WA dominates at Australian Surf Life Saving Championships


Trigg Island’s Reece Baker (front) and Daniel Humble celebrate winning the open male double ski.
Trigg Island’s Reece Baker (front) and Daniel Humble celebrate winning the open male double ski.

LOCAL surf lifesavers achieved outstanding results at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

The Aussies wrapped up in Scarborough on Saturday after bad weather forecast cancelled Sunday’s program.

WA competitors dominated on the beach, with Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club’s Jackson Symonds winning the open male beach sprint. The win etched Symonds into the surf lifesaving history books, becoming the first runner in more than 50 years to win a fourth Australian title.

“It’s been a long season, training through winter and managing injuries but it is all worthwhile when you can come here in front of your family and friends and the surf club crew and win The Aussies,” he said.

“I really do it because I love it and I have to thank everyone at Sorrento. I could not have done it without them.”

Scarboro’s Hannah Jones won the under-17 female 2km beach run, North Cottesloe’s Sophie Hogan won the under-19 event and Charlie Rigby, of Sorrento, won the under-19 male beach sprint.

It was second and third place for Swanbourne Nedlands in the open female 2km beach run, with Bernadette Williams finishing ahead of Maia Simmonds.

There was a close finish in the open male single ski relay race, with the Trigg Island team of Daniel Humble, Reece Baker and Todd Brewer just edged out to finish second.

Baker and Humble got their redemption when they took out the open male double ski.

Trigg Island’s six-member team won silver in the open male taplin relay and member Douglas Lewin won the under-19 male surf board riding event ahead of Cottesloe’s Oliver Line in third.

City of Perth’s Simon Huitenga won the restricted male surf race and finished third in the open male 2km ocean swim, while teammates Tom Gallagher, Matthew Colliss and Riley Walker won gold in the under 19 male board relay, and Katherine Schutze and Christine Burke won the open mixed first aid event.

Jarrad Davies, of Cottesloe, took out the open male Malibu long board riding and open male surf board riding titles, with Sorrento’s Troy Morgan finishing third in the latter.

It was a clean sweep for WA in the under-17 mixed march past as Trigg Island won gold ahead of Mullaloo in second place and North Cottesloe in third, while Sorrento finished second in the under-23 mixed category and third in the open mixed event.

The Aussies return to the Gold Coast for 2019 and 2020.

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