Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Cudgen Boys Reap Gold Harvest; Tweed Coasters Tune Up for State Championships with Fifth in NSW Country Carnival

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Cudgen Boys Reap Gold Harvest; Tweed Coasters Tune Up for State Championships with Fifth in NSW Country Carnival

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Byline: Jamie Gallagher jamie.gallagher@tweednews.com.au

THE boys in budgie smugglers stood tall for Cudgen SLSC at the weekend.

Securing five individual gold and a wealth of team triumphs, the strong male contingent inspired the powerhouse Tweed Coasters to fifth place in the NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships at South West Rocks.

aIt was an excellent effort from the whole team,a Cudgen president Gary Cain said.

aWe didn't have a lot of numbers down there so it was a particularly good effort to finish top five. It was a great start to the year and we've shown everyone that our guys are up there with the best.a

Nathan Sharp (under-17 male beach sprint, beach flags, open male beach sprint), Callum Smith (under-17 male rescue tube) and Scott McCartney (open male surf board) all returned home with gold medals draped around their bronzed necks.

Sharp also finished third in the open male beach flags, with Smith securing runner-up finishes in the under-17 male surf and surf board races, and third in the under-17 ironman.

The club's most renowned competitor Jarrod Cain finished second in the blue ribbon open ironman and second in the open male surf race, while clubmate Rohan Small picked up a runner-up finish in the open male single ski and bronze in the open ironman.

Young Connor Patterson snared third in the under-17 male 2km beach run.

aNathan's a very good beach competitor,a Cain said.

aCallum, too, is another good young talent and he teamed with the open men in the taplin.a

Yet while the individual efforts were outstanding, it was as a team that Cudgen excelled, winning the open male single ski, surf board, surf board rescue and taplin relays, as well as the under-17 male beach relay and all-age surf teams event.

They also claimed silver in the open male beach relay, surf board rescue and open surf teams events, as well as third spot in the under-17 surf board and taplin relays. …

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