NSW Surf Life Saving title: Hosts Swansea Belmont make strong start

ONE UP: Swansea-Belmont's Nicholas Stoddart and Saxon Coates celebrate victory in the under-15 board rescue final on Friday. Picture: SLSNSW

ONE UP: Swansea-Belmont's Nicholas Stoddart and Saxon Coates celebrate victory in the under-15 board rescue final on Friday. Picture: SLSNSW

Saxon Coates and Nicholas Stoddart got hosts Swansea Belmont off to a strong start at the NSW open surf lifesaving championships at Blacksmiths Beach on Friday.

The pair won the under-15 male board rescue before backing up with Ashby Allen to claim the board relay. They then combined with Kalen Gocher to take out the Cameron relay. Allen, Coates and Stoddart, along with Daniel Chisholm, also picked up silver in the surf teams.

Also on day one of the three-day carnival, Cooks Hills’ Bella Williams and Freya Konetschnik won the under-15 female board rescue and helped the club to silver in the Cameron and board relays.

Swansea Belmont’s Angela Leadbeatter claimed the open women’s 2km beach run after winning the event at the masters titles on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Redhead ironman Daniel Collins made a comfortable start to his campaign in the open surf, board and ironman. He progressed to the last 16 of all three through heats on Friday and will contest the board rescue, surf teams and taplin relay on Saturday for Redhead.

UP AND RUNNING: Redhead ironman Daniel Collins in action during the Ocean6 series round at North Wollongong this summer. Picture: Ocean6

UP AND RUNNING: Redhead ironman Daniel Collins in action during the Ocean6 series round at North Wollongong this summer. Picture: Ocean6

“I just wanted to get through them all pretty comfortably and leave something for the individual finals on Sunday,” Collins said.

“Last year was my first year in opens and I got third in the ironman, which was Redhead’s first medal in the open ironman ever, so that was pretty exciting and special.”

Clubmate Isak Costello also progressed to the ironman and board finals. Collins expected Max Brooks and Kendrick Louis to be contenders on Sunday.

“Max Brooks is definitely in form, coming off a win in the last round of the Ocean6,” he said. “Kendrick Louis always gets in good form coming to the end of the season. He’s had a hit and miss series for him in the Ocean6 but he’s been on fire today.”