Triple treat for Cud­gen life­saver

Lily wins three Aus­tralian golds

The Northern Star - - SPORT - MITCHELL CRAIG mitchell.craig@northernstar.com.au

FAR North Coast com­peti­tor Lily O’Sul­li­van has won three gold medals at the Aus­tralian Surf Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships at Scar­bor­ough Beach in West­ern Aus­tralia.

It has al­ready been a stel­lar sea­son for the Cud­gen teenager and she now has three Aus­tralian medals on her first at­tempt at a na­tional level.

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing at NSW Coun­try and State Level this sum­mer O’Sul­li­van stepped up to win the Un­der-14 iron­woman, board race, and swim events.

It was a per­for­mance that didn’t sur­prise Cud­gen coach Scott Mc­Cart­ney who men­tors a highly tal­ented group of wa­ter ath­letes who have been the dom­i­nant per­form­ers from the FNC branch.

“I was de­lighted to see Lily’s

LILY TREATS EV­ERY SES­SION LIKE AN AUSSIE FI­NAL SO WHEN SHE GETS ON THE START LINE IT’S NOTH­ING NEW FOR HER. SCOTT MC­CART­NEY

re­sults and it’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic to see that all of her huge ef­forts while train­ing have been re­warded,” Mc­Cart­ney said.

“Lily treats ev­ery ses­sion like an Aussie fi­nal so when she gets on the start line it’s noth­ing new for her.

“She wants to beat any­one and is al­ways striv­ing to im­prove and is al­ways fo­cused on how she can im­prove.”

Cud­gen are no strangers to gold medals with Mc­Cart­ney go­ing into the event as the NSW State cham­pion in the open board res­cue with Luke Chaf­fer.

Olissa On­ley was the NSW gold medal­list in the Un­der-15 2km beach run.

Mean­while, New South Wales is mak­ing its mark in the com­pe­ti­tion with a num­ber of Syd­ney com­peti­tors among the medal win­ners.

North Cronulla flier Lucy Flana­gan who is a dou­ble gold medal­list af­ter her wins in the Un­der14 Beach Flags and Sprint events.

Flana­gan showed her speed in the pure sprint to down Kiara Ry­ch­val­sky (Ma­roochy­dore), and Coogee’s Ruby Thomasyu.

Coogee’s Holly Abbey also im­pressed on the sand win­ning the Un­der-15 fe­male beach flag event.

She was a fi­nal­ist in the beach sprint, and com­bined with Annabelle Wendler, Ruby Thomasyu and El­iz­a­beth Tan­ner to fin­ish with a sil­ver medal in the Un­der-15 beach re­lay.

It was a good week­end for Swansea Bel­mont young guns Ni­co­las Stod­dart and Saxon Coates.

Stod­dart added to his tro­phy col­lec­tion by tak­ing out the Un­der-15 board ti­tle (af­ter claim­ing gold the pre­vi­ous sea­son), and was a semi-fi­nal­ist in the Iron­man.

TRI­FECTA: Cud­gen com­peti­tor Lily O'Sul­li­van has won three gold medals at the Aus­tralian Surf Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships at Scar­bor­ough Beach in West­ern Aus­tralia. Photo: Stephen Chu

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