THE Aussies Surf Life Saving Open championships brought success to WA athletes who came away with 63 medals in total.
With the sun shining and a good swell, the final day of action on the water saw City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club competitors Jayde Hardstaff and Jade Mickle come away with gold medals in the Under-19 Surf Board Rescue.
Hardstaff also became Aussie Champion with a win in the Under-19 board race, besting last year’s bronze and cementing this event as a favourite of hers.
This year Jade Mickle, reigning WA Open Ironwoman champion, made her name finishing second in the Under-19 Ironwoman.
Aussies success came again this year to Reece Baker (Trigg Island SLSC) in the double ski event, though this time it was gold in the mixed event with Alana Nicolls.
Baker teamed up again with Dan Humble to defend the open double ski though finished seventh.
The strength of Trigg Island’s ski program was evident with nine top 10 finishes in their ski events, be they team or individual.
North Cottesloe continued their State dominance in the surfboat arena, performing strongly at Alexandra Headland with the Under-23 female crew of Jessamy Burton, Kate Mannolini, Ella Wallwork, Rachel Withoos and sweep Timothy Gregg taking silver.
Earlier in open competition City of Perth scored another gold with Max Anderson Loake taking out the Under-17 champion lifesaver Aussie title adding to his State Open title, and Mullaloo’s Owen Vorster taking gold in the Under-17 2km beach run.
WA athletes have continued to exert their dominance in the 2km beach run with a total of four gold, five silver and two bronze medals across all divisions, plus another 11 top 10 placings in the event.