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2018 Aussie Championships @ Western Australia - results

Here is a wash up of our results at the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships @ Scarborough Beach Western Australia.

WOW 4 seasons of weather over the week long event, weather & surf forecast of swell increasing, weather conditions including heavy rain, increasing strong winds, lightning/thunder on Sunday....the right decision was made & all events were brought forward to complete on the Saturday. The Australian Surf Life Saving Championship Competition Committee has confirmed that the finals package for the event will be conducted on Saturday 21 April 2018 in light of poor weather conditions forecast for Sunday 22 April.

We thank the athletes, team managers, Scarborough Surf Life Saving Club, City of Stirling, Police and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for their input, feedback and support of this decision.

First up we had 5 youth athletes race at the 2018 SLSA Youth Championships at Scarborough Beach WA. All you can ask is to have a go, race hard, respect all & be proud to represent BULLI SLSC. Well Holly Holmesby, Coen Taylor, Max Ottaway, Jeremy Woodford & Lucas Ottaway did what was asked in bucket loads.👌👏👍

Australian finalist;

# Lucas Ottaway 9th U14 ironperson

# Lucas Ottaway 12th U14 swim

# Jeremy Woodford 16th U14 swim

# Holly Holmesby 13th U14 ironperson

# Holly Holmesby 7th U14 swim

#U15 Male Cameron Relay (11th)...Jeremy Woodford, Max Ottaway, Coen Taylor & Lucas Ottaway

Thankyou to our parents who supported our youth athletes over the past 2 days of competition at Aussies. Thankyou to Penny Ottaway, Sean Taylor & Karen Holmesby acting as team managers plus these 3 along with Paul Ottaway as iron person handlers...great couple of days🏊‍♂️🍺🍷🥗🍕🍟🍔🌞...extra support from Karen's mum & dad plus Leanne Taylor👏


Now over to our boats where we had the Open & U23 Men racing. The wash up from the Open Men's boat final...wow what a cluster....2 false starts then malfunction & sounding of starting machine (whilst crews rowing through gate cans it goes off) led to a long time of frustration on the beach for spectators & crews. The guys rowed great looking likely for a 2nd place...but the swell gods had other ideas, bang crash & ultimate spectacular roll causing damage to the boat, battery lost & most importantly the safety & wellfare to our crew. Dean Roberts did suffer an injury (couple of cracked ribs)....Dean is in good spirits👍Not the best way to finish Aussies, but as someone said...'shit happens'! For the record Bateman's Bay SLSC looked great all weekend along with our guys & deserved their win in the Open Men's final. 

Officially our Open Men DNF🤔

We had a little chat with the Boat Referee👺to offer our disappointment on 2 false starts & other little after incidents.

Congratulations to all the crews in the Open Boat final...it took a long time.

The club is proud of the boys as always. Big effort guys Shane Geloven (sweep), Dean Roberts, Heath Mercer, Ben Lowe & Fraser Worthington.

Our U23 guys raced well all weeeknd & a bit of luck deserted them in the final, off the beach last, rowed their guts out to get back into the race, but the early effort took its toll, claiming 6th in the final. Well done boys Barry Lowe (sweep), Albert Smeaton, Iszak Lunney, Kyle Mercer & Lachlan O'Grady.

Big thank you to John Allan @ TOLL GROUP, Matthew Murrell @ MURRELLS FREIGHT LINES & PACIFIC NATIONAL for assisting us with the transportation of craft/boats over to WA, it was great apreciated!!   

Big thank you to our surf/craft coaches Scott Jones & Jake Hogarth for your efforts through out the season & all of our boat sweeps that assisted during the season. 



PS Special mention to Kaimana Fittock, a patrolling member of the club & raced up until the NSW Championships with Bulli SLSC. Kai decided to race for Wanda SLSC at Aussies after we didn't have any other older aged athletes going over to WA (due to national swimming & other commitments) & she really wanted to do team events. What a carnival she had claiming 2 individual & 3 team medals in the U17 & U19 age category. Congratulations Kaimana, well done for your hard training during the season.