Far North Coast surf lifesaving branch has two new national champions.
Lennox Head-Alstonville’s Tanyn Lyndon and Byron Bay’s Shannon Hulbert-Green are the male and female Under-17 ironman and ironwoman champions after surprising more-fancied opponents at the nationals at Scarborough Beach in Western Australia over the weekend.
Tanyn has been a prolific winner for his club and NSW over the past few years but went into the nationals under a cloud after coming down with a chest infection.
However, he made light of his limited preparation to break through at national level for a second time after his win in the Under-15 event last year.
Shannon Hulbert-Green finished as Far North Coast’s most successful competitor.
She added the ironwoman title to her earlier gold in the board rescue relay after teaming up with Jade Nelson-Chapman.
Shannon won a bronze medal in the tube rescue race.
In other good performances:
Lennox Head-Alstonville’s Under-15 surf team of Nathan Diehm, Michael Barnett, Hayden Thomas and Ben Condie finished fifth.
Nadi Canning (Lennox Head-Alstonville) reached three semi-finals and a final in open- aged events.
Byron Bay’s Emily Battese made four individual Under-15 events.
Kim Chappell (Byron Bay) reached the Under-19 ski final.
Meanwhile, memories of Ballina Lighthouse-Lismore’s glory days in surf boat racing were rekindled when North Cottesloe won a third successive Open A boat race.
That win put them alongside Ballina-Lismore, who won from 1967-1969.
Other three-time winners include Cronulla (1933-35) and Warriewood (1979-81).
The Ballina crew members – Lance Goldsmith, Cec Denny, Warren Tulk, Max Sidney and Brian Sidney – were recently inducted into the Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame.