Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Gomer' Collects Pile of Gold Medals at Championships

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

a[euro][approximately]Gomer' Collects Pile of Gold Medals at Championships

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Byline: JOSH SPASARO Sports reporter

GOMER Pyle was a simple-minded and naive character on the 1960s TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.

He was often awestruck by the simplest of things, resulting in his catchphrases ashazam!a, ag-o-l-l-ya and asur-prisea.

Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club member Greg Pile carries the nickname Gomer.

And although some of his fans might have exclaimed agolly gosha after his four gold medals at the Far North Coast Championships at Yamba on Sunday, Pile is anything but naive.

In fact, his knowledge of the surf is exemplary.

This is because Pile, 62, has been a lifesaver for 47 years. He is described by his Byron Bay peers as a legend.

Pile won the ironman, flag, surf swim and sprint and finished second in the ski event in the 60-years-and-over division at the Yamba carnival.

That was after he won gold in the 60 years and over at the NSW Country Championships at South West Rocks last month.

Not bad for someone who has not competed often in recent times. …

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