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    2019 - 07.17

    Shoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club members who competed at the recent NSW Country SLS championships at Mollymook, (back) Annika Janos, Leanne Janos, Karen Saad, (front) Taylah Flack, Angus Pryde, Alexis Saaghy and Kasey Flack.SHOALHAVEN Heads Surf Life Saving Clubreturned from the NSW Country Championships recently with a host of medal winners and some enthusiastic first-time competitors.
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    Mollymook Surf Life Saving Club held the championships for the second consecutive year on the weekend and the event proved to be very successful once again.

    Shoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club was one of the local clubs who attended the championships with competitors ranging from nippers through to masters.

    Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club took out the carnival overall with local team Mollymook close behind in fourth.

    Fellow Shoalhaven clubs, Nowra-Culburra finished 11th overall and Shoalhaven Heads finished in 21st position.

    A shining light for Shoalhaven Heads was Angus Pryde who collected three gold medals in the under 17’s division, finishing top of the standings in each of his pet events, the beach sprint, flags and two kilometre beach run.

    It was a big week for Pryde who also competed in the eight day Trans-Tasman competition the week leading up to the Country championships at Mollymook.

    Pryde competed for NSW Country against Central Coast and Northern New Zealand at Warilla, Shellharbour and Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Clubs.

    “The conditions for the Trans-Tasman’s couldn’t have been better,” said Pryde.

    “It was tough conditions in the water which meant it brought out the best surf life saving competitors and not just the pool swimmers,” he said.

    Pryde faired strongly in the sprints, flags and relay helping his NSW Country team to an overall win for the first time in Australia.

    “We we’re stoked to get the win… it’s the first time we have won on home soil so that was pretty special to be a part of,” he said.

    Pryde has been a member of the Shoalhaven Heads Surf Life Saving Club for a decade and remembers what it was like starting out and competing in the sport.

    “When I get the opportunity to work with the younger members and the nippers I really enjoy it because I remember when I first started competing, I wasn’t the best, I just gave it a go,” he said.

    “Sometimes some of the younger kids can get disappointed with their results and I know what that’s like, so I enjoy helping them when I’m around,” said Pryde.

    Taylah Flack, 10, took part in her first NSW Country surf life saving tournament on the weekend and said it was an enjoyable experience.

    “It was really fun and also challenging,” she said.

    “It was pretty scary and tense cause there was a lot of people there, but we got to meet people from other surf life saving clubs which was good,” said Flack.

    Kasey Flack, 8, and Alexis Saaghy, 10, have both been involved in surf life saving for two years and said that the carnival on the weekend was great.

    “There are so many different activities to do and so many different races you can go in,” said Saaghy.

    Pryde said it is important to see these juniors keep developing and participating in the sport and these carnivals are a great way for that to happen.

    “We haven’t got a lot of kids in the age groups from under 11 to under 14’s, but we’ve got a lot of juniors coming through which is great,” he said.

    “Hopefully the club sees a lot of those juniors who really enjoy the sport to progress through the grades and keep improving.”

    This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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