A DIP across the finish line was enough to give the women’s beach relay team from the City of Perth Surf Lifesaving Club a medal to bring home from the recent Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Queensland.
After straining her hamstring just days before the event, fourth runner Brittany Houghton powered towards the finish line in front of a large crowd at North Kirra Beach, finishing with a strategic head dip to give the team a bronze medal.
The excitement on teammates Gabrielle Murphy, Alysse Priddis and Holly Noack’s faces was visible as the judges announced the only team from WA as the third placegetters.
“We were so stoked to receive the bronze,” Murphy said.
“Our team has been through a tough season with many obstacles to overcome, so it has just made us appreciate our result even more.”
Murphy, who also has been battling injury this season, made the final of the individual sprint, finishing in eighth position.
Queensland’s recent cyclonic weather forced the majority of water events to be cancelled, much to the disappointment of thousands of competitors from around Australia.