Yamba smashing through Kingscliff’s shore break.
Yamba smashing through Kingscliff’s shore break. Scott Powick

Yamba mums outdo the boys

YAMBA Surf Life Saving Club’s women’s masters surf boat crew showed the boys how it was done yesterday.

During the Cudgen Headland SLSC’s State Age Surf Life Saving Championships, sponsored by Allphones, the Yamba Boilers team of Mel O’Mahony, Leah Essex, Carla Spooner, Jo King and Rod McSkinning on sweep picked up silver during their first state titles.

Essex said their silver medal final was a straight-up final as there were not enough teams to warrant heats.

“This is our second season rowing, and we’re all mothers with 10 kids between us,” she said.

Light on-shore breezes, general sunshine and swells peaking at a maximum of three-feet made the day less-than challenging for the surf boats.

But Essex said the shore break was still a bit of a struggle to get through and “we punched right through it”.

“That’s how we beat Coogee, but Batemans scored the gold,” Essex said.

“We’re very happy with the result, stoked really, and it’s just nice to go home with a medal.”

Though Yamba still triumphed over them the Coogee SLSC boasted an interesting crew member: the only female sweep within the masters, Rebecca Hamilton.

Yamba’s men’s team of Andrew Cumberland, Wayne Ringland, Ben Plunkett, Brendan O’Mahony and Rod McSkinning again on sweep did not fare as well in the first state titles for their crew and boat.

“We got fourth in the first heat, and managed to get into the second,” O’Mahony said.



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