Surf Life Saving state championship success for six female masters competitors

A team of six masters division female surf club members have returned from the state championships in Newcastle with some 14 medals.

The six squad members represented Port Macquarie, Tacking Point and Wauchope Bonny Hills surf clubs.

The event coincided with International Women's Day.

Port Macquarie SLSC's Paula Stone grabbed silver in the surf swim, bronze in the Ironwoman before placing fourth in the rescue tube.

Tacking Point's Raelene Myers enjoyed a tremendous competition claiming gold medals in rescue tube, Ironwoman and 2km beach run. She also grabbed a silver in the surf swim.

Wauchope Bonny Hills' Debra Bartlett took out gold in the tube race and won a bronze in the board rescue while Gayle Ellis claimed silver in the double ski and bronze in the board rescue.

Elaine Walker won silver in the single ski, silver in the double ski and two bronze medals in board rescue over two age groups.

In the surfboat area, the Port Macquarie masters ladies crew ‘Ricks Chicks ‘ battled a big shore dump and heavy chop but were able to eventually secure a gold medal.

The team consisted of, made up of Sonja Crossingham, Miranda Hudson, Meredith Paterno and Kylie Rosenbaum. Rick Rolff was the boat sweep.

The Wauchope Bonny Hills' boatettes raced in the under 19 division and reached the semi finals before missing out on a place in the finals.

Following their success at state level, several of the squad members will be representing their respective clubs at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast in April.

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