Australian surf lifesaving titles Day 2: Teen causes Ironman shock, big names miss cut, photos
A teenager caused a stir in the Ironman semifinals, two favorites were eliminated while a defending champion issued a warning in an action-packed second day of the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships. Wrap
An unknown teenager and his best pal from a rival state caused a stir in the Ironman semifinals at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, while two big names were eliminated and the defending champion issued a warning.
Former Australian Champion KendrickLouis by Manly and other pre-race favorites Matt Bevilacqua von Northcliff both failed to make the cut as defending champions in their steamy semifinals Ali day (Surfers Paradise) finished a stress-free seventh place in their semifinals.
Wanda student and bartender Noah Steiner19, led a NSW sweep home in his semifinals, finishing in front of Redhead DanCollins and Newports Jackson Borg. His best buddy Municipality of Auden finished third behind Northcliff’s teammates JoeCollins And Zach Morris in the second semifinal.
“Auden and I are best friends, so hopefully we can fly under the radar a little bit,” said Steiner, who won the Interstate Ironman earlier this year but is yet to qualify for the Nutri-Grain Ironman series. made his debut in the Parish this season.
Parish, who started his surf lifesaver with Avoca and Terrigal on the Central Coast before moving to the Gold Coast with his family, said his goal with Aussies was to reach his first open final.
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“I’m pretty proud to be doing this,” he said.
“At least in the final I don’t have a target on my back like the others.”
The biggest target will be on Day’s back as he chases his third straight Australian crown.
Day, who suffers from depression, said he feels great and is “healthy and happy,” in an ominous warning to rivals.
“I stood on that starting line today and I said to myself, this is exactly where I want to be and I’m going to make the best of it,” he said.
The Australian Ironman crown will be decided in Perth on Sunday
IRONMAN FINALS FIELD; Jay Furniss (Cronulla); Alastair Day (Surfer’s Paradise); Daniel Collins (redhead); Joe Collins (Northcliffe); Drew Green (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); Cooper Williams (Alexandra Headland); Zach Morris (Northcliffe); Finn Askew (Surfer’s Paradise); Max Beattie (Surfer’s Paradise); Jackson Borg (Newport); Ben Carberry (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); Cory Taylor (Northcliffe); Noah Steiner (Wanda); Charlie Verco (North Bondi); Hayden Cotter (male); Parish of Auden (Northcliffe)
Ironwoman’s semifinals were less controversial than Noosa’s Carla Papacthe Coolangatta Gold Champion formerly of Wanda Surf Club in Sydney, the biggest name to miss the final cut.
Favorites including defending champions Courtney Hancock, Harriet Brown and Lizzie Welborn did what they had to do to progress with the semifinals being won by Northcliffe’s Naomi Scott and Maroochydore Tiarne Massie.
Surfers Paradise’s Lucy Derbyshire is a wild youngster hoping to make an impression with her Open Iron debut.
The former South Australian hopes her childhood race and flat-water competition at Glenelg will serve well for the finale at waveless Scarborough.
“It’s actually pretty similar conditions, which is good,” said Derbyshire, 20, a rising star of the sport.
Welborn, from Newport, said the Australian Championships is the first surfing event she’s competed in in flatwater this season.
“I try not to think too much about the conditions beforehand. You just have to go out there and take what you can get,” she said.
The Ironwoman is wide open following an injury to three-time Australian champion Georgia Miller that sidelined her for the season.
IRONWOMAN FINALS FIELD: Lily O’Sullivan (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); Jade Slee (Northcliffe); Lizzie Welborn (Newport); Olivia Corrin (Northcliffe); Danielle McKenzie (Northcliffe); Brielle Cooper (Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park); Tiarnee Massie (Maroochydore); Naomi Scott (Northcliffe); Hannah Sculley (Northcliffe); Emma Woods (Alexandra Headland); Harriet Brown (Northcliffe); Lucy Derbyshire (Surfer’s Paradise); Bella Williams (Northcliffe); Grace Harris (Alexandra Headland); Lana Rogers (Alexandra Headland); Courtney HancockSurfer’s Paradise
Tokyo Olympian Riley Fitzsimmons has teamed up with clubmate and top Northcliff ironwoman Danielle McKenzie for Thursday’s mixed doubles ski competition with the Aussies.
Fitzsimmons, who grew up in Avoca on the Central Coast, paddled at the Tokyo Olympics and is on course to compete at the 2024 Paris Games, won numerous Australian kayaking medals at the national titles before the Australians started.
He is now working towards winning his first ever single ski crown.
“I didn’t make it to the finals last year, so I’m pretty excited,” he said.
A standout club performance for the Aussies on Thursday was that of Kurrawa in the 2K Beach Run.
Alex Lyndon won the women’s open race and Sam McAuliffe the men’s race.
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