Spirit of true champions
By ADAM WRATTEN
IS the next Carly Gilbert, Reen Corbett, Guy Andrews or Trevor Hendy pictured above?
This group of talented young lifesavers has just won the NSW country junior championships for the third year in a row.
It's plain to see they love their sport and are hungry for more success.
Cudgen Headland Surf Club took 42 junior lifesavers to Pambula on the state's south coast for last weekend's championships with high hopes of a club record third successive win.
The lifesavers, aged between eight and 14, showed true champion spirit fighting off the determined efforts of arch rivals Warillga-Barrick Point.
Their efforts are a fitting reward for the hard work coaches Phil Klein and Ken Small have put in.
And, as with all champion teams, the club is not content to rest on its laurels. It is already looking ahead to future glory. Lifesavers have a busy time ahead with the NSW state titles at Umina on the central coast in late February and the Far North Coast Branch titles at Ballina prior to that.
Club members who competed at the country championships are Ben Andrews, Debbie Andrews, Jade Andrews, Leezel Andrews, Ryan Andrews, Shelly Armstrong, Joe Bailey, Alexa Barr, Charles Brincat, Lucas Buchanon, Hayden Crouch, Joshua Crouch, Remy Cutcher, Kurt Fechner, Mick Grover, Tom Grover, Jessica Hunter, Alice Hurt, Letarcia Hurt, Michaela Hurt, Oliver Illingworth, Patrick Illingworth, Ben James, Jarrod James, Mitchell James, Hannah Julius, Codie Klein, Dylan Klein, Brooke Middleton, Tyler Middleton, Jack O'Brian, Conner Patterson, Amie Smith, Katie Smith, Luke Spence, Shanon Stewauld, Jessie Umbers, Jake Vickery, Samantha Vickery, Marriki Watego, Elliot Williams and Jordan Watler.