­aged to get the only per­fect 10 in the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion.

Sawtell Board­rid­ers Club con­trib­utes its grow­ing suc­cess to putting time and re­sources into de­vel­op­ing young surfers.

“Sawtell Surf School con­trib­utes free coach­ing and video anal­y­sis ev­ery week to our grom­mets which re­ally en­hances our ju­nior de­vel­op­ment. We have one of the high­est num­bers of young girls in our club out of all board­rid­ers clubs be­tween New­cas­tle and the Gold Coast.”

Photo: Con­trib­uted

RID­ING HIGH: Sawtell Board­rid­ers cel­e­brate some great re­sults at Kirra.

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