City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club member claims double bronze at World Life Saving Champs


Gabrielle Murphy (right) celebrates a bronze medal at the World Life Saving Championships in The Netherlands.
Gabrielle Murphy (right) celebrates a bronze medal at the World Life Saving Championships in The Netherlands.

CITY of Perth Surf Life Saving Club’s Gabrielle Murphy has finished her third World Life Saving Championships campaign with two bronze medals.

Competing against the world’s best in the Netherlands, Murphy (22) managed a place on the podium at Noordwijk on Monday in the open women’s beach flags.

Queensland) duo Melissa Cracroft-Wilson – a ten-time Australian champion – and Bree Masters took first and second place respectively.

Murphy said the competition was fierce, as she expected.

“There were heaps of European competitors to start with,” she said.

“But the final eight was all Aussies with the exception a South African competitor.

“Early on it wasn’t too hard but the final was as hard as Aussies.”

The ‘Aussies’ refers to the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, where Murphy placed fifth in the flags earlier this year.

The solo beach representative from City of Perth, Murphy flew the flag for the club again on Tuesday, with an impressive third place in the open women’s beach sprint.

Masters (21) took the top spot in the sprint, ahead of fellow club member and Aussie Nicole Kay.

North Cottesloe’s Tegan Maffescioni finished in fifth place.

Athletes from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, The Netherlands and more countries contested 41 pool and ocean events over the past fortnight.

New Zealand took the overall top spot, with Australia coming in a close second and France third.

The 2018 World Life Saving Championships will be held at Adelaide’s Glenelg Beach.