The NSW Country Titles at South West Rocks has been the highlight of the week for Yamba Surf Club. In its best performance for some years, the club has come away from the two day carnival with 18 gold medals, 9 silver and 5 bronze covering beach, water and boat events across the age groups from Nippers to Masters.
In what can only be described as a superb effort, our competitors, officials, team co-ordinations and supporters have pulled together to ensure a great all round result for the club which has ended in 8th position in the pointscore from a field of 40 participating clubs.
There were 6 individual gold medalists over the event – Kalani Ives (4), Bobbie Winger (3), Jane Lawrence (2), Ben Morris (2), Jill Ennever (1) and Jim Dougherty(1). Five team gold medals were won by the crews in the male Reserve Boat, female Reserve boat, Masters 120yrs male boat and Masters 120 yrs female boat, as well as the U/17 female beach relay team. Yamba boat captain Rod McSkimming had a busy day sweeping all 5 boat crews to finish with a personal tally of 4 team gold medals and a team silver medal with the U/19 female boat crew.
Not all competitors can be winners and it was pleasing to see the small group of club members participating in team events so that others can also ‘have a go’. The club spirit exhibited in these cases is commendable.
For these events to take place there is a great deal of preliminary planning as well as ‘on beach’ support. Special thanks to our IRB support crew of James Ryan and Matt Saunders, as well as our 5 officials and 4 water safety assistants without whom the club would have been unable to compete.