‘I think it’s the solid surf boat culture at each club that builds depth in the rowing talent,’ NASRL WA representative James McLaughlin said.
North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club’s open men, open women, under-23 women and under-19 men, and Cottesloe SLSC’s reserve men and under-23 men’s crews were selected after the final race of the four-leg WA round of the national competition in Scarborough this month.
Mr McLaughlin said healthy rivalry between the neighbouring clubs was a factor in the crews’ selection but all their talent had been developed by a culture of diverse training, camaraderie and success in other competitions.
‘If you come up with one or two crews that do well and start winning that eventually spreads throughout the clubs,’ he said.
Many crewmembers started rowing at school before their skills were taken to sea.
‘We all seem to come from strong river rowing backgrounds,’ U23 women crew Jessica O’Mahony said.
The crews leave next Wednesday for the NASRL championships at Stockton, NSW.