Tight competition

Mullaloo: Brett Gould won 18 medals in the Senior State Champs. Picture: MTK Photography
Mullaloo: Brett Gould won 18 medals in the Senior State Champs. Picture: MTK Photography

Scarborough Beach hosted the Senior State Championships, with Sorrento coming third overall and Mullaloo finishing close behind in fourth.

Mullaloo competition manager Sandy Clarke said the club entered 106 members into the senior event.

‘The Mullaloo boys were unstoppable, with gold in every under-17 male water event except for the ski relay, where they won silver,’ Clarke said.

Ben Jones won the ironman and rescue tube, Nicholas de Bomford the surf race, Alex Baker the ski and Eric Fortmann the board race, with Wes Gould and Jake Smith joining them to win all but one of the team events.

Clarke said the Senior State Championships also took into account results from previous events including pool rescue, belt racing, rescue and resuscitation, IRB racing, first aid,and champion patrol.

She noted outstanding performances from under-19 competitors Brett Gould, who won a total of 23 medals, and Josh Clarke, who won 14, and under-17 competitors Wes Gould with 21 and Jake Smith who won 17.

‘It is the efforts of all competitors through placings up to sixth that culminate in the overall points that Mullaloo receives and all should be congratulated,’ she said.

‘One of the highlights was the Mullaloo six-man taplin team who, although not winning a medal, were the youngest group to contest the open men’s event up against some of the biggest names in the sport and came in a narrow fourth.’

Mullaloo finished the championships on 744 points with 47 gold medals, 31 silver and 38 bronze, not far behind Sorrento on 757 with 32 gold medals, 46 silver and 35 bronze. Quinns Mindarie came 16th with five points and one silver medal.

Trigg Beach then hosted the Junior State Championships on March 23, with Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club taking out first place for the third year running, followed by Sorrento in third.

Mullaloo had 97 juniors participating with top performances from under-11 competitor Chelsea Lynn winning two individual and one team gold medals and two team silver medals; under-12 competitor Chalise Pratt with three individual and two team gold and two team silver medals and under-14 competitor Callan Smith who won two individual gold, two team gold and two team silver medals.

‘It’s great to have made it a hat trick, to be on top for three seasons in a row is a fantastic achievement,’ Mullaloo juniors manager Dawn Jones said.

Mullaloo had a total of 726.5 points with 46 gold, 38 silver and 35 bronze, while Sorrento finished with 491.5 and 26 gold, 23 silver and 19 bronze. Quinns Mindarie came 16th.