By Tania Phillips
CUDGEN Headland lifesavers capped off their most successful competitive season yet with a sensational performance at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championship on the Gold Coast at the weekend.
Awesome foursome Scott McCartney, Jarrad Cain, Robby Miles and Noah Outteridge produced a inspired performance to claim gold in the under-19 surf swim at Kurrawa on Saturday.
The quartet were awarded the Australian title on countback after finishing level with Sydney heavyweights Queenscliff.
"We knew we were in up there with a chance(based on NSW results) but we also knew we had to swim really well (to win)," McCartney said.
"We were really stoked ... especially getting the medal on the first day of competition. We were in every under-19 race and it set us up for the titles."
The Cudgen team backed up their gold medal performance with bronze in the prestigious Taplin relay and only narrowly missed a medal in the single ski relay, finishing fifth.
"We were unbeaten in NSW and Queensland going into the Aussies," McCartney said. "We are still happy with our result, although we probably should have medalled."
The Cudgen under-15 team continued the medal haul, claiming a gold (swim) and two bronze medals (board and cameron relays).
Cudgen, which won the NSW Country Championships and was the most successful country club at the NSW State Championships, finished the Australian titles ranked 21st out of 150 clubs.